For some, it doesn’t matter how calorie-loaded quinoa is. This food is absolutely nutritious with a capital N. One serving of quinoa is 222 calories and that is one cup, cooked. It has 8 grams of protein and is rich in amino acids. Just don’t eat quinoa three times a day but you can very well insert this food in your menu plan for at least 3-4 times a week. It will do you good instead of eating white rice or white bread.