Quinoa has been cultivated for more than 5,000 years in the Andes, and was called the "mother grain" by the Incas, who believed eating quinoa gave them superhuman powers. Easy-to-digest and gluten-free, quinoa is a super-grain when you look at its nutritional profile. Quinoa isn’t a grain, however, but the seed of a leafy plant related to spinach. Quinoa sprouts as it cooks, and the World Health Organization says quinoa’s protein equals that in milk.
Hemp seeds also are a nutritional powerhouse with lots of fiber, essential fatty acids, vitamin A and vitamin C. And they're an ecological powerhouse as well. An acre of hemp produces four times more paper per year than an acre of trees.