Healthy food has become the need of the day. Quinoa is one such seed which is widely used in breakfast bowls, of which, amazing pictures are posted on instagram, which makes you want to try it out as well. So here I am with a packet of quinoa in my hand, all set to create a breakfast bowl with an instagram picture to kill for!!!! 😀 The Indian version would make Quinoa look like Upma! The breakfast bowls look amazing though:
About the Plant:
I must say, as I searched for the Quinoa Plant , the photographs of the plant were stunning. The plant itself is so colourful and doesn’t appear to be a superfood plant!! As I first saw the pictures, I assumed it to be a flowering plant that could be used for floral decorations. Have a look at these pictures:
Quinoa, (Chenopodium quinoa), plant species grown for its tiny edible seeds. As a member of the Amaranthaceae family, quinoa is not a true cereal. Its seeds are high in protein and fibre, and its young leaves are also nutritious and can be eaten as a vegetable similar to spinach (to which it is related). The plant is native to the Andean region of South America, where it has been a staple crop for millennia. Touted for its health benefits, quinoa is now grown in a number of countries around the world, including the United States, Canada, Italy, Sweden, and India, but most of it is still grown in Peru and Bolivia.
After harvest, the seeds are processed to remove the bitter-tasting outer seed coat. Versatile for many dishes, cooked quinoa supplies nutrient content similar to wheat and rice, such as moderate amounts of protein, dietary fiber, and minerals. Quinoa is gluten-free.
Quinoa is a little expensive and that might refrain you from making a purchase. But yes, you could give it a try and then decide if you would want to continue with the product. Or maybe you could purchase this once in two months if you like it 🙂
Price: It is priced at Rs.149
Quantity: 100gms (also available in 200gm, 400gm and 900gm)
Shelf Life: 18 months
Quality: Sorich Organics definitely has ensured the cereal remains fresh with its airtight packaging.
Packaging: The Packet is a simple brown packet with a pop of colour which makes it attractive. The cereal comes in airtight, resealable, recyclable paper bags. The package has the brand name and the superfood name on the front of the pack. On the other side of the package it provides information about the product, ingredients, information on how to use the product, Allergy information, Nutritional information, Certification marks, net weight, manufactured date and MRP. It also has the symbol indicating the products are vegetarian.
Benefits of Quinoa:
- Quinoa is majorly consumed for its dietary fibres and minerals such as iron,zinc and magnesium. It also helps with food digestion.
- Quinoa is an ideal source of vitamins like Thiamin,Riboflavin,folate and vitamin B6, which help to regulate the internal functions and metabolism of the body.
- 100gms of quinoa contains120 calories and only 2gms fat. for people concerned about their weight, replacing other food grains with quinoa will be helpful to slim down.
- Quinoa has antioxidant properties that help in protecting the heart, liver, kidney, lungs, and pancreas against oxidative stress.
- It is a good source of proteins.
- The amount of calcium found in quinoa is similar to that of dairy products, but it has been pointed out that those who are intolerant of dairy products can eat it.
How to use quinoa:
- Quinoa can be taken in breakfast or can be mixed in salads. You can have quinoa in a roasted form or also cook it as a side dish. It can be ground and mixed in food too.
Check out the below links to get some recipes on how to use Quinoa:
Hope this article charges you up or at least the breakfast bowl pictures do 😛 to go and get yourself some quinoa!!!
Happy healthy snacking!!!
Source for reference: (Few pictures of the plant and breakfast bowls from Google , just for your reference)
- some other webpages for the health benefits