Quinoa "keen-wa" is generally thought of as a grain, because that is how we use it. It isn't a grain at all. . . it is actually the seed of a plant that is related to beets and spinach. Quinoa is a highly nutritious seed that is delicious and very versatile. Quinoa is a protein rich food, it actually is a complete protein because it contains all essential amino acids. It is also higher in calcium and iron that rice, corn, wheat, oats and barley. Quinoa is a complex carbohydrate, which means it digests gradually, this also helps regulate blood sugar.
Quinoa is naturally gluten free, and can be used in a variety of ways: cooked, ground into flour or soaked and roasted.