Saturday, February 12, 2011

What is Quinoa?

(Pronounced keen-wa) Quinoa is usually considered a grain but is actually a seed and a relative of leafy green vegetables like spinach and swiss chard- and you know how good those are for you. It is a complete protein and features a bunch of other health-building nutrients. Research on quinoa has been shown to help in numerous health issues including: migraines, hypertension, ischemic heart disease, breast cancer, childhood asthma, gallstone prevention, type 2 diabetes and many more. 

Easy ways to include quinoa into your diet include: adding to soup, use quinoa flour in cookies and muffins, or instead of oatmeal for breakfast try a bowl of quinoa. There are also products that use quinoa you can find in the health food section of your grocery store like pasta, crackers, and granola bars. 

Look for quinoa in the baking or health food section of your local supermarket. Two popular brands that sell quinoa are Arrowhead Mills, and Bob's Red Mill. You want to store quinoa in an airtight container. It will keep for a longer period of time if stored in the refrigerator.

If you can't find quinoa locally visit one of these websites where you can get a pound of quinoa for less than $5 (before shipping): , , .

For more detailed information on this super food visit: worlds healthiest food: quinoa . 

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