We’ve all heard the praises of quinoa, and yes – the hype is for real!
Quinoa is actually a pseud0 grain. It’s not actually a grain, but a seed. It comes from a flowering plant in the amaranth family that originated in the Andes. It is naturally gluten-free, making it a great alternative for those sensitive not only to gluten, but to grains in general. It’s high in protein, in fact, contains all 8 of the essential amino acids (what protein is broken down into in the body), and even provides calcium, B-vitamins, and iron. It is such a popular and loved super food that 2013 was officially declared the International Year of Quinoa by the United Nations General Assembly as a contribution to global food security!
One of our favorite ways to use quinoa in a quick and delicious recipe the whole family will love:
Eat the rainbow!
Eat 5 vibrant colors each day in your fruits and vegetables to ensure a broad spectrum of different nutrients – this beautiful quinoa salad gives you 3 of them!