Growing up in Bolivia, quinoa was a staple. When I moved to the US to go to college, I missed it so much that every trip home, I always packed a good supply to take back. It was exciting when quinoa started showing up in US stores, and is now everywhere.
I love its unique texture and nutritional benefits.
“Quinoa is considered a complete protein, containing all essential amino acids in a nearly perfect balance. It is also a good source of fiber, and, compared to other grains, is relatively good source of iron, magnesium, calcium, vitamin A and vitamin E. It is easily digested, but it has a relatively low glycemic index value, remaining its sugars are released into the bloodstream slowly, allowing it to provide sustained energy over many hours.”
<i>The Essential Good Food Guide</I>, Margaret Wittenberg