I always knew that Quinoa is something for a Healthy Vegetarian Diet.
After researching for this article: I am even more convinced about this!
It really is “Food from the Gods”!
Originally from the South American Andes, the legend goes that a fox went to heaven and stole the Quinoa from the Gods.
Upon returning, the sacred bird named “Kullku”, wanted to take it away from him and give it to the people.
In due course of a fight all the Quinoa was scattered over the earth. The Gods were not mad and left it then for their children.
It was actively suppressed, due to its status within indigenous non-Christian ceremonies.
In fact, the conquistadors forbade Quinoa cultivation for a time and the Incas were forced to grow wheat instead.
It became a minor crop at that time and was grown only by peasants in remote areas for local consumption.
The Natives say that when people consume Quinoa it will give the body more stamina and will increase physical abilities.
Eating Quinoa will also help someone get into a deeper spiritual place when meditating.
A sweetened decoction is also used medicinally, as an application for sores and bruises.
Besides the “legend”, Quinoa originated in the Andean region of South America, about 6000 years ago.
It is being grown in Peru, Chile and Bolivia. It is also being grown now in the U.S. and Canada.
You can find Quinoa usually in almost every health food store.
It may be a bit difficult in some areas to find it though. In that case I would suggest to order it online.
I would say one of the easiest ways to to this is on Amazon.com: Order Quinoa online here
Why did the Incas consider Quinoa sacred? Besides that they saw it as a present of their creators, as food from their Gods, it is highly nutritional!
Quinoa is one of the precious few vegetable sources of a complete protein complement.
The protein in Quinoa is considered to be a complete protein due to the presence of all 8 essential amino acids.
Some types of wheat come close to matching Quinoa’s protein content, but grains such as barley, corn, and rice generally have less than half the protein of Quinoa.
Quinoa is 12% to 18% protein and four ounces a day, about 1/2-cup, will provide a child’s protein needs for one day.
It is a good source of dietary fiber and phosphorus and is high in magnesium and iron, it is also a relatively good source of vitamin E and several of the B vitamins.
Quinoa is gluten-free and is considered easy to digest. Quinoa is especially good for Children, people who want to loose weight and those that have migraine headaches, atherosclerosis and diabetes.
To be honest, when I first added Quinoa in my Healthy Vegetarian Diet I was not happy about the taste.
For me it tasted like nothing. It did have a kind of “nutty” taste though.
The thing is, that you have to prepare it in a nice way, with a sauce containing vegetables or you just ad it to a soup, salad or any dish you like.
Because the taste being almost neutral, this is easy to do.
Now that I know these things, thanks to my wife Cecilia, I really do like eating it.
The consistency is great, and it really is easily prepared.
Usually you don’t need more then 20 minutes to prepare a great tasty dish.
Now if you combine what the natives and the science of the west say, you really can see how beneficial Quinoa is for ones Healthy Vegetarian Diet.
I would suggest to include Quinoa at least 3 times a week into your diet.
Here are some links to some great recipes;