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Old 02-23-2010, 11:45 AM   #1
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QUINOA and atkins...

Ok, so I know that Quinoa is a grain and being in maintenance, I can add a few here and there. We eat a lot of things at home that sort of "require" rice (he eats his rice, I sometimes do the faux-rice thing...) my question is - Quinoa. I've never really had it - see it all the time but have never bought it.

How many of you eat Quinoa and while I know everyone is different and foods = YMMV with everyone - I'm curious how you all handle Quinoa, if you do eat it. any issues? I do miss rice, but choose not to eat it because of its high carb content...

I appreciate your answers on quinoa!
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Old 02-23-2010, 11:55 AM   #2
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I could be wrong, but I am pretty sure that Quinoa is not a grain. It's not really a low carb food but it is really good for you. I would say if you're not on induction you should try it.
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I love quinoa and lose weight easiy while eating it. It is chewy and delicious. It is a seed not a grain and is very high in protein and relatively low carb. It is not at all similar to rice so I'm not sure if it would work as a replacement. It is best served cold with veggies as a salads. Very healthful food
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I have had the spaghetti noodles in the past and I really liked them. I have a son that is gluten intolerant and they are good for him. I can't do them because I lose no weight when I eat them.

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I don't find it low in carbs or high in protein but I suppose if you are comparing it to rice it could be see in that way. I don't love it but it's fine. It's sort of light and fluffy and slightly nutty. It's no sub for rice in my book so I still prefer faux rice to save on carbs. Still, it's worth a try. Many people love it.
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Quinoa is a low glycemic index and low glycemic load grain. Good stuff! I use barley and couscous in place of rice. Good stuff, try it out!
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Technically, it isn't a grain. It's in the same family as beets and spinach.

Here is the Wikipedia description:

"Quinoa (pronounced /ˈkiːn(w)oʊ.(ə)/ or /kwɨˈnoʊ.ə/, Spanish quinua, from Quechua kinwa), a species of goosefoot (Chenopodium), is a grain-like crop grown primarily for its edible seeds. It is a pseudocereal rather than a true cereal, or grain, as it is not a grass. As a chenopod, quinoa is closely related to species such as beets, spinach and tumbleweeds. Its leaves are also eaten as a leaf vegetable, much like amaranth, but the commercial availability of quinoa greens is currently limited."
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I love quinoa. I substitute it for most rice dishes and it's a complete protein, too.
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IT IS NOT A GRAIN! It is actually considered a SEED! Read the thread, lots of good info! http://www.lowcarbfriends.com/bbs/lo...ut-quinoa.html

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I have had the spaghetti noodles in the past and I really liked them. I have a son that is gluten intolerant and they are good for him. I can't do them because I lose no weight when I eat them.

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What are the spaghetti noodles? Are they made from Quinoa?
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I am sooo excited about trying "keen wah" (is that about right?) I really miss Steel Cut Oats (I don't seem to do well with any grains any more ) And this stuff seems like it might make a really good breakfast. Add some chopped nuts, butter, heavy cream....I'm going to wait until I hit 135 to introduce them.
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I am sooo excited about trying "keen wah" (is that about right?) I really miss Steel Cut Oats (I don't seem to do well with any grains any more ) And this stuff seems like it might make a really good breakfast. Add some chopped nuts, butter, heavy cream....I'm going to wait until I hit 135 to introduce them.
I am glad you said it like that, I would have been in the store asking where the "qui no a" was!
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I am glad you said it like that, I would have been in the store asking where the "qui no a" was!
I had to find out the pronunciation the hard way. I was a little embarassed by the aloof health food store employee who said, "Oh... Do you mean Keen-wah?"
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They make a Quinoa flour I see. Anyone try this and if so what did you do with it?

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What are the spaghetti noodles? Are they made from Quinoa?

They do make pasta from it.
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They do make pasta from it.
Yes, quinoa is made into pasta but it is usually blended with corn which makes it higher glycemic but still lower than brown pasta. whole wheat pasta is the lowest if you can eat wheat.
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I was eating it bc I am gluten intolerant but a 1/2c. raised my blood sugar from 85 to 180!!! Just remember that it does have carbs in it.
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I ate quinoa before LCing. Once I lose my weight, I will try it again, but I will test my BG with it. It does have carbs, but it's low in the glycemic index. It has more protein than any other plant and is considered by some to be a super food.
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Here is a link to the nutritional aspects of Quinoa.

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Yup, it's a seed. Yup, keen-wah.

Yup, I eat it.

I don't really try to approach it as a substitute for anything else, I eat it for what it is.

I think breakfast with this would be good, though I've not done it.

Also, WASH IT FIRST! Has saponins, will taste like soap.
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Nutrition Facts Serving Size 1 cup (170.0 g)

Amount Per Serving
Calories 626

Calories from Fat 93


% Daily Value*

Total Fat 10.3g

16%

Saturated Fat 1.2g

6%

Polyunsaturated Fat 5.6g


Monounsaturated Fat 2.7g


Cholesterol 0mg

0%

Sodium 9mg

0%

Total Carbohydrates 109.1g

36%

Dietary Fiber 11.9g

48%

Protein 24.0g



Vitamin A 0% • Vitamin C 0% Calcium 8% • Iron 43% * Based on a 2000 calorie diet

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99 net carbs for a cup. How much are you all that are on Atkins eating at a time. I think I have to skip this instead of trying it.
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I eat 1/2 cup.

The carb count is misleading, IMHO, because of the low glycemic index. MOST people (not all!) find that it does not bother their blood sugar, or they actually find it IMPROVES their readings a few hours after eating, or the next morning when they take a fasting reading.

I think it's a YMMV thing. At first those high carb numbers scared me off the stuff, but eventually I decided to give it a try and am quite glad of it. It tastes good, does not bother me from a cravings standpoint, lasts me for HOURS if I eat it as a hot breakfast cereal, and DH, who is very insulin resistant, can enjoy 1/2 cup serving too without any cravings or problems.

I've really come to learn, over time, that it's not so much the QUANTITY of carbs, it's the QUALITY, and this to me is a quality carb food, without any bad after effects in my family. If it's low glycemic and high in protein I'll try it!
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wow. thanks a lot guys!!! I guess all I can do is try it out as I know YMMV!
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I ate quinoa before LCing. Once I lose my weight, I will try it again, but I will test my BG with it. It does have carbs, but it's low in the glycemic index. It has more protein than any other plant and is considered by some to be a super food.
Same here. Quinoa is delicious!
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