The ancient seed, quinoa, has been around for some time now and it’s everywhere. We all know the benefits of this awesome food – gluten free, high in protein etc. etc., but the time has come for something new. That something is kaniwa, the latest trend on the health and super food scene.
So, what is kaniwa? Similarly to quinoa, this grain heralds from Peru and Bolivia. Those who have tried this new food (I am yet to as at the date of this post), describe the taste as nutty and slightly sweet. The drawcard of kaniwa though, other than being new and exciting, is its nutritional value. Nutritionally, kaniwa is similar to quinoa and presents as an excellent source of protein (around 7 grams in a 160 calorie serving). The real winner though is its iron content – a whopping 60 per cent of the recommended daily amount. This compares to only 15 measly per cent contained in quinoa.
On the convenience level, kaniwa doesn’t need to be rinsed (unlike its cousin quinoa) and can be cooked in exactly the same manner.
Keep an eye out for this new super grain next time you are after something new and wonderfully healthy!