5 Great Reasons to Try Quinoa

By Dr. Carmin Iadonisi

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Everyone knows that whole grains provide a whole host of health benefits including lowering heart disease risk and helping with weight maintenance.

I love to experiment with different whole grains and by far one of my favorites is Quinoa (pronounced Keen-wa).Over the past few years, I would often start my day with a big bowl of hot quinoa mixed with walnuts, flaxseeds, berries and protein powder.

It is one breakfast that leaves me feeling satisfied and full of energy for the rest of the day.

Recently, my wife has become an expert at cooking quinoa and we now eat it as a side dish more often than rice or sweet potatoes.

5 Reasons to Eat Quinoa

  1. Price – Quinoa is inexpensive.
    One of the biggest challenges that I hear from patients is that eating healthier is often too costly. I agree that many organic foods are more expensive, but whole grains are one exception. For only $2.95 per pound- you have enough quinoa to eat several times in one week.
  2. Quinoa is gluten free
    With the rising incidence of Celiac’s disease in many populations, Quinoa is one grain that contains no gluten, so it is safe for anyone with Celiac’s disease or a suspected intolerance to wheat products.
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  4. Quinoa is a good source of protein.
    A ½ cup serving of dry quinoa has approximately 11 grams of protein. When cooked, one cup of quinoa is about 254 calories and has almost 9 grams of protein. Quinoa is one of the few grains that is a complete protein.
  5. Quinoa is loaded with minerals
    Quinoa contains potassium, magnesium and manganese. Of these three minerals, magnesium is one of the most common mineral deficiencies in the body. Magnesium helps regulate the absorption of calcium, energy production and aids with muscle contraction.
  6. Quinoa is easy to cook.
    One of the easiest ways to make quinoa is to take 1 cup of quinoa and boil it with 2 cups of organic chicken broth. This normally takes about 15 minutes. As the quinoa is finished, add 1 Tbsp of curry powder. Now you can sprinkle in anything you want from raisins to sautéed mushrooms and enjoy.

Ways to Use Quinoa

  • In place of rice
  • In soups
  • In salads
  • As a breakfast cereal
  • In vegetarian chili or meat sauce
  • In veggie burgers
  • In puddings

Let us know any of your favorite quinoa recipes.

68 Comments

  1. Goose

    “But there is an unpalatable truth to face for those of us with a bag of quinoa in the larder. The appetite of countries such as [the UK] for this grain has pushed up prices to such an extent that poorer people in Peru and Bolivia, for whom it was once a nourishing staple food, can no longer afford to eat it. Imported junk food is cheaper. In Lima, quinoa now costs more than chicken. Outside the cities, and fuelled by overseas demand, the pressure is on to turn land that once produced a portfolio of diverse crops into quinoa monoculture.”

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/jan/16/vegans-stomach-unpalatable-truth-quinoa

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  2. pandurang

    Hello friends
    quinoa is also available in haiko supermarket hiranandani powai Mumbai

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  3. venkat

    Hi Friends you can get Quinoa from Zansaar.com in India they have a different types of quinoas. Direct link – http://www.zansaar.com/search/quinoa.

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  4. Hema Gujar

    Quinoa is available in India ,imported & distributed by Chenab Impex Pvt Ltd. Sole Representatives for TIPIAK EPICENTRE-FRANCE. Address of Chenab Impex pvt.Ltd. is J1A ANSA iND ESTATE ,SAKI-VIHAR ROAD,SAKI-NAKA,ANDHERI (E) MUMBAI 400072

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    • MSD

      Is there an email or telephone number to reach them? thanks

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      • venkat

        u can contact – 080.49170000 (India).

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    • sneha vadnere

      hi, i want to buy quinoa seeds in bulk so can u provide us in wholesale rate

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  5. kunal

    I am in Delhi and interested in buying quinoa. Do you know where to get this in Delhi?
    Kunal

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    • Sheetal

      Hello Kunal,

      I am willing to buy Quinoa,Please tell me the brand of Quinoa that you have, price and how can you deliver it us.

      Thanks,
      Sheetal

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    • Yogen

      It is available in khanna market lodhi road , with all shops which sell food grain and makes flour ( chakki ) Bansal flour Mill .

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  6. amit jain

    hi,
    its amit jain from delhi india. kindly tell me the place in india where i could get whole grain quinoa, or can i get from you? then what is the process.
    kindly advice

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  7. blazing

    @opus

    it is our Masoor dal 🙂

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    • amit jain

      are u sure? its masoor dal

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    • shreya

      its our MORAIYA .. gujju people useing this in fast..

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  8. T. Kallmyer

    It’s quinoa in hindi as well

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  9. Kapil

    Plz What’s name is quinoa in hindi . . .

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  10. dinesh

    From where to purchase quinoa in india

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    • pina patel

      quinoa is available in ahmedabad.It is good for all vegitarian peoples.

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      • Rishab Jain

        Where can we get in ahmedabad?

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  11. Diann LaRosa

    I’ve tried quiona once and did not like. Since then I’ve had it mixed with other grains and enjoyed it. I’m going to try it again in a squash recipe. I have not found quiona any cheapter than $5.00 per pound. Please tell me where I can purchase it for less money?

    Thanks,

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  12. yum

    Quinoa may grow in North America but has been used in the middle east and mediteranian for many centuries.

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  13. Prabha

    Ms.Wanitha,
    I am in Delhi and interested in buying quinoa. Do you know where to get this in Delhi? Can I get this from you? I may come to Bangalore in October 2010. So Can I get quinoa then?
    Prabha

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    • kunal

      Hi Prabha,

      did you get quinoa anywhere in Delhi? Please tell me if you get and let me know where can i buy in Delhi NCR.

      Thanks.

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    • arun

      May b @ in&out stores@petrol pumps

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  14. Lana

    That’s why quinoa is so good for vegans and vegetarians who don’t eat meat.

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  15. h0tt8ers

    I make a power breakfast every morning with quinoa. It helps regulate my blood sugar so I only need a small snack, like string cheese or some nuts before I go running at lunchtime. Here is my recipe:

    1 cup cooked organic sprouted quinoa
    2 poached organic brown eggs
    1/4 cup organic steamed kale
    1/4 cup organic steamed spinach
    1 or 2 tablespoons of local, organic tzatziki

    It is so good! Occasionally I subsitute different veggies, like steamed lemon asparagus, or steamed broccoli. I have even tried a tablespoon of sesame miso dressing instead of tzatziki.

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  16. veena

    tell me where can ifind quinoa in india @ what would be the price per kg.

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  17. Hello

    hello you can mail me if u have any prob in cooking

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