Quinoa on the Rise!

The first time I heard of quinoa was in 2008. I was going on a 7-day cleanse (not any of the starve-yourself kind) and quinoa was listed as one of the clean, preservative-free foods on the menu. Hmm! I wonder where I can get me some of that quinoa? It took me forever to finally come across it at the Whole Foods Market in Columbus Circle in NYC (I could spend HOURS in that Whole Foods). Then, a client of mine (Thanks, Carrie!) gave me a box in my holiday gift bag and I’ve been hooked since!

It’s funny to see how popular quinoa has become over the last 3 years and when I talk to clients about healthy eating options it surprises me more when they talk about quinoa as a carbohydrate and… “carbs are bad for you!” Quinoa is indeed a carbohydrate, but it is a jackpot of vitamins, minerals and amino acids, falls quite low on the glycemic index and relatively high in protein. It is actually more closely related to vegetables like spinach and beets! Raise your hand if you didn’t know that one! What we buy in Whole Foods and simmer up in 10 minutes are actually the seeds of the quinoa plant. The leaves are edible as well, but very limited, so chances are you won’t come across quinoa greens anytime soon!

Quinoa has become a staple in my home and I hope it can become one in your home as well!

Nutrition facts for this cool little seed!

Click here for one of my favorite quinoa recipes! Enjoy!

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One Response to Quinoa on the Rise!

  1. [...] Quinoa: a sprouted seed high in protein, containing essential amino acids and dietary fiber. Quinoa is also gluten free. [...]

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