Hypoglycemics need to eat protein every three hours along with carbs. I can only eat a certain amount of chicken, eggs, nuts and cheese before I start getting really bored with my food (for a good list of protein sources, see Outline of a Hypoglycemic Diet) and need to try new things. My newest venture was quinoa (keen-WAH). It’s a grain, but packs an amazing amount of protein as well!
It was a little difficult to find in the grocery store, but I eventually found it next to the couscous. I was shocked at how tiny the bag was and thought, “Really? This is it?”. I followed package instructions and used 3/4 cup of the dry quinoa. To my amazement, it expanded quite a bit! The serving size for quinoa is 1/2 cup, and the dry mix expanded to 2 cups (4 servings).
The taste is very bland and slightly unusual, but I found I really enjoyed it once I added a little bit of olive oil and salt. My only complaint? A 1/2 cup is 47g of carbs, which is pretty much my whole carb count for a meal. Plus it packs in 12g of protein in a 1/2 cup, which means you really don’t need any meat with it. So, what do I do for the rest of the meal? That’s only 200 calories. I opted for a lot of non-starch veggies.
Bottom line: I’m definitely going to add quinoa into my diet mix from now on.