A Surfer’s Meal of Champions: Gallo Pinto

Posted on Jun 20, 2014 in Wellness

DSC00056Gallo Pinto, meaning “spotted rooster” in Spanish, is a traditional dish of Costa Rica that is made from rice and beans.  The name, Gallo Pinto, comes from the color of the dish after the beans are cooked and the juices are consumed by the rice.  Usually, the dish takes on a multi-colored or speckled appearance.

Made by combining ingredients, such as canola oil, onions, minced garlic, white rice, black or red beans, ground cumin, ground coriander, Lizano salsa, salt, and black pepper, Gallo Pinto is a perfect dish to accompany a healthier lifestyle.  It is low in calories and sodium, and it has no cholesterol, making it a “heart healthy” dish.

Surfers in Costa Rica will enjoy their traditional Gallo Pinto dish, as it is a good source of potassium, carbohydrates, and protein from the black beans.  Black beans are also high in soluble fiber, which will lower your cholesterol and reduce your blood sugar.  They are also an excellent source of potassium, which is considered to be one of the body’s key electrolytes.  Electrolytes need to be replenished in the body after a long period of exercise, such as surfing.

Gallo Pinto represents the perfect dish for surfers to enjoy after spending a whole day catching the waves.  A surfer’s diet should be rich in complex carbohydrates, trace nutrient sources, and lean protein, and Gallo Pinto meets all these nutritional requirements.

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