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January 17 2016

Quinoa – Keen What?? by Jessy Rosen

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You’ve heard about it and seen it in bulk amounts on the shelves of grocery stores, and you may possibly be just not too sure about what it taste likes or how to even pronounce it.

Is it:

{keen-wa}, {kin-wah}, {kee-no-a}?

Stirring up a craze in the health world, this new deemed super food has all the health nuts giddy and the food intolerance folks singing hallelujah!

What is quinoa?

(pronounced “KEEN-WAH”)

Quinoa is currently trending as the most popular superfood on the market to date. It comes from a grain crop that is grown and harvested for its edible seeds.

Much to everyone’s surprise, quinoa however is NOT a grain, I repeat it is NOT a grain!

Quinoa is actually considered a pseudocereal.

A pseudo-what?

quinoa3Essentially, it is a type of seed- similar to a grain -that can be prepared and eaten in a variety of forms. And although it has just recently emerged as the new trending buzz, quinoa has actually been around and consumed for centuries all over South America. In fact, the Inca Empire once referred to quinoa as “the mother of all grains.”

(And you know if an empire like that thought so highly of it, this food must be INCA-redible)

Nutrient profile:

There are three different types of quinoa:

redwhite and black

(No, rainbow quinoa is NOT its own type; rainbow quinoa is a mixture of all three)

Screen Shot 2015-12-17 at 2.58.05 PMAs you can see, not only is quinoa delicious, but it is highly nutritious! And as a superfood, it comes with quite its fair share of health benefits:

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Keen-Wha? More like Keen-wow!

Bottom line: push away that cloud of doubt!

quinoa4Quinoa is not something suspicious, it is truly delicious and highly nutritious!

And what’s even better than that? The recipes and combinations using quinoa are endless!

Here are some recipes I think you’ll highly enjoy!
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For even more about Quinoa, check out this great article from our friends at Health & Fitness Shop

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About Jessy Rosen

My name is Jessy and I’m a junior at Johns Hopkins University. I am a pre med student and neuroscience major- just a girl trying to explore the 90% of the brain that no one knows about! As an up-and-coming fitness model and competitor, you can find me kicking butt in the classroom and in the weight room! I’m in love with health, fitness, and all things related to maintaining a balanced lifestyle! Minimize the negative; maximize the positive and watch your life take flight!

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