2013: The Year of Quinoa, Written by: Kayte Corrigan

Apparently the Food and Agricultural organization of the United Nations have bestowed upon us 2013, the year of the Quinoa, declaring it so with strong support from Bolivia and Central American countries. We find that great news. Quinoa is awesome, let us count the ways.

  • Protein Rich. A complete protein with 9 essential amino aids for muscle repair and growth.
  • Fiber Rich. Surprisingly quinoa has almost twice the fiber as most grains.
  • High in Vitamins and Minerals: Iron for the red blood cells, Lysine for tissue growth and repair, Magnesium to relax blood vessels (for migraine sufferers) and blood sugar control, Riboflavin for good metabolism and Manganese
  • Gluten Free with a low glycemic index. Substitute it for rice, use quinoa flour for cooking, quinoa flakes instead of oatmeal. It’s a carb that will stick with you without the blood sugar spike. 
  • Easy to digest. Ever wake up to funny dreams after a cheese plate? Quinoa is easy to digest making it a great accompaniment to an evening meal.

Quinoa was thought scared by the Incas of South American Andes mountains, calling it the mother seed. Spanish conquistadores made it illegal for the Indians to grow it. In the 1980s a couple hippies in Colorado started growing it after noticing it’s rich nutrients. It’s best grown in high elevations.

 ***Always rinse before you cook as the seed is coated with a soapy toxic chemical called saponin. Although commercial manufacturers remove much of the bitter saponin coating before it gets to you, it’s always a good idea to give it an extra washing.