Baked chicken and quinoa recipe is a very easy, quick and healthy lunch or dinner recipe you can prepare for your friends and family. You can find the recipe below.
Quinoa, pronounced as ‘keen-wa’ is a great wheat-free alternative to starchy grains. This grain is one of the world´s most popular super foods. Quinoa is not only gluten-free, but also high in protein and contains all nine essential amino acids. It´s also high in many minerals and vitamins, such as fiber, magnesium, iron, potassium, phosphorus, Vitamin E, etc.
There are 2 types: Red and White. Both are grown in South America (Peru, Bolivia and Chile). It´s a healthy substitute to rice, couscous or bulgur.
Benefits of Quinoa
High in protein and all amino essential acids
Quinoa is most famous for being one of the only plant foods that provides complete proteins, offering all essential amino acids. One cup contains 8 g of protein.
High in fiber
One cup of cooked quinoa contains 21 % of the recommended daily intake of fiber, which is great for your gut. Quinoa is also more easily digestible than many other grains.
Quinoa is naturally gluten-free, therefore it is perfect for gluten-free diets. Studies have shown that by using this grain instead of typical gluten-free ingredients like refined tapioca, potato, corn and rice flour, it can largely increase the nutrient and antioxidant value of the diet.
According to some studies, quinoa may help decrease the risk of many types of inflammation diseases. Nutrients in this grain help promote healthy gut microbes, which is important for preventing obesity, inflammation and disease.
Provides good metabolic health
Thanks to the high amount of beneficial nutrients, this amazing grain helps to improve metabolic health. Substituting other gluten-free products like bread or past with quinoa can significantly reduce blood sugar and insulin.
Great for heart health
This grain has a high level of heart healthy fats. It contains about 4 g of fat per cup and contains no trans-fats. 25% of fat in quinoa is oleic acid (healthy monounsaturated fat), 8% is alpha-linolenic acid (type of omega-3). Alpha-linolenic acid has been shown to decrease risk of heart attacks.
The baked chicken and quinoa recipe below is an inspiration from Fit Foodie Finds.