Quinoa is a popular grain that is high in fibre and protein and is also gluten-free, making it the perfect carbohydrate alternative for those suffering from Coeliac disease. We explore quinoa's true health benefits and instruct on the best way to cook quinoa.
How do you say quinoa?
First and foremost, it's a good idea to know how to pronounce the word 'quinoa'. Most people who have never heard it said out loud before would think it's pronounce 'kwi-noah' but it's actually pronounced 'kee-nwah'. Now you can ask for it at the supermarket without worrying about saying it wrong!
What are the health benefits of quinoa?
Quinoa is a grain and whole grains are packed with nutrients such as protein, fibre, vitamins, and anti-oxidants. Quinoa specifically is healthier than most grains and typically contains 4.4g of protein per 100g. Cooked quinoa is a relatively good source of fibre and contains more than brown rice. Quinoa also contains all essential amino acids which is unusual for a plant-derivative and perfect for those following a vegan or free-from diet.
How to cook quinoa
- First, rinse the dry quinoa in cold water to remove any bitterness.
- Pour boiling water into a saucepan and add a pinch of salt
- Once the water reaches a proper boil, turn down the heat and add the quinoa
- Cover and simmer for 15 minutes
- Once the quinoa is cooked, transfer to a bowl and allow to sit for 5 minutes so that it become lovely and fluffy
- Fluff it up with a fork and enjoy! Add to salads for a protein kick and extra nutrients.