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Quinoa

Can Quinoa Seeds be eaten raw?

No, it must be cooked first in a rice cooker or a pot.

What is the easiest way to cook quinoa?

The easiest, quickest way to cook quinoa is in the rice cooker- just add 1 portion of quinoa and 2 portions of water/broth, and let the cooker do its thing. If you desire quinoa al dente (cooked to be firm to the bite), we recommend a volume of 1.5 cups of water for one cup of quinoa.

Should I rinse the quinoa?

Quinoa, in its natural state, has an outer protective coating called saponin which has a bitter taste. Nature’s Superfoods makes sure that every batch of quinoa we bring in is pre-washed to remove this coating. However, as the level of this bitter taste vary from one harvest to the other, we highly recommend to always rinse the quinoa thoroughly (using a fine mesh strainer) before cooking it.

Do I have to soak the quinoa?

You don’t have to soak the grains before you cook them but it’s recommended for better digestion and to reduce phytic acid. Traditional Soaking instructions: Simply soak uncooked grains overnight in warm water with an acid medium ( for example by adding a tablespoon of raw apple cider vinegar, kefir, yoghurt or lemon juice to the warm water). If you do soak the quinoa, pour our excess water and give it a last rinse before cooking the grains.

What’s the difference between white, red, & black quinoa?

There is no significant difference among the 3 colours in terms of nutritional value, except for some dark-colour antioxidants (anthocyanins) in the red and black quinoa. The red and black versions are crunchier in terms of texture.

Does quinoa make you lose weight?

Quinoa is high in dietary fibre and protein which increases satiety, making one eat less throughout the day. Quinoa is also a low GI (Glycemic Index) food which is good for diabetics as it does not spike the blood sugar.

What are Organic Quinoa Puffs – do they have the same nutrients as Quinoa seeds?

Organic Quinoa Puffs are produced from 100% Quinoa seeds through a careful process of extrusion which retains virtually all the Quinoa seed’s nutrients including the protein level. The final product carries a light, nutty flavor and an airy, crunchy texture which is delicious as a breakfast cereal. Toddlers love this!

What are the health benefits of Organic Instant Quinoa Powder? How is it different from Quinoa Seeds?

Organic Instant Quinoa Powder is a high-protein, high-fiber whole grain powder that contains all 9 essential amino acids (including lysine), B vitamins, folate, calcium, magnesium, a diverse array of antioxidants. It is known for its high good amount of superior protein (12-18%), which is 50% higher than wheat. Daily consumption of Quinoa promotes human growth and development and serves to reduce inflammatory risks. Quinoa Powder is more easily digested when compared to Quinoa grains and Quinoa flour. Different from many other powdered products in the market that contain additives like Maltodextrin, Nature’s Superfoods’ Instant Organic Quinoa Powder is made of 100% whole organic quinoa that has undergone a very special process of gelatinization where the starch bonds are broken down and the Quinoa’s impressive nutrients are released for optimized digestion and absorption. ALL of Quinoa’s nutrients are carefully preserved in this special process.

What are the health benefits of Nature’s Superfoods’ Quinoa Puffs? Who are they good for?

Organic Quinoa Puffs are made of 100% whole Quinoa seeds, following a process called extrusion where the impressive nutrients of Quinoa are retained. Naturally gluten-free, easy to digest, crunchy and tasty!. Just eat them straight from the pack or eat them as breakfast cereal with milk. Excellent food for children due to Quinoa’s excellent protein quality which is essential to healthy child growth and development. Daily consumption of quinoa for adults is a good way to reduce risks of such inflammation-related problems as diabetes, hypertension, etc. (including obesity).

Can Organic Instant Quinoa Powder be consumed by babies? How can it be consumed?

Yes! Organic Instant Quinoa Powder can be consumed by babies (from 6 months) and is in fact excellent for them. Nature’s Superfoods’ Organic Instant Quinoa Powder is different from many other powdered products in the market as it does not contain additives like maltodextrin. It is made of 100% whole organic quinoa following a gelatinization process where the starch bonds are broken down and the quinoa’s impressive nutrients are released for optimized digestion and absorption. This makes Instant Quinoa Powder more easily digested when compared to Quinoa seeds and Quinoa flour. In addition, the amino acid profile is similar to that of mother’s breast milk making Organic Instant Quinoa Powder an excellent source of nutrition for babies. Instant Quinoa Powder does not need to be cooked; it acts as a natural thickener when mixed directly with liquids and can be used directly in soft foods for babies.

What are the health benefits of Organic Quinoa & Amaranth Mix (Andean Grains Medley)?

Andean Grains contains quinoa seeds which are a high-protein, high-fiber whole grain that contains all 9 essential amino acids (including lysine), B vitamins, folate, calcium, magnesium and a diverse array of antioxidants. It also contains amaranth seeds which are rich in calcium and magnesium, essential amino acid lysine, squalene, an Omega 2 fatty acid that supports the immune system and high in iron and zinc.

How are quinoa flakes different from quinoa grains?

Instant Quinoa Cereal is made from whole Quinoa grains which have been cooked, slightly toasted and ‘pressed’.

How does quinoa flakes taste and how can it be consumed?

Quinoa flakes have a light, nutty flavor and it goes well with beverages like coffee or cereals.

Why is Quinoa a good substitute for rice?

Compared to white rice or even brown rice (gram for gram), Quinoa has more quality protein, more fiber, more minerals such as iron and magnesium, and fewer calories & carbohydrates. Quinoa can be ideal as part of a low-carb diet.

What benefits does amaranth have over quinoa?

First, amaranth contains slightly more protein than quinoa, with 9 grams of protein in a 1--cup serving, compared to quinoa’s 8 grams.

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