Sunday, March 30, 2008

"KEEN-WAAAAAAAH!"

Thanks to Alice for the idea for this entry!

The pronunciation of the word "quinoa" is something everyone has had problems with, including me. Ki-no-ah is what most people say. So let's all say it the right way: Keen-wah.

Quinoa is a great, gluten-free grain substitute and has a much higher nutritional value than most grains including brown rice and couscous. Despite what you may think, quinoa is NOT a grain, it's a relative of leafy green vegetables like spinach and Swiss chard.

And for those who suffer from migraines, "quinoa is a good source of magnesium, a mineral that helps relax blood vessels, preventing the constriction and rebound dilation characteristic of migraines."

I took that quote from this great website called The World's Healthiest Foods and it's run by The George Mateljan Foundation and is basically the encyclopedia of healthy foods. You can sign up for their free weekly newsletter here.

For more information on quinoa, check out this video called "Quinoa 101:"

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