Benefits of Quinoa

January 14, 2009 by Katelyn   | Filed under Health & Wellness


Quinoa Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah), known as the "mother of all grains," is my pick for one of the best protein sources and rice replacement.  Of course, we all know white rice is not the first choice when it comes to staying slim.  It is high in carbs and low in protein.  As a healthier choice, some people eat brown rice instead of white.  But quinoa, in my opinion, stands head and shoulders above even brown rice.  Its protein content is very high (12-18%) and it's low in carbs, which is especially important for vegetarians and vegans.  What's more, it is a complete protein source, containing a balanced set of essential amino acids.  Quinoa is also a great source of fiber and high in magnesium and iron; you just can't argue with the power in its punch!  And the best quality?  It tastes great!

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Quinoa PreparedPrepare quinoa as you would prepare rice.  I use a rice cooker to make life easier for myself.  Use one part quinoa to two parts water.  For example, put one cup of quinoa and two cups of water into your rice cooker, put the lid on, press the "cook" button and you're done!  (To make quinoa extra tasty, use vegetable broth instead of water).  You can make great vegetable pilaf with this, or just eat it with stir-fry. Like I said, it is a great rice substitute, so add it wherever you would add rice in your dishes.  Bon appetit!

Quinoa is available online (such as and, Trader Joes, Whole Foods and other health food stores.

Looking for some quinoa cookbooks? Try these:


5 Responses to “Benefits of Quinoa”
  1. Robin says:

    You are right on about quinoa- and it’s amazingly stylish right now! As the author of The New Whole Grains Cookbook (Chronicle Books) I have been teaching and touring, meeting people who are trying to eat more whole grains-and quinoa is really taking off in the mainstream.
    It only takes 15 minutes, cooks up fluffy and light, and you can just feel how good it is for you. Try cooking up a pot and serving it instead of rice for stir fry, or stirring it into canned soup for a hearty lunch. I have a recipe in the book for a Mexican Pepita-Cilantro Quinoa that is always a hit at book signings.
    Keep up the good work, beauty begins in a healthy body.

  2. Anna says:

    Thanks Robin! I’ve added your book to our recommendation list!

  3. Retromusik says:

    It looks quite good I must say. Does it taste like rice, or it has a flavour of its own?

  4. Anna says:

    It has a flavor of it’s own, it’s actually really tasty! It’s definitely better tasting than brown rice in my opinion. I highly recommend it!

  5. Ali says:

    I love quinoa–it has a nutty taste, definitely better when you use vegetable broth to cook it. Almost like a mini version of couscous. It has so much protein and very high in fiber, so you stay full much longer! This is definitely tasty, healthy food that will slim you down–can’t beat that!

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