Great Grains… it’s Quinoa!

6 Feb

Rainbow_Quinoa_ref.1951[1]If you’re looking for a healthy, nutritious side dish or snack, try quinoa.

Quinoa (pronounced, keen-wa), native to Peru and Bolivia, is one of several grains that dates back centuries and is finding its way into modern diets.  Red or white, quinoa has the highest protein content of any grain, and may help reduce belly fat, lower cholesterol, and protect against cancer and other diseases.  The high demand for quinoa has actually led to a shortage in its native countries.

What makes quinoa — and other whole grains — so nutritious?  Their outer layers (the bran and underlying germ), which are rich in nutrients, don’t get stripped away during processing.  Quinoa is also high in fiber and quick to prepare… it can be on the table in less than 15 minutes.  Serve it instead of rice or noodles.  You can find lots of quinoa recipes and it tastes great hot or cold.

There are several other healthful heirloom grains worth trying, like bulgur, millet, and whole-wheat couscous.


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