I was sent a lovely box of quinoa products for babies and children from Quniola Mothergrain recently and put them through their paces over the past few weeks. By way of introduction lets clear one thing up – Quinoa is not actually pronounced quinn-o-a but keen-wah. Quinoa is plant-based vegetable protein that is full of vitamins as well as being gluten and cholesterol free. The company imports fair-trade quinoa from Peru in conjunction with the Cabaña Farming Co-operative. The products are packaged near Calais in partnership with a French reintegration organisation that employs people with learning difficulties to package the products – all using recycled cardboard. And onto the actual products themselves. I’ll start by saying that the website suggests that the products I was sent are suitable for 3 year olds and older– I had a good look at the ingredients and couldn’t see any reason not to give it to my 1 year old so I did. They have a baby range also so you could look into this alternative for babies. We tried all three of their products – Tex Mex, Thai and Mediterranean. Our favourite was the Thai one although they were all really tasty and the Tex Mex one came with kidney beans so it was packed full of protein. If you’ve never tried Quinoa before I would say that the texture is a little unusual therefore my toddler, being a little but stuck in her ways somewhat reluctantly ate hers. The small lady wolfed it down! The packaging is handy for putting in a changing bag to have as a healthy, wholesome snack when you’re on the go, it can be eaten hot or straight out of the packet.
It is primarily stocked in Ireland around the Dublin area and around the northern part of the Republic in around 30 Supervalu stores and many health food shops – unfortunately I don’t see any stockist south of the M4 but I’ll keep an eye out as I’m sure they will expand further. The packets I received retail at €2.49 per packet. If I spot them again myself I certainly will stock up.