Monday, January 21, 2013


It's not surprising that I didn't learn about this pseudocereal until I moved to UK, because it comes from regions in Ecuador, Bolivia, Columbia and Peru which is far far away from cold Baltic Sea:)

So what there is to know about this magic seed:
You cook it like rice - pilaf for dinner, porridge for breakfast.

But not without reason it has been called "mother of all grains". It doesn't have more protein than beans or legumes but it has more protein that other grains - 14% from mass.

Best thing about quinoa is that it has complete protein package - all essential amino acids which is rare in vegetable sources(usually we use animal sources or soybeans to get all essential amino acids )

Quinoa is also gluten free and cholestorol free, recently there have been discoveries that quinoa has great concentration of some antioxidants and it also contains anti-inflammatory phytonutrients

Nutrients in quinoa 42,50g and % Daily Value

manganese 43%

tryptophan 21.8%

magnesium 20.9%

folate 19.5%

phosphorus 19.4%

Calories (156)8%

The Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has officially declared that the year 2013 be recognized as "The International Year of the Quinoa."

So lets have some more Quinoa this year!

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