Quinoa this, quinoa that – quinoa seems to be a pretty hot word these days. I know my little ears perk up when I hear the word “KEEN-WA”.
Quinoa is used as a grain, but actually is a seed, which is a complete protein since it contains all nine essential amino acids. Per 100g, quinoa contains an impressive 13 g of protein.
Want to be in on a little secret? Did you know that there are some other grains out there that actually kick quinoa’s butt in terms of protein? It’s buckwheat and amaranth!
Buckwheat is a grain that is gluten free and not related to wheat, despite it’s name. In fact, it’s related to rhubarb. It’s delicious in breads, as a breakfast cereal, and also in pasta. Japanese soba noodles are made from buckwheat flour and are mighty tasty.
Buckwheat boasts 13g of protein per 100g, just like quinoa.
Amaranth seems to be more of a mysterious grain. Not too many people know about it. I like to describe the taste of amaranth to be somewhat similar to quinoa – except more potent. There is a sort of sour quality to these grains that soon become addictive once you develop a taste for them.
Amaranth seems to be the winner in terms of protein content though: 16g of protein, per 100g.
Amaranth, where have you been all my life?! Not only is it high in protein, but it’s also high in calcium. 130mg of calcium, per 100g. Soon you’ll see studies of people consuming amaranth for prevention of osteoporosis and increasing bone density.
Here at Glutenull, we carry all three heavy hitter protein breads: Amaranth, Buckwheat, and Quinoa. Not only will you be eating organic gluten free, yeast free, sugar free breads, but you’ll also be consuming good amounts of protein to allow you to feel full and satiated longer.