Rice- Not unlike most Americans, I have been trying to limit my carbs to loose a few pounds and inches but it's just not working. In fact; I eat less, drink less, and don't have snacks, and still NOTHING!!! So at first I thought it's my age and lack of movement. But my mom is much older than me and super thin and healthy. I am always moving so lack of movement is not the problem. I thought I would ask mom everyday what she eats and see what I am doing wrong. Well just like me, lots of veg and fruit, but also almost everyday rice or pasta, mostly rice and she is as active as she was 20 years ago. So I thought I would look into rice a bit more. After all, it is one of the most widely used and eaten foods in the world because it can keep people healthy and alive, even in very small quantities.
Here is what I found:There are more than 40,000 varieties of rice that grow across every continent except on Antarctica.Since rice is abundant in carbohydrates, it acts as fuel for the body and aids in the normal functioning of the brain. Carbohydrates are essential to be metabolized by the body and turned into functional, usable energy.
The vitamins, minerals, and various organic components increase the functioning and metabolic activity of all your organ systems, which further increases energy levels.Rice has the ability to provide fast and instant energy, regulate and improve bowel movements, stabilize blood sugar levels, and slow down the aging process (I bet that's why mom looks so amazing!), while also providing an essential source of vitamin B1 to the human body. Other benefits include its ability to boost skin health, increase the metabolism aid in digestion, reduce high blood pressure, help weight loss efforts (and that is where I went wrong), improve the immune system and provide protection against dysentery, cancer, and heart disease.Bottom line is, eating rice is extremely beneficial for your health, simply because it does not contain harmful fats, cholesterol or sodium. It forms an integral part of balanced diet.
Any food that can provide nutrients without having any negative impacts on health is a bonus! Low levels of fat, cholesterol, and sodium will also help reduce obesity and the health conditions associated with being overweight. It is one of the most widely used and eaten foods in the world because it can keep people healthy and alive, even in very small quantities.As I was looking up information on Rice I also came across the issue of Arsenic levels in rice. So I found out the way we make rice, is the best way to reduce or get rid of the arsenic. Rice has to be washed no matter what. Yes, even when you get it organic and in fancy packaging!
We soak our rice in water and sea salt before cooking sometimes overnight but at least couple of hours. Then we rinse again. This processes reduces levels of arsenic significantly. Another thing we do is we boil the water, add rice to it, then strain the water before fully cooking it so this is one more step to reduce the arsenic levels. Okay then.... maybe that's what I am doing wrong!!! This weeks menu is inspired by RICE and personally I am excited to be going back eating it more regularly.
Hope you will enjoy this weeks menu as much we enjoy preparing them for you.