Quinoa is an ancient grain that is naturally gluten-free and has a sweet nutty taste. Unlike other grains, quinoa is actually a complete protein! Not only is quinoa a great source of protein, it’s also a great source of carbohydrates. For the athletes out there, quinoa is a great option to replenish glycogen stores and to repair/rebuild muscle tissue. Evidence suggests that having adequate carbohydrates in the diet will help athletes last longer and perform better.
Aside from protein and carbohydrates, quinoa also provides a variety of other nutrients like iron, B-vitamins, phosphorous, potassium, and fibre. When it comes to fibre, did you know that most Canadians don’t get enough in their diets? Fibre may help reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and digestive disturbances.
Quinoa can be used the same way you would use rice in a dish. Instead of white rice, where most of the nutrients is stripped away, try using quinoa and benefit from all the nutrition it has to offer. We like to use complex carbohydrates - like quinoa - in our dishes, which help prevent spikes in blood glucose levels. You can find this nutrient-packed grain in our Quinoa & Oat Porridge or alongside brown rice as a delicious pilaf in our lunch options.