The American Dietetic Association’s Tip of the Day yesterday was “Get Keen on Quinoa.” Here is what they say:
“For a diet rich in whole grain and variety, try adding quinoa to your menu. Quinoa, pronounced keen-wah, is often referred to as the mother of all grains since it sustained the people of the Andes Mountains for more than 5,000 years.
Quinoa is a complete protein supplying all eight of the essential amino acids and is a good source of fiber, folate, magnesium, iron, phosphorous and many phytochemicals.
Quinoa can help with heart disease, diabetes and cancer prevention. It has a mild, nutty flavor, a fluffy texture similar to couscous and it can be used in place of rice, pasta or other grains. Serve quinoa for breakfast in place of hot cereal, as a salad or a side dish. One cup provides five grams of fiber and contains over 200 calories.”
Remember, quinoa is a “complete protein” and it offers all eight of the essential amino acids. Soybeans, amaranth, buckwheat, hempseed, and spirulina are also “complete protein” foods that are vegan.