Many of you have probably heard about the great benefits of quinoa. It is high in protein and is actually a complete protein which is unusual for a grain. Quinoa right now is being considered a "super food" even though it is a very ancient grain that has been around for thousands of years.
Andean Dream makes different quinoa pastas and cookies. I was excited to try these to see if they were tasty and if they were a good alternative to traditional wheat pastas and cookies for those who cannot have gluten. I was sent some of the quinoa macaroni and spaghetti as well as the chocolate chip cookies, coconut cookies, and Cafe Mocha cookies.
They spun this healthy, golden grain into Andean Dream Quinoa Cookies. The five flavors are all gluten free, and do not contain any dairy products, eggs, soy, corn or nuts. They are individually packed for you in a convenient single serving packet, fully recyclable. Perfect to grab for a quick snack, and for school lunches and backpacks!
Andean Dream Pasta contains 24 grams of protein and 21 amino acids in an 8 oz. box. Pasta cooks to an excellent flavor and texture, never mushy. Especially easy to cook, it can be enjoyed year-round because it is versatile and light. Andean Dream Quinoa pasta is not only gluten free, but is also organic, and kosher. It is also completely corn and soy free.
Andean Dream was founded by Ingrid Hirstin Lazcano, a Los Angeles businesswoman, through the inspiration of her husband Fernando, a former Bolivian career diplomat.
Ingrid learned of the benefits of quinoa first-hand while working on a public relations campaign in 2005 with a research scientist and author who specialized in improving health through eating alkaline-rich foods. Intrigued by quinoa, she started eating the grain on a regular basis and noticed a significant increase in energy and a true feeling of well-being. This sparked her desire to create a line of products to share the benefits of this unique super food with U.S. consumers.
In 2006 Ingrid traveled to Bolivia to locate the world’s finest quinoa. High in the Bolivian Andes she found Royal Quinoa, which is prized over other quinoa varieties for its high protein and amino acid content. She quickly established a business relationship with Andean Valley, Bolivia’s largest exporter of organic Royal Quinoa, whose programs help create sustainable family businesses for the indigenous farmers of Royal Quinoa.
In 2006 the first Andean Dream cookies were introduced in Whole Foods Markets, and then, in 2008, Andean Dream launched its line of quinoa pastas.
To learn more about Royal Quinoa, and view photos of the positive economic changes occurring for the 280 indigenous farming families who grow the Royal Quinoa used in our product