Quinoa saved my diet

By Armourer Latest Reply 2010-05-20 12:07:03 -0500
Started 2010-05-18 00:59:18 -0500

Last week the local news had a segment on the grain called quinoa. Never heard of it, but decided to try it since they said it can replace rice. I've used this for nearly a week, and my BG hardly rises. I can't eat any 100% whole grain (wheat, brown rice, wheat pasta) cause it spikes my BG bad. I.E. for diner I'd have a burrito (tortilla, non-fat refried beans, peppers, a little cheese) and cover with salsa. One burrito spiked my BG 130 points. Same stuff inside minus tortilla, mixed with quinoa, BG rose 5 points.

Don't get it! The stuff has 33 grams carbo, usually any carbo makes my BG spike. This doesn't.

So I've found an alternate protein, has all 8 amino acids. Currently it's quinoa and scrambled eggs for breakfast, & quinoa and refried beans for diner. Did this today and my BG was 119 and rose to 123, 2 hours later, both times.

So for me I need to find how to buy bulk, cause it is expensive (2 cups, $6.00).

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Emma2412 2010-05-20 12:02:42 -0500 Report

I did try Quinoa this morning and it's wonderful! I had 1/4 cup which is nothing when you look at it, but it was more than sufficient and even now about 4 hours after I ate it, I'm still not hungry. I added about a teaspoon of sugar-free syrup to it and that's it. It was great. I did 1 cup cry quinoa to 2 cups water. I like the fact that you can make it beforehand and then use it as you need it. I bought a 1-lb. box for $3.99 at Trader Joe's here in NJ, which is a small grocery chain. I can't thank you enough for this tip.

Emma2412 2010-05-20 12:07:03 -0500 Report

Oh, and I forgot to say that my BG reading when I got up was 88. I can't eat right away and never have been able to eat right away. So, I always just have coffee (milk & a small bit of Splenda — not even near the whole packet). So, right before I had my breakfast (which in this case was the Quinoa, my reading was at 142. Two hours after eating it was only at 144. It's so wonderful to be able to eat something that doesn't spike your BG reading! I'm hooked!!!!

Emma2412 2010-05-18 09:23:54 -0500 Report

This is very interesting and is something I'm going to look for and try out. I'll also have to look up quinoa on the web to see what exactly it is. I usually can't eat any rice without my BG spiking so am glad to look into an alternative. Thanks for the tip!

Armourer 2010-05-19 00:41:31 -0500 Report

Actually my understanding is it is a fruit, but looks like a grain. Ancient Harvest is the company my market has. Went to website and it has all kinds of recipes from breakfast, dessert, to diner and salads. Also has three different types (black, gold, & red), plus quinoa flour and flakes. Today I stopped by local Costco and they had a different brand but it was a four pound bag for $10. My 2 cup box says it contains 14 servings, so a four pound bag should last a whole month. I too can't have most carb anything because I'm so resistant. But I guess because of the protein amount the 31 grams of carb has little effect on me. Good luck!

Emma2412 2010-05-19 22:27:15 -0500 Report

Hi, Armourer
Today, I was researching quinoa and came across this great site for quinoa recipes.


I bought it at a small grocery chain called Trader Joe's. I paid $3.99 for a 1 lb. box. If I like it and it has a good effect on me, then I'll see if they have it BJ's. From what I've been reading, it's a great food and is very good not only for diabetics but for everyone else, too.

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