It’s almost a rule of thumb that if you are vegan, you must eat quinoa. Most of us know that it is a good source of iron, calcium, phosphorus, and fiber, and an excellent food not only for vegans but for those who have lactose intolerance. Quinoa is also protein rich, although not as rich as some beans and wild rice.
The primary reason to value quinoa as a “super food” is because it is a source of complete protein, in other words: it contains all essential amino acids necessary for the wholesome nutrition of humans and other animals, and, critically (and unlike other foods containing all essential amino acids)-does so in adequate proportions to secure sufficient intake.
To add to its fantastic nutritious qualities, I added some lemon juice, sunflower seeds, and sliced apples to a bowl of cooked, chilled quinoa for a light dinner salad, rich in protein, vitamin C, dietary fiber, and fats. With a cost of only about $2, this recipe also made it in the sixpence recipe category.