Quinoa is a grain-like crop that packs a major nutritional punch. Quinoa has a high protein content and is high in fiber, magnesium, iron and phosphorous. Quinoa is gluten-free and easy to digest. You can use quinoa as an alternative to rice or couscous. The most common way to cook quinoa is boiling it much like with rice. Quinoa can be served as a great snack or even breakfast. Simply combining it with almonds, honey and mixed berries will give you a great mini meal.