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Quinoa – The Complete Protein

What is Quinoa?

Quinoa is a small grain food that was originally popular in South America.  It was commonly referred to as “the mother grain” among the Incas.

What does it look like?

Quinoa has the appearance of little round, flat discs.

Quinoa - uncooked
Uncooked Quinoa

When cooked, it appears translucent and the germ ring can be seen around the edges.

Quinoa - cooked
Cooked Quinoa

 Why should I eat it?

This superfood is a “complete protein”, containing all of the essential amino acids, making it a must-have in Vegan and Vegetarian diets.

It is also a great source of dietary fiber, providing as much as 13% of your recommended daily dietary fiber intake in one serving.

How can I use it?

This grain can be used in the same way you would use oats and rice and can also be included in veggie burgers, breakfast cereals, soups and more.

Check out my Oat Quinoa Peanut butter Breakfast Cereal recipe.

Where can I buy Quinoa?

Quinoa is produced by a number of different brands.  The brand featured in my photo below can be purchased at both Hi-Lo Foodstores and Tru-Valu supermarkets, specifically the Westmoorings and Diamond Vale branches respectively.

where to buy
O.A Quinoa Brand – can be bought at Tru Valu and Hi-Lo Foodstores
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Oat and Quinoa Peanut Butter Breakfast Cereal

Easy Oat and Quinoa Peanut Butter Breakfast Cereal Recipe

Ingredients

2/3 cup unsweetened almond milk

4 chewy peanut butter granola bars (click here for granola recipe)

½ cup cooked Quinoa

1 Tablespoon agave syrup (optional)

METHOD:

– In a small saucepan, add almond milk and crumbled granola bars and bring to a gentle boil

– When the mixture starts to simmer, give it a quick stir and take off heat.

– Next, mix in ½ cup of cooked Quinoa

– Empty into serving dish and garnish with sunflower seeds, cranberries and walnuts (optional)

– Serve and enjoy

Quinoa - Serving peanut butter breakfast cereal