Day #5 in the 12-day Countdown!
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#5: Brown Rice
Versatile, inexpensive, easy on the digestive system, and agreeable with just about everyone, brown rice is one of those must-have staples that I believe no one should live without. For quite a long time, I avoided brown rice, opting for the quick-cooking ‘instant’ rice I grew up on because, well, it’s fast and it’s what I was used to. After hearing, repeatedly, the benefits of brown and realizing what minimal nutrition is supplied by the instant, I switched. And I’ll never go back.
One thing that’s made it more manageable for me is to make large batches of rice, then use some as a side the same day and refrigerate the rest in a sealed container for use in recipes throughout the week. It makes home-cooked weeknight dinners faster and easier without compromising my family’s nutrition. Learn more about batch cooking here.
Benefits for Everyone
- Intestinal health
- Reduces risk of diabetes and heart disease
- Regulates blood pressure
- Strengthens bones
- Supports muscle/nerve function
- Improves mood by helping to release seratonin, the body’s natural ‘feel good’ enzyme
BONUS Beautifying Benefits for Mom
- Provides alertness and energy longer by stabilizing blood sugar
- Helps achieve/maintain healthy weight
*Serve as a side with grilled chicken or fish
*Make a quick ‘Southwest Rice Bowl’ ~ add black beans, shredded cheddar, salsa, and top with low-fat sour cream or avocado puree
*Click here for batch cooking instructions & more serving ideas!
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