The ‘good for you’ grain
Good news for grain lovers! Eating rice can help reduce the risk of chronic diseases, such as obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease, according to research recently published by the Journal of the American Dietetic Association. The data suggests that rice-eaters have healthier eating patterns and consume less added sugar and saturated fat than non-rice eaters. As a result, they are able to cut unnecessary calories and maintain a healthy weight.
The proof is in the rice pudding, folks. By including rice and other whole grain complex carbohydrates like millet, barley, buckwheat, and quinoa in your diet, you are more likely to promote good nutrition and foster a healthy lifestyle. Taking control of your health is the first step in solving the obesity and health care crisis in our country, and you can start with what you pile on your plate. With rice at approximately 10 cents per serving, it’s an affordable and easy-to-prepare option. Check out one of our great recipes below.
Brown Basmati Pilaf
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 30-40 minutes
Yields: 4 servings
1 cup brown basmati rice
2 cups water
1 teaspoon salt
½ cup dried cranberries
½ cup walnut pieces
½ cup fresh parsley, chopped
Rinse rice in fine mesh strainer until water runs clear.
Boil water in a sauce pan.
Add rice and salt.
Cover and reduce heat.
After 15 minutes add cranberries and walnuts on top, do not stir.
Cook 15-20 minutes until all liquid is absorbed.
Remove from heat, add parsley and fluff with fork.
Cover and let sit for 3-5 minutes then serve.