GRAIN OF TRUTH
Quinoa jumps from the salad bowl to the snack aisle
It's no wonder that quinoa has been popping up in salads and at restaurants, but we were pleasantly surprised to find this low-calorie, protein-packed grain in the snack aisle next to our granola.
Reach for these nutrient-dense treats the next time hunger strikes:
Keen-Wah Decadence energy bars ($35 for a box of 12) have a crunchy texture thanks to crispy baked quinoa and provide an extra boost with almonds and chia seeds. Keep them nearby during long stretches between lunch and dinner.
Did we mention this great grain is also gluten-free? Quinitos quinoa-and-rice snacks ($4 a bag) have a hint of raw cocoa powder and make a filling treat for even the most sensitive stomachs. Swap your cereal for the coconut-and-honey version.
I Heart Keenwah's poppable puffed-quinoa clusters ($16 for a four-pack sample) are formed with organic honey and come in sweet flavor combos like cranberry cashew and chocolate and sea salt. Sneak a bag into the movie theater for a healthier (yet totally satisfying) alternative to popcorn.