Whether you are trying to follow a (LGI) low glycemic index diet, replacing bad carbs vs healthy carbs– this healthy Arroz con Pollo (Chicken and Rice) will be your go to recipe from now on.
Not only is it nutritious, hearty and healthy it is super easy to make. This arroz con pollo is made with Quinoa instead of white rice making a lower glycemic index food. Plus, it is so delicious your family or guest may not even notice a difference– ok the finicky ones will but still– they’ll eat it.
Here are some of the many benefits of Quinoa:
Quinoa is an ancient high-nutrient pseudo-grain that is gaining wide recognition.
This food has a balanced and adequately proportioned nutrient structure featuring complete proteins, complex carbohydrates with a low glycemic index, dietary fiber, macro-minerals, trace minerals, vitamins and antioxidants. Quinoa can be considered a carbohydrate of choice for the healthy carbs diet because of its nutritional attributes.
The glycemic index of quinoa is much lower compared to other carbohydrates, such as white rice.
|Low Glycemic Index||High Glycemic Index|
|Quinoa: 38||Rice: 70|
|French Fries: 75|
This clearly demonstrates that you will benefit from eating quinoa without conflicting with the biochemical mechanisms while maintain a low-carb diet. High-glycemic-index foods rapidly elevate the plasma glucose level, which in turn elevates the plasma insulin level. Elevation of plasma insulin facilitates body fat synthesis and storage.
Minerals in Quinoa
Quinoa is rich in such macro-minerals as potassium, magnesium and calcium, and trace minerals such as manganese, copper, selenium, zinc and chromium.
Protein in Quinoa
Quinoa provides you a better source of quality protein, compared to protein from animal sources. Animal sources of proteins are often accompanied by fats, hormones, antibiotics and numerous other chemical contaminants. Quality proteins contain all of the eight essential amino acids. In adequate amounts, quality proteins assure that the body has the necessary building blocks for enzymes, muscles and other tissues.
There you have it. Super easy, cooks in less than 20 minutes but the best part is that it is loaded with amazing but best yet you wont have any sugar spikes or feel guilty afterwords.
Now is your turn. Have you cooked with Quinoa before? Go ahead don’t be shy and let us know how you enjoy Quinoa .