Quinoa is the Spanish version of a Quechua word kinua from the Andean region of South America where is has been a staple for thousands of years. If you want to be correct about it, sound it out phonetically as kee-NOO-ah.
This superfood is often referred to as a gluten-free grain but is actually a seed from the Chenopodium quinoa plant.
Quinoa Nutrient Values
Quinoa is considered a valuable protein source because it it provides the perfect balance of all nine essential amino acids - a rarity in plant based proteins.
Quinoa Crack contains 12% of the recommended intake for protein in one serving! but because it provides the perfect balance of all nine essential amino acids - a rarity in plant based proteins. This makes it perfect for vegetarians, vegans and anyone looking to introduce more healthy plant proteins into their diet.
It’s also extremely nutrient dense containing good levels of:
- Iron - essential for energy and immune support
- B6 - to boost energy production and balance mood
- Magnesium - to calm the nervous system and promote relaxation
- Folate - essential for energy production and mood balancing, requirements of this nutrient increase in pregnancy as folate is also used in foetal growth and development.
- Zinc - important for your healthy immune function and wound healing
- Boron - required for healthy bones, muscles and hormones
- Fibre - essential for anyone wanting healthy, regular bowel movements
- Antioxidants to protect your body from ageing and disease.
If you are cooking quinoa rather than eating our cereal, remember to soak and wash your quinoa before cooking to remove the phytic acid which can reduce the bioavailability of all those wonderful vitamins and minerals which quinoa is so rich in!