Is Quinoa a Grain or Seed?

Is Quinoa a Grain or Seed?


Quinoa is actually a SEED! 

Though technically a seed, Quinoa is classified as a whole grain and is a good source of plant protein and fiber. One cup cooked provides about 8 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber. Unlike some plant proteins, quinoa is a complete protein, meaning that it contains all nine essential amino acids that our bodies cannot make on their own.

About The Plant

A quinoa plant can grow into a leafy vegetable. The leaves of the quinoa plant can be eaten, but it is primarily grown for the harvest of its seeds. This plant is quite the farmer-friendly plant, because it can grow relatively easily, throughout different climates and altitudes.

Seed Origin

Quinoa’s original home was in the Andes mountains. It is dubbed as a “pseudo cereal” to that region. Over the last several years, the popularity and health benefits of quinoa has become more widely known around the world, and has greatly increased the demand for this small seed.


This little seed is a great source of fiber in addition to having a very high protein level. It has one of the highest protein levels amongst the pseudo cereals, around 20%. Quinoa is also gluten-free, which makes it a great alternative for those seeing to keep their gluten levels low.

Quinoa is a delicious super food that is packed full of nutrition. It is often compared to foods such as rice or couscous. Quinoa can be prepared many different ways and included in all kinds of delicious dishes. The best part of all is that because it is packed full of good things for you to eat, it is healthy and also tastes great!

Find quinoa in our Super Pop nut butter bars


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