Why Do They Call You Supergrain?

by HEAB on August 5, 2009

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Oat bran is not readily available in the town of Westcliffe.  So, in an effort to hoard the last of my supply, I tried something new:

FlakeBoxAccording to the folks at Ancient Harvest, quinoa flakes are 100% organic quinoa simply steam-rolled into a quick cooking quinoa flake. I am a fan of regular quinoa, and I’ve always read that it is the world’s oldest grain, gluten free, full of protein, a superfood, yadda yadda yadda.  Let’s just say I really wanted to like these flakes.

Cooked quinoa flakes with chocolate Sun Warrior rice protein powder served in PB jar.

Cooked quinoa flakes with chocolate Sun Warrior rice protein powder served in PB jar.

The flakes tasted okay – kind of like buckwheat.  I’ll finish the box, but it’s not something I would buy again. I always thought that out of all grains, quinoa was the highest in protein.  Well, according to my box of flakes, 1/3 cup dry quinoa contains 131 calories, 2.4 grams of fiber, and 4.3 grams of protein.  However, the same amount of Bob’s Red Mill Oat bran contains 120 calories, 5 grams of fiber, and 5 grams of protein, not to mention more iron and calcium.  Am I missing something?  Oat bran appears to be higher in nutrients.  Why is quinoa always touted as such a supergrain? Is it because it’s considered a complete protein?  Would you quinoa experts please enlighten me. Whatever the reason, I’ll be sticking to oat bran because it taste about a 100 times better!

Two thank-you’s before I go.

Reader JacobC was so kind to send CD and I some goodies all the way to the UniBlogger cabin.  Thanks Jacob!

Love the reading material Jacob!

Love the reading material!

Also, Linda over at Linda Gets Fit honored me with the following award:

Thanks so much Linda!

Thanks so much Linda!

CD and I are quite sad to leave Westcliffe today but excited about our upcoming adventures in Woodland Park, CO.  I’m hoping to meet up with some other bloggers/readers in Denver sometime this month.  So, if you’re in the area and would like to join us, please stay tuned for details soon.

I leave you with my clean-out-the fridge breakfast:

No flakes OR oats included. :)

No flakes OR oats included. :)

Let’s see, there was 1 onion, mushrooms, and grape tomatoes sauteed and then scrambled with 1 egg and 2 egg whites served on a bed of romaine massaged with 1/2 avocado, lemon juice, and a sprinkle of stevia and topped with the other 1/2 of my avocado.  Got all that?  Well, I sure did because I am stuffed!

Not sure what our Internet situation will be in Woodland Park as we’re staying in a yurt high up in the mountains.  Should be interesting.  Fortunately, I hear there is a Starbucks nearby. :)

Off to walk the pups and do some major house cleaning.  Bye!