GoGo Quinoa Product Review Part II

I’m thrilled to be getting the chance to review more of GoGO Quinoa’s deliciously healthy products!

I first heard of GoGo Quinoa when I was opening my January Little Life Box. At the time I was just starting to get involved with completely converting my lifestyle into a healthy one, and quinoa was never really part of my meal plans. To be honest, I didn’t even really know what quinoa is, but GoGo Quinoa gives a good description:

Quinoa, an ancient “pseudo-grain”, was consumed by the Incas. Now in high demand for its multiple health benefits, quinoa is known for its perfectly balanced contend in fiber, carbohydrates and complete plant-based protein. The grains can be either white, red or black. The nutritional value is hardly different: no matter what color, quinoa is a superfood everyone will enjoy!

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Quinoa is packed with nutrition and contains a slew of health benefits. It contains two flavonoids, quercetin and kaempferol, which have anti-viral, anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory and anti-depressant effects which have all been found in animal studies. Quinoa is also very high in fibre and is gluten-free, high in protein and contains all of the essential amino acids that us humans need to survive.

GoGo Quinoa

We are committed to providing you with a variety of delicious and nutritious quinoa products of the highest quality. It is for that reason that we are the first Canadian company to ensure local quinoa quality control, in our factory based in Saint-Laurent.
Our specialized Andean grain cleaning machinery line allows us to reduce the level of saponin, a bitter substance coating each grain and acting as a natural insecticide, to less than 0.01% and to remove any impurities such as volcanic rocks and straw to offer you a safe and pure product that only contains the best tasting quinoa.

GoGo Quinoa started when the founder sought out to get quinoa as certified Fair Trade in North America. The company started in 2004 and grew into a successful 20,000 square foot facility that incorporates locally sourced ingredients with organic, vegan and gluten-free options. You can actually read and understand the ingredients; as they are healthy, nutritious and safe for those with allergies.

Products

These products were sent to livelaughblog for an honest review.

Organic Tri-Color Royal Quinoa: $8.00

Make your dishes stand out with this red, white & black quinoa mix! This superfood, called the mother of all grain Quechua, is known for its nutritional richness and as a complete plant-based protein!

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All Purpose Flour- Gluten Free: $9.00

This gluten free flour is obtained by grinding the grains of quinoa, kaniwa and rice into a fine powder. This flour can be used in your cooking projects as is to replace wheat flour. The foods made with quinoa and kaniwa flour will stand out with their delicious taste and their higher protein content.

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4 Grain Hot Cereal: $6.00

This 4 grains hot cereal, a mix of quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat and chia seeds are an excellent alternative to traditional oatmeal. Garnish it with your favourite fruits and a touch of maple syrup for a satisfying breakfast packed with fiber! You can also use them to replace oats in homemade cereal bars recipes or even in desserts.

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Quinoa Cookies Double Chocolate: $6.00

These crunchy cookies, made with quinoa flour, will win you over with their rich and chocolaty taste. These vegan and gluten free treats are individually wrapped in a recyclable envelope, making them an ideal option for lunchboxes!

I was very weary at first about these quinoa cookies as I have tried gluten-free cookies in the past and wasn’t really a huge fan. These don’t taste like traditional cookies- they are MUCH better! I became addicted after a few bites and kept creeping back to the pantry to get another cookie. I love that they are also individually wrapped!21244560_10159193530900655_1376511277_n

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Amaranth: $6.00

Amaranth, a small seed rich in protein and calcium, can act as a binding and thickening agent. This nutritious superfood is a great addition to any salad, and its unique texture works wonderfully in soups.

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Puffed Crisp Cereals – Quinoa, Sorghum & Black Beans: $6.00

Your entire family will love these crunchy quinoa, sorghum & black beans puffed cereals! These treats are gluten-free and, high in fiber and iron are perfect for a quick breakfast or even as a light and original snack.

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Kaniwa (Quinoa baby): $8.00

Kaniwa is also called baby quinoa. It has a crunchy texture and a dark red color. Compared to quinoa, kaniwa is much smaller and does not have saponins, which are natural protective coatings21244773_10159193533620655_473245281_n

Instant Quinoa Flakes: $7.00

These organic and gluten free quinoa flakes are naturally delicious and can be enjoyed in the morning as hot cereal. This nutritious alternative to oatmeal can be used to make delicious desserts or even cereal bars.21291101_10159193530845655_1554562169_n

Recipes

Super Grains Pasta Fusilli Quinoa 

Discover our selection of premium quality gluten free pasta! Our fusilli is made with organic white rice and quinoa flour and offers the same lovely ‘al dente’ texture as wheat pasta.

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GoGo Quinoa is proud to present it’s new super grain pasta. 

Ingredients : Organic sorghum flour, organic white quinoa flour, organic amaranth flour, organic chia flour.

Cooking Instructions : Bring 3-4 liters of water to a boil. Add salt if desired. When the water is boiling well, add the pasta and cook for 9 minutes for an Al Dente texture while stirring occasionally. Drain and rinse promptly with cold water. Serve immediately with your favorite sauce and condiments. 

Theses pasta are certified organic, gluten free. They are part of the NON-GMO project, vegan, rice free and corn free. 

Tomato Herb Fusilli

I did a very similar recipe to the last time I made the Fusilli from GoGo Quinoa. I didn’t use any veggies but instead pulled some fresh herbs from the garden! I added the Fusilli to 3-4 liters of waters and stirred regularly. I followed the instructions which stated that in order to get regular texture pasta, to allow 8-10 minutes to cook. This time was dead on accurate, and I drained the pasta with cold water. I took an additional few minutes to simmer the herbs with the pasta sauce nicely. Once ready, I poured the sauce over the pasta and stirred it around. You wouldn’t know this pasta was organic or whole wheat as it tastes just like regular pasta, except WAY healthier for you and delicious to eat!

I used a vegetarian fire roasted tomato sauce which was SO Good!

Royal Quinoa Puffs: $6.00

This cereal is obtained by exposing quinoa grains to a very high temperature in a pressure oven, causing them to pop! Puffed quinoa can be enjoyed with some milk for a quick breakfast, added to yogurt, used in homemade cereal bars and even in salads for a special crunchy and nutritious touch.

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For this recipe I followed the instructions on the back of the package for these delicious Quinoa Puff Krispies- as I like to call them.

Quinoa Puff Krispies

5 Tablespoons of butter or a vegan alternative

1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

Approx. 40 large marshmallows

6 cups Quinoa Puffs

  1. Melt the Butter (or alternative) in a saucepan and mix in marshmallows slowly until completely melted.
  2. Once mixed, add in the Quinoa Puffs and stir the mixture until combined well
  3. Scoop into a pan or tray and flatten out with a wooden spoon. Scatter the chocolate chips (next time I will likely add the chocolate chips into the mixture instead of waiting to add them last)
  4. Cool for 20 mins
  5. Enjoy!

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Final Thoughts

The recipes I made were absolutely delicious. I love the organic, gluten-free and vegan products that are healthy substitutes for the unhealthy products you can cheaply buy in stores. GoGo Quinoa supplies very affordable, healthy products that can be used from breakfast to dinner to late night snacks- but all HEALTHY!

To purchase GoGo Quinoa products or to find out where you can buy GoGo Quinoa, click here!

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