Here's why we're keen on quinoa

Here's why we're keen on quinoa

The mother grain

Text: Priscilla Tan

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Say hello to your complete protein source

Looking for a new breakfast cereal, a little more substance to your salad, or even a replacement for those darn carbohydrates? Allow us to introduce you to this not-so-distant relative of spinach and beets.

Available in more than 120 varieties, quinoa is considered to be a complete protein that provides all nine essential amino acids necessary for good health. It might be tiny, but it contains twice as much fiber as other grains. At the same time, it is low in calories and fat while managing to be vegan-friendly and gluten-free. It is no wonder the Bolivians refer to it as "the mother grain".

When cooked, the fluffy yet slightly crunchy texture of this seed provides for an interesting touch to the palate. It absorbs flavours easily, making it easy for you to incorporate this superfood into a wide variety of dishes.

Below, three easy ways to include some wholesome goodness in your meals: