Before we get started lets talk a little about the benefits of some of the ingredients in this pasta dish.It calls for whole wheat Penne pasta. The whole wheat or brown pasta retains the fiber of the wheat flour. Therefore making the pasta a complex carbohydrate, not a simple carbohydrate like the traditional pastas with the fiber removed before being ground to flour. Complex carbohydrates digest slower, leaving you to feel full longer, giving more energy and controlling your blood sugar levels. This is great for diabetics.
One serving of Chicken (3 oz) provides about 65% of your daily need of protein. The recipe calls for flaked sun-dried tomatoes, but before they are processed, one cup of sun-dried tomatoes provides 7.6 grams of protein, 1.6 grams of fat, and 6.6 grams of dietary fiber. Which is equal to 27% of your daily need for fiber. Sun-dried tomatoes serve as an excellent source of minerals, including potassium and magnesium. They are also filled with vitamins K and niacin. Vitamin K is a help to blood clotting and wound healing and niacin is good for brain function (source for sun-dried tomatoes: Livestrong).
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