Quinoa, pronounced keen-wah, is treated and used like a grain, but it is in fact the seed of a plant similar to spinach. It has a natural bitter coating of saponins which is why you need to rinse it before you cook it. I just place my quinoa in a sieve and sit it under a running tap, giving it a good mix with my hands.
Quinoa is a complete protein which is one of the reasons it has been so popular in the food and fitness industry. It makes a perfect alternative for vegans and vegetarians or anyone wanting to eat less animal protein in their diet. Quinoa is packed with vitamins and minerals including;
- Vitamin B6
- Vitamin E
Quinoa can keep you feeling fuller for longer as it helps even out your blood sugar levels. It is easy to digest and naturally gluten free.
You can buy quinoa in most UK supermarkets or health food shops. I buy mine from Ocado/Waitrose and it costs £3.00 for 500g. It comes in a bag like rice or cous cous and is usually with the dried lentils and beans in the supermarkets. (The quinoa pictured above is an american product, not available in the UK – It’s just one that I had from a friend).
You could try some of these Clean Eating recipes using quinoa;