Calories in Red Quinoa

by Jennifer Loucks

One cup of uncooked red quinoa in a measuring scoop.

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Red quinoa is a small seed that cooks quickly and adds a nutty flavor to the dishes it accompanies. The seed breaks open and forms a curly white thread once it is fully cooked. Red quinoa is high in protein and nutrients and makes a good substitute for white rice or pasta.


A 1-cup serving of cooked red quinoa has a caloric range of approximately 200 to 350 calories, depending on the brand. The serving size per person is generally 1/2 cup, resulting in a caloric value of 100 to 175. These calories represent red quinoa cooked with water.


Red quinoa is high in protein with approximately 9 g for each 1-cup serving. There are 20 g or more of carbohydrates for each 1 cup of red quinoa, depending on the brand. Fiber represents approximately 5 g of the total carbohydrate value for 1 cup of quinoa.

Vitamins and Minerals

According to the "New York Times," quinoa is high in protein, which results in the presence of amino acids, including lysine. The body uses lysine for tissue repair and growth. Quinoa also contains significant amounts of manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, copper and iron to keep blood levels regulated.

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About the Author

Jennifer Loucks has been writing since 1998. She previously worked as a technical writer for a software development company, creating software documentation, help documents and training curriculum. She now writes hobby-based articles on cooking, gardening, sewing and running. Loucks also trains for full marathons, half-marathons and shorter distance running. She holds a Bachelor of Science in animal science and business from University of Wisconsin-River Falls.