Quinoa (KEEN-wah) is a seed that is harvested from a tall, leafy plant that is not a cereal grass (a tall grass that produces a kernel at the top of their stalk.) Quinoa is a relative of spinach, beets and chard and is therefore technically classified as a pseudo-cereal grain, along with amaranth and buckwheat.
Often referred to as the supergrain, quinoa is high in fiber and high-quality complete protein because it contains contains all the essential amino acids. In fact, it contains more protein than any other grain, is classified as a whole grain and is naturally gluten-free. Quinoa , making it a complete protein and boasts viable levels of Iron, b-Vitamins, Magnesium, Potassium, Calcium, Vitamin E, Fiber.
Like any other food item, some dogs may have an issue with this super ancient grain. The potential discomfort can come from the external shell. To insure that your dog can easily digest and reap all the benefits of Quinoa, it is best to cook it first.