Quinoa - A Complete Protein Superfood
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Eat healthy no matter where you are
Just add hot water to our Everyday Quinoa Bowls and you have a healthy, nourishing meal in minutes! Our bowls are made with whole ingredients like real vegetables and grass-fed/free-range meats. Fuel your day with restaurant quality taste, even when you don't have a kitchen.
What is Quinoa?
Quinoa (pronounced ‘keen-wah’) has been rightfully called a ‘superfood.’ These little seeds are gluten-free and high in protein, fiber, magnesium, B vitamins, potassium, iron, and antioxidants. Quinoa is also a complete protein, which means it contains all nine essential amino acids that our bodies cannot make on their own. These amino acids are necessary for organ function, bone growth, muscle repair, and more.
Once called the ‘mother of all grains,’ or chisaya mama, by the Inca peoples, Quinoa is not actually a grain—it’s a pseudo-cereal. Pseudo-cereals are seeds from non-grass plants that can be eaten just like a grain, but without any gluten. Quinoa seeds have a nutty flavor with the hearty texture of brown rice. Multi-purpose, they can be boiled and eaten like rice, baked like pasta, or ground up to create a gluten-free, high-protein flour. The leaves are edible as well; steamed or sautéed, they taste similar to beet leaves, and are even more tender and mild than spinach leaves.
Our Everyday Quinoa Bowls are perfect meals for on-the-go, just add hot water!
In our changing world, sustainability has become increasingly more important to ensure a healthy environment for future generations.
The Quinoa plant requires little to no pesticide use because of a handy natural adaptation, called ‘saponins.’ Saponins are a naturally-occurring compound that coat the seeds while the plant grows. This dusty coating has a bitter taste, which naturally repels birds, insects, and other wildlife without any added pesticides. For this reason, Quinoa requires rinsing before eating; but don’t worry — all of our Quinoa Bowls come pre-rinsed.
Quinoa is also a wonderfully eco-friendly crop since it grows so easily. Originally suited to the high plains (Altiplano) of Bolivia, the plants have long been cultivated in a landscape prone to poor soil, high winds, low temperatures, and drought. While many crops need frequent watering and protection from pests, Quinoa thrives in harsh environments. It’s the ultimate low-maintenance food partner. Because the plant doesn't require heated greenhouses, extra irrigation, or pesticides, it’s more sustainable than many other plant protein sources.
Quinoa's Rise in Popularity
In the 1970s, the benefits of the Andean Quinoa and the ease in which it grew amazed a group of American entrepreneurs. They brought some bags back to the United States (specifically to Boulder, CO!), where they began the Quinoa Corporation where they encouraged its popularity and cultivation in the U.S. The popularity of this little seed did spread, and now there's a Quinoa resurgence as more nutritionists share the benefits.
Quinoa is especially popular among Vegetarians and Vegans looking for plant-based alternatives to meat. One cooked cup contains roughly 8 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber. Those who are looking for gluten-free options enjoy it as well, since it's a filling substitute for pasta. Quinoa can also be an added nutrition boost to casseroles, other hot dishes, or even salads!
Why Quinoa, Why Now?
We wanted to provide more options for our backpacking meals while also making products that can be easily prepared in an office as a quick lunch or even for dinner at home. All of our products offer clean and quality Gluten-Free options. Quinoa, with its nutrient density and classification as a pseudo-grain, is a perfect solution! Quinoa is a great source of protein, fiber, antioxidants, and minerals like iron and magnesium.
Have you tried our Quinoa Bowls?
We’ve rounded out our Quinoa servings by adding savory spices and freeze-dried vegetables to each Everyday Quinoa Bowl. We also boosted the protein with freeze-dried 100% Grass-Fed Beef, Free-Range Chicken, or Non-GMO Lentils for our Vegan options. These tasty meals have between 12 grams and 22 grams of protein, and are ready in only a few minutes. Plus, each Bowl comes with a packet of Extra Virgin Olive Oil for a dash of extra fat and flavor!
They're perfect for on the go - just add hot water!
Auto-Immune Protocol (AIP) Tip:
These Quinoa Bowls are considered ‘Stage 4’ on the AIP reintroduction phase. Don’t worry, all of our AIP-friendly foods that follow the ‘Elimination’ phase aren’t going anywhere!
At Wild Zora, we’re proud of the fact that we listen to our customers. When we hear of a need for additional varieties in our lineup of high-protein savory meals with the clean ingredients you love, we do take that feedback into consideration.