India thrives on rice. We happen to be one of the major rice producing nations of the world, and we very well know how to sneak it in our diet in so many delicious ways. Also, when many diets suggest swapping rice with something healthier, a lot of us may develop cold feet. Eating rotis everyday may prove to be a tad monotonous affair. When nutritionists talk about going on a low-carb diet, they actually want you to cut down on your simple carb intake. Carbohydrates are responsible for providing energy; however, carbohydrates are of two kinds- complex and simple. Simple carbs get digested soon, and induce cravings again. On the other hand, complex carbs fill you up. If you feel satiated, you are much less likely to binge again. Rice, especially white rice, falls under the category of bad carbs. They lack enough protein too.On a low-carb diet, one must make room for ample protein.
If you are looking for a healthy and yummy replacement for rice, you can try quinoa. The pseudo-cereal is cooked much like rice and has a very earthy taste. Quinoa is an excellent source of plant-based protein. It has all essential amino acids. Apart from protein, it is also packed with monounsaturated fat, potassium, phosphorus, copper, zinc, vitamin E and B6, riboflavin, niacin, thiamine, iron and magnesium. This yummy quinoa pulao recipe by Mumbai-based YouTuber Manjula Jain, shared on her channel Manjula's Kitchen, can be an excellent addition to your high-protein diet. Protein helps induce satiety and regulate cravings too! Here's the recipe.
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