Quinoa Grain is a high protein grain and a complete protein source.
The health benefits of quinoa make it a very attractive food for Vegans or for people cutting back on carbs.
What is Quinoa? Quinoa is an Ancient food of the Inca Indians and is native to the Andes.
This high protein grain is technically a seed and it is related to leafy greens such as spinach and swiss chard. I call it a pseudo grain.
Being one of the best sources of protein in the plant world is definitely one of the health benefits of quinoa.
The quinoa grain or quinoa seed can grow in harsh environments and comes in different colors such as yellow, red, brown, and black
This high protein grain has a unique coating called saponin that serves to protect it from birds and the environment.
If the saponins aren't removed, quinoa will have a bitter taste and will be some what toxic.
If the high protein grain that you purchased, has not had its saponins removed - simply put quinoa into a fine mesh strainer and rinse under cold running water for a few minutes.
Also, soaking quinoa in acidic water for 12 to 24 hours will help to break down anti-nutrients found in the quinoa grain. This also helps to make quinoa more nutritious, so that you can enjoy the health benefits of quinoa.
Quinoa has a light and fluffy texture when cooked and it can easily be used as a replacement for other grains especially rice.