Quinoa Natural White
- Product ID 242142-08n001
- Shipping Weight: 16 oz.
110 in stock
Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) is a light, fluffy, edible seed that feels and tastes more like a grain. Our quinoa is pre-rinsed so it is ready for cooking! Thanks to its mild, somewhat nutty and irresistible flavor, quinoa is an immensely popular food. But this “mother grain” is also valued for its tremendous nutritional content.
How To Cook Quinoa
To cook quinoa, just combine one part of our quinoa with two parts water or broth, bring the mixture to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. Fluff it with a fork, and it’s delicious and ready to serve as-is or with your choice of seasonings.
This power-packed nutritional combo helped give quinoa the name “Gold of the Incas” when it was cultivated thousands of years ago in the Andes; Incan warriors highly valued the crop for the energy and stamina it gave them.
Among the wholesome attributes that make the quinoa grain special are:
1) Quinoa is considered a complete protein because it contains all 9 essential amino acids. A one-cup serving of cooked quinoa contains 12-18% Daily Value (DV) for protein, which is more than any grain. In particular, quinoa contains lysine, an amino acid that most grains lack. Lysine helps the body absorb calcium and reduces stress-induced anxiety.
2) According to the USDA, quinoa contains nearly twice as much dietary fiber as other grains. A serving of quinoa has about 20% DV for dietary fiber, which supports a healthy digestive system by speeding up the passage of food and waste. It also keeps you feeling full longer to prevent overeating and promote weight loss.
3) Quinoa is a good source of minerals like phosphorous, magnesium and iron. Phosphorous is important for bone formation, kidney health, and muscle strength. Magnesium controls blood glucose levels, aids the absorption of calcium, and regulates blood pressure. Iron helps deliver oxygen-rich blood cells throughout the body.
Start With A Simple Quinoa Recipe
Cooking quinoa is extremely easy and fast (see above for cooking instructions). Cooked quinoa is similar in flavor, texture and consistency to both rice and couscous, but it is much more nutritious. Try substituting this superfood for rice or couscous in all sorts of recipes–stir fry, soup, casseroles and more– to reinvent it as a high-protein meal. This easy and nutritious quinoa tabbouleh salad recipe is a great place to start. You can also make quinoa flour by grinding the seeds.
Store quinoa in sealed plastic or glass containers in a cool, dark, dry cabinet. Quinoa will stay fresh for one year if properly stored.
Buy Quinoa For Special Diets
One of quinoa’s greatest benefits is that it is so well suited to a wide range of dietary restrictions. As a rare complete protein in the plant world, it can be the cornerstone of nutrition for vegans and vegetarians who can’t get protein from meat, fish, poultry or dairy.