Quinoa is considered a complete food and a grain that I recommend you include in your diet. It has the highest nutritional profile & cooks the fastest of all grains.
It is an extremely high energy grain and has been grown & consumed for over 8,000 years on the high plains of the Andes Mountains in South America. The Incas were able to run such long distances at such a high altitude because of this powerful grain.
Here are some highlights of why I recommend quinoa:
- Contains all 8 amino acids to make it a complete protein
- Has a substantial amount of protein for a grain
- High in B vitamins, iron, zinc, potassium, calcium
- Gluten free
- Easy to digest
- To save time,
Pro Tip: Cook a bunch of quinoa at once and leave in the fridge for leftovers. You can add finely chopped raw vegetables and oil/vinegar for a salad or add cooked chopped root vegetables for a warm side dish. Before cooking, quinoa needs to be rinsed to remove the toxic (but naturally occurring) bitter coating, called Saponin. Once the saponin is rinsed it will leave a soapy solution in the water. Quinoa is normally rinsed before it is packaged & sold but it’s not a bad idea to rinse at home too.