Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Ancient Grain Quinoa
Since I discovered I'm allergic to gluten and wheat, I've been having a terrible time finding foods I can eat. I've always prided myself on eating foods which are good for me, like whole wheat, so finding nutritious foods without gluten is proving to be a challenge. But you know me I like a challenge. I recently discovered this ancient grain called quinoa and decided to try the red variety since it says gluten free on the package. The Incas held this crop to be sacred and called quinoa the "mother of all grains".
When I read the nutrition facts, I definitely had to try it. Red quinoa boasts the best amino acid profile of all grains. Look at this line up: Iron 10%, Vitamin E 6%, Thiamine B1 10%, Riboflavin B2 15%, Folate B9 25%, Phosphorus 10%, Magnesium 20%, Zinc 8%. Wow, I hope I like this grain.
I also read a lack of folate can lead to depression. Hey, it can be a bit depressing not eating foods you're used to, like cereal, whole grain breads, pie crust, crackers, cake, an occasional cookie (honest, only occasionally), and so much more, even pasta. But I've now found a rice pasta I can eat. And I'm learning to substitute other food items and developing tasty, nutritional recipes along the way.
Guess what I had for breakfast today? Red quinoa and it does taste good. One cup cooked actually fluffed up to quite a bit of volume. Try it you might like it and it's good for you. Please visit again, as I discover, cook, and taste more gluten free foods in the future. Oh, there'll be more clay and painting and who knows what else. Variety is the spice of life they say.