Quinoa: Is it worth all the hype?

Super Mom Golden Rule: Always stay “in” with what’s trending to maintain our “cool” and up-to-date factor with the kids and family.

So this is me getting on the Quinoa train to check it out … toot toot

I’m very sure that you all have been bombarded with the marketing hype behind the Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah). All major restaurants and chefs now have special platters and recipes dedicated to this plant.

quinoa plant
Red Quinoa Field

 

When I first started seeing it, I honestly thought it was a new agricultural discovery… but after researching, it has been grown in the fields of South America dating back centuries. So what marketing mastermind bought this plant to the foreground – simple numbers will help us understand that in 2013 (a year dedicated to the Quinoa internationally) the Quinoa global prices rose +86% and still rising (based on Peru’s National Institute for Statistics and Information).

It definitely has numerous benefits:

1- Rich in protein (containing all 9 essential amino acids)

2- High in Fiber (almost twice as much as other grains)

3- Contains Iron

4- Contains Lysine (essential for tissue growth and repair)

5- Rich in Magnesium

6- High in Riboflavin (B2) – improves energy metabolism within brain and muscle cells

7- High level of Manganese

 

Impressive so had to try it! Went to the supermarket and after a mild heart attack when I saw the price,
I  bought a small packet.

Same cooking method as rice (white spiral threads appear around the grain tells you its done).

 

RECIPE: 

Super- Healthy Salad for the family:

Quinoa

Edimame (the other trending plant now- the soybean pods)

Tomatoes

Cucumbers

Lettuce 

With a Light Vinaigrette Dressing

 

 


 

Final review:

Light tasting – but couldn’t distinguish it much from Bulgur (Cracked Wheat) – a less expensive grain with numerous benefits of its own.

Bulghur has high levels of iron, magnesium, Vitamin E and B vitamins, and even some antioxidants, this can help to prevent fatigue and fend off stress as well as preventing anemia and low blood iron. Read more: http://www.ehow.com/list_6152043_cracked-wheat-benefits.html

Definitely living in our society we tend to prefer the more expensive and prestigious items – even if sometimes we can’t afford it (will leave that for another post)

But personally – Quinoa is an amazing plant but let’s not forget the others that did not yet get a proper “marketing buzz” and have their prices soar!

Would I recommend: Why not, you should always try new things… but my personal opinion its an over-priced bulgur.

 

 


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