2013 International Year of Quinoa

Welcome to 2013 – celebrating the International Year of Quinoa (known by the Incas as the  ‘mother of all grains’) as the FAO (U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization) recognises the crop’s resilience, adaptability and its potential contribution in the fight against hunger and malnutrition.

Read below for a list of interesting snippets and facts about Quinoa.


If you are looking for quinoa to bake, eat or drink, you are at the right place – we have a dazzling variety of products containing quinoa in store now:

 

Baking Flours & Pancake Mixes

Bakers Bread Gluten Free Flour Eclipse Certified Organic (1kg)

Bakers Bread Gluten Free Flour Eclipse Certified Organic (1kg)

Cake Light Gluten Free Flour Eclipse Certified Organic (1kg)

Quinoa Flour Gluten Free Eclipse Certified Organic (1kg)

Quinoa Pancake Mix Gluten Free Wheat Free Casalare (300g)

 

Drinks – Milks/Non-Dairy

ChoQuinoa Rice Drink Dairy-Gluten Free Isola Bio C.Org. (750ml)

ChoQuinoa Rice Drink Dairy-Gluten Free Isola Bio C.Org. (750ml)

Quinoa Milk Gluten Free EcoMil Certified Organic (1L)

Quinoa Milk Powder Gluten Free EcoMil Certified Organic (400g)

 

Crackers, Stick & Twigs

Crackers Black Pepper Gluten Dairy Free Certified Organic(184g)

Crackers Black Pepper Gluten Dairy Free Certified Organic(184g)

Crackers Caraway Gluten Dairy Free Certified Organic (184g)

Crackers Herb Gluten Dairy Free Certified Organic (184g)

Crackers Original Gluten Dairy Free Certified Organic (184g)

Sticks and Twigs Sea Salt Gluten Free Certified Organic (227g)

 

Cereals, Oats, Flakes, Museli & Puffs

Gluten-Freestyle Granuesli The Unexpected Guest C.Organic (300g)

Gluten-Freestyle Granuesli The Unexpected Guest C.Organic (300g)

Muesli Toasted Light Crisp Gluten Free Certified Organic (400g)

Muesli Toasted Light Crisp Gluten Free Certified Organic (800g)

Oats Australian Wholegrain Rolled Certified Organic (850g)

Oats Super 6 Grains Rolled Eclipse Certified Organic (1kg)

Quinoa Puffs Gluten Free Certified Organic (250g)

Quinoa Rolled Flaked Gluten Free Certified Organic (600g)

Quinoa Rolled Flaked Gluten Free Eclipse Cert. Organic (1kg,zip)

Chocolate bars

Dark Quinoa Chocolate 60pc Alter Eco Fairtrade Cert.Organic(80g)

Dark Quinoa Chocolate 60pc Alter Eco Fairtrade Cert.Organic(80g)

 

Biscuits

N Oatmeal Raisin Gluten Free Cookies Vegan Cert.Organic (155g)

N Oatmeal Raisin Gluten Free Cookies Vegan Cert.Organic (155g)

 

Pasta

Quinoa Rice Baby Anellini Gluten Free Olive Green Organic(250g)

Quinoa Rice Baby Anellini Gluten Free Olive Green Organic(250g)

Quinoa Rice Beetroot Spinach Baby Anellini Olive Green Org(250g)

Quinoa Rice Penne Gluten Free Olive Green Cert. Organic (300g)

Quinoa Rice Spaghetti Gluten Free Olive Green Cert.Organic(300g)

 

Seeds & Grains

Omega Energy Plus Mix Power Seeds Cacao Currants C.Organic(500g)

Omega Energy Plus Mix Power Seeds Cacao Currants C.Organic(500g)

Quinoa Tricolour Whole Gluten Free Eclipse Cert. Organic (1kg)

Quinoa White Australian Gluten Free Certified Organic (1kg)

 

Soup Mix

Soup Mix Gluten Free Certified Orgainc Eclipse (1kg)

Soup Mix Gluten Free Certified Orgainc Eclipse (1kg)

 


Quinoa snippets & facts

  • a grain-like crop grown primarily for its edible seeds
  • originated in the Andean region of Ecuador, Bolivia, Colombia and Peru and suited to the local climate, soils and rainfall
  • domesticated some 4,000 years ago for human consumption
  • Spanish colonists scorned quinoa as ‘food for Indians’
  • Conquistadores forbade quinoa cultivation for a time, forcing Incas to grow wheat instead
  • grown from coastal regions in Chile to over 4,000m in the Andes
  • crop value has tripled since 2009, and risen seven-fold since 2000
  • people in quinoa-growing areas are now eating less of the longtime staple, but that’s partly because the extra income farmers are seeing from rising quinoa prices is allowing them to diversify their diets, adding things like fresh vegetables that they once couldn’t afford
  • Bolivian government nutrition programs have begun to incorporate quinoa into school breakfast and new (pregnant) mothers’ subsidies
  • seeds contain essential amino acids like lysine and good quantities of dietary fiber, calcium, phosphorus, and iron
  • a ‘complete’ protein with high protein content (around 14% by mass)
  • gluten-free, cholesterol-free and considered easy to digest
  • being considered a possible crop in NASA’s Controlled Ecological Life Support System for long-duration human occupied spaceflights
  • the FAO (U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization) says it is so nutritious it can be substituted for mother’s milk
  • can be substituted for rice in just about anything — from soup to salad to pudding to bread
  • slightly bitter alternative to rice or couscous
  • comes in three different colours – white, red and black

 

Further reading (article reference sources):

 

Quinoa on Wikipedia

12 things you should know about quinoa

Popular Quinoa Energizing Bolivian Economy

Is eating quinoa evil?

It’s OK To Eat Quinoa

One-sided Guardian article incites media scare

 

 

Trying to shake off the winter blues and old habits?

Thank goodness its Spring! Though are you still craving wintery foods and trying to shake off winter heaviness and fatigue?

As indicated in Chinese Medicine: could this be due to excessive ‘heat’ in the body from baked and fried foods, too much red meat, spicy foods, coffee and alcohol?

Not enough green leafy vegetables, barley, mushrooms, tofu, asparagus, celery, apple, watermelon and other ‘cooling’ foods?

Sandy Hewitt gives us some tips on what foods to eat and avoid here.

Symptoms of excess ‘heat’ in the body:
–   feel hot/feverish or have an aversion to heat and prefer cold
–   dry mouth and excess thirst
–   red, dry, gritty eyes
–   nosebleeds
–   bright red and dry tongue
–   high blood pressure
–   constipation
–   inflammation, skin rash or eruptions/sores
–   full and rapid pulse.

 

Spring is the time of Renewal and the Liver…

Feeling weary, frustrated from the winter and erratic weather changes so far this spring. Experience headaches, tight neck and shoulders, sometimes irritable and moody?

How can we shake off the winter blues and really prep ourselves for a cleansing, rejuvenating spring? What are the best foods and lifestyle habits to charge us up for summer and the year ahead?

Sandy Hewitt – a trained nurse and a qualified, university trained Chinese Medicine Practitioner from Oriental Health Solutions tells us in her latest Spring Newsletter about Spring, the Liver and a time of renewal.

Click here and enjoy Sandy’s latest Spring Newsletter.

 

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