PLANT FOOD FACTS ~ Quinoa

Quinoa (/ˈkiːnwɑː/ from Quechua kinwa or kinuwa) Chenopodium quinoa is a pseudocereal, a flowering plant related to spinach and amaranth. The gluten-free seeds are rich in protein, fiber, B vitamins, and minerals in amounts greater than in many grains. It originated in the Andean region of northwestern South America and was first eaten by human beings in the regions known today as Peru and Bolivia around three thousand years ago. The United Nations declared 2013 The International Year of Quinoa because of its nutrient value and potential to contribute to food security worldwide. Quinoa can be sprinkled on salads, added to soups and stir fries, eaten alone or combined with oatmeal and other grains as a cereal. Recipe for Fluffy Quinoa.

1 cup cooked quinoa (185 g)
calories 222
carbohydrates 39 g
copper 18% DV
fat 4 g
fiber 5 g
folate 19% DV
iron 15% DV
manganese 58% DV
magnesium 30% DV
phosphorous 28% DV
potassium 9% DV
protein 8 g
zinc 13% DV
Sources: Wikipedia / Healthline