Quinoa - why so many hidden points?!

Written by lk1112 (liz) on 9/1/2011 4:41 PM | COMMENTS (5)

One of my new favorite things is a recipe I found for quinoa that has toasted almonds and craisins in it - it's DELICIOUS hot AND cold...which means it's a fairly good on-the-go food since it doesn't have to be reheated.

The thing that blows my mind is that one CUP of this recipe is 9 POINTS PLUS! I don't see how that is possible considering quinoa is supposed to be so healthy. The recipe yields 4 cups, and includes the following:

Quinoa
Craisins
1 Shallot
Sliced almonds, toasted
Chicken or vegetable broth
1 tsp of Olive Oil (used when cooking the shallots and to 'toast' the quinoa prior to adding the broth)

Sounds so healthy, yet...isn't. :( So sad.

Now I have had to make my serving size 1/2 C which doesn't fill me up that well and still seems to have a high points value...

Here is the link to the recipe if anyone is interested - like I said, it's DELICIOUS, but does have a surprisingly high points value.

Quinoa Pilaf with Cranberries

Why can't quinoa be lower points plus?!

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  • Post Image laydylynx (elizabeth)

    7/28/2012 1:02 PM
    When I plugged in the nutrition into the calculator, it gave me 6 PP per serving.


  • Post Image obinrindidun7 (ivon)

    3/12/2012 8:43 AM
    Hello there. So I am back on WW and I went to the Jennifer Hudson blog (here on WW) and found a recipe for a cup of bulgur. I tried it this weekend, but with the variation of just quinoa. I was still trying to figure out the amounts & wound up eating a cup and half of cooked quinoa with fresh veggies and an egg on top. I wound up eating like 10 points for breakfast yesterday! Oh yeah 10 points! BUT... I truly wasn't hungry until dinner time and we had folks over for the dinner.


  • Post Image bridgjones75

    9/1/2011 6:34 PM
    Almonds high in fat, Craisins not only are dried fruit, but has sugar added. And I agree, it's not fair.


  • Post Image brflora

    9/1/2011 6:21 PM
    Just because it has points, doesn't mean it isn't healthy. I'm finding the higher fiber, higher protein food has higher points. But that type of food is more filling too. And, when I eat that type of food for my points, I lose more than if I use my points for low fiber/protein food.


  • Post Image geminijai (jaime)

    9/1/2011 5:26 PM
    I'm right there with you! I LOVE QUINOA and hate that the PPV for *any* recipe is so high :( ... 9PPV isn't bad for an entire meal, though- either lunch or dinner. Is it filling enough to eat by itself??




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