Brown Rice Versus Quinoa: Which Is The Better Choice?

Which one should I choose? What is the difference? This article will help you figure that out!

I know you have eaten brown rice, but have you ever tried quinoa? Quinoa is pronounced ‘KEEN-wah.’

Quinoa, A Complete Protein Source

You may have heard of it as it has become increasingly popular. Quinoa is a seed and is considered a complete source of protein on its own. That’s right: it is a complete source of protein on its own.

Brown rice on the other hand is a whole grain and not a complete protein.

Quinoa comes in a variety of colors, white, red, black, or purple. Quinoa not only packs an extra punch of protein, it also has a nuttier flavor.

Some quinoa comes prewashed, but it is still recommended that you wash it prior to cooking it. Prewashing it will ensure that the saponin coating has been removed. This may seem like an extra step, but in reality the cooking time for quinoa is considerably less. So if you hate waiting for a big pot of brown rice to cook, quinoa may be an alternative.

Quinoa and Brown Rice: Which Should You Choose?

Nutrition Facts – 1 cup cooked brown rice

  • 215 calories
  • 5g protein
  • 45g carbohydrates
  • 1.75g fat

Nutritional Fact – 1 cup cooked quinoa

  • 220 calories
  • 8g protein
  • 39.5g carbohydrates
  • 3.5g fat

After all of this I bet you think I am going to tell you to go for quinoa because it is the ‘better’ option. NOPE…as for me I still can’t pronounce it! And I am sticking with my brown rice. But you never know unless you try it.

So if you choose to try it, make sure to rinse the quinoa in a fine mesh strainer until the water runs clear. From there drain your quinoa and cook on the stove for 16-18 minutes.

1 cup raw Quinoa plus 1 cup water Yield 2 ¾ cups

Beastly Bonus

Give this recipe a try with brown rice or Quinoa.


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