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to quinoa or not to quinoa...

so ive read about quinoa and how its a great complete food item to eat. however it also seems to be terribly high in calories. i think one brand called "seeds of change" sells it and its 290 cals for one cooked cup. that seems like an awful lot for just grains! it worth it? should i eat quinoa or not?

Mon. Aug 20, 4:22pm

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I'm surprised that such a fuss is made about its protein content. 2oz dry has the same amount as spaghetti (7g) or two slices of whole wheat bread (6g). I just think of it as another wholegrain alternative, much like couscous or barley.

Monday, August 20, 2007, 4:26 PM

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Quinoa is very healthy. It contains the full complement of amino acids, as well as some fiber and other vitamins. You don't need to eat a full cup, I typically just eat half a cup of any grain. That's not so bad on the calories, then: 145. Try it instead of rice in a pilaf: add bits of cooked onion, mushroom, carrot, peas. Or, I like it with spaghetti sauce on it as well. :)

Monday, August 20, 2007, 4:33 PM

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Go with a half cup serving as the previous poster suggested. A serving size of rice, couscous, and many other grains (as well as many lentils) is a 1/2 cup and they are about the same calories as quinoa. It's not super high in calories. It's very filling and nutritious.

Monday, August 20, 2007, 9:59 PM

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That stuff is pretty dense - I don't think I could eat an entire cup. I like it allright in some dishes and wouldn't use it in others. Basically I use it just like any other grain and I like to use a variety of grains as much as I can. Once I moved out of my parents house and discovered there were other things than white rice and potatoes for starches I got a little giddy ;-)

As another poster noted though it's not something I would really eat by itself. It's good in salads and veggie dishes and a little goes a long way.

Monday, August 20, 2007, 11:19 PM

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I make quinoa all the time but can say I have never seen it at 290 cal for 1 cp, mine is 180 cal for a cup. I don't mind the white quinoa but the red is much tastier, its nuttier and more flavorful.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007, 1:38 AM

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