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Product Description, Size & UPC

Quinoa is an ancient grain that’s a complete source of protein with a rich and balanced serving of nutrients.
  • * Gluten-free and easy to digest
  • * Light and tasty with a flavor all its own
  • * Simple to prepare — cooks in only 20 minutes
  • * Available in four versatile blends:
Vegetable Quinoa .
Carrots, Tomatoes, Red Bell Pepper, Onion,
Smoked Paprika, Garlic & Fennel Seeds
UPC# 857943002000

Herbs & Lemon Quinoa
Black Lemon Omani, Onion, Potato diced,
and Herbs as: Dill, Tarragon, Cilantro and Parsley
UPC# 857943002017

Fruits & Nut Quinoa
Apricot, Golden Raisin, Orange candied, Almonds,
Currants, Ras El Hanout, Harisa powder and Cardamom
UPC# 857943002024

Quinoa & French Lentils
French Lentils, Carrot, Celery Seeds, Muster Seeds,
Onion and tomato
UPC# 857943002291

Plain Quinoa UPC# 857943002031

Toasted Pasta

Also known as Israeli Couscous, our Toasted Pasta is a baked whole-wheat product. With its larger grain size and smooth texture, it makes a terrific alternative to traditional side dishes such as rice and pasta.

  • * Simple to prepare – cooks in under 20 minutes.
  • * Available in three varieties:

Toasted Pasta - Plain
UPC# 857943002048

Toasted Pasta with Mushroom
Mushroom, tomato, Onion & Garlic, Paprika,
Oregano, Thyme and Marjoram
UPC# 857943002062

Toasted Pasta with Currants & Pumpkin
Pumpkin seeds, Currants, Red Bell Pepper,
Onion, Parsley and Garlic
UPC# 857943002079

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What makes Quinoa so nutritious?

Quinoa is a seed, not a grain and it’s grown high in the Andes Mountains of South America. Quinoa plants have been cultivated at altitudes of well over 10,000 feet and have been considered a super food for at least a few millennia — in fact, the Incas cherished it as a super food of their own. Here in the U.S., quinoa has been discovered as a nutritious asset and enjoyed culinary popularity within only the last few years. Here’s why… Eat one cup of quinoa (a single serving size), and you’ll consume:

  • 220 calories (70 percent carbs, 15 percent fat, 15 percent protein)
  • 40 grams of carbohydrates (13 percent daily value)
  • 8 grams of protein (16 percent of daily value)
  • 3.5 grams of fat (5 percent daily value with no saturated fat)
  • 5 grams of fiber (20 percent of daily value)
  • 20 percent of daily value of folate (various forms of Vitamin B)
  • 30 percent of magnesium daily value (beneficial for people with migraine headaches); 28 percent daily value of phosphorous; iron (15 percent); copper (18 percent); and manganese (almost 60 percent)
Quinoa is stocked with life-sustaining nutrients all across the board, including all eight essential amino acids. There are other highly beneficial compounds, vitamins and minerals in this food that the Incas reverently called "chisaya mama" (mother of all grains). Vegetarians would do well to incorporate quinoa into their diet often. It’s difficult for vegetarians to get all eight essential amino acids and an adequate source of protein from one food source. Usually, vegetarians and vegans need to combine foods like beans and rice to acquire all the essential amino acids, the building blocks of protein. Those with gluten sensitivities or wheat allergies can rejoice in eating quinoa as it contains no gluten or wheat.