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Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah) is an "ancient grain and has been a staple in the diet of people of the Andes for thousands of years. It is considered a superfood because it is a rare plant source of complete protein and is gluten-free. It is a seed from a weed-like plant called goosefoot, closely related to beets and spinach. Quinoa is harvested in many colors, but white, red, and black seeds are the most common, and I use a tri-color mix from Trader Joe's. Quinoa will cook in its whole seed version in about 10-15 minutes, but there is a rolled version that is almost instant, and many use this one as a breakfast alternative.

Ayurvedically speaking, it has the qualities of having a sweet taste with a cooling nature. Its bio-medical actions are being a nutritive, anti-inflammatory, and kidney, urinary, and muscle tonic.

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