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Quinoa with Chicken and Vegetables -Fun Facts

Friday, February 01, 2013

Chicken Breast (cooked), no skin, 50 grams - 60 cal
Onions, raw, 58 grams - 22 cal
Yellow Peppers (bell peppers), 160 grams - 43 cal
Ancient Harvest Traditional Whole Grain Quinoa, 1 serving =.25 cup dry, 0.25 cup - 172 cal
Spinach, fresh, 0.25 cup - 2 cal
1/8 tsp dried rosemary and 1 tsp fresh thyme

Quinoa Fun Facts

-it's one of the only plant foods that's a complete protein, offering all the essential amino acids in a healthy balance

-Quinoa is also highest of all the whole grains in potassium, which helps control blood pressure

-Quioa is a relative of leafy green vegetabes like spinach and swiss chard

-It's pronounced "keen-wah"

-It's gluten free

-Inca warriors ate balls of quinoa and fat to keep them going on long marches and in battle.

-NASA has proposed quinoa as an ideal food for long-duration space flights.

-The Natchez Indians, on the lower Mississippi River, may have cultivated a variety of quinoa.

-Chicha is a traditional beer made from fermented quinoa.

-A quinoa poultice or plaster was traditionally thought to heal bones, and Andean families have traditionally used the saponin-filled wash water from quinoa as a shampoo.

-Lamb's quarters, a common weed increasingly sought after as a gourmet salad ingredient, is a cousin of quinoa.

-Chenopodeum, the botanical name for quinoa, means "goose foot," so named because the leaves of the plant resemble the webbed foot of a goose.

-In times of drought, when other crops in quinoa-growing areas fail, quinoa can actually increase its yields. The crop can thrive on as little as three to four inches of annual rainfall.

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