Why not introduce a new super food to your table this week?! Black rice is a naturally gluten free, heirloom plant grown mostly in Asia. It is soft in texture and has a mild, nutty flavor. It used to be called "forbidden rice" because for quite some time, it was reserved for only royalty and was said to bring them "a long life of good health".
In Chinese medicine, black rice is praised for its health benefits for the stomach, liver, and kidneys and in this week's What's That?! Wednesday post, we discuss several of these health benefits as well as how to cook it and where to find it so you can reap those benefits!
Health Benefits of Black Rice:
Black rice is a great substitute for most things you would use brown rice for- try pairing it with a stir fry or other Asian inspired dish. I also love to add a small serving to my salads for lunch-time for a little "good carbs" to stabilize the blood sugar and keep my energy up through the day. You can also cook it longer and with more liquid to make it into a "pudding" or porridge of sorts -add your favorite spices like cinnamon and ginger and some chopped walnuts and you have an easy fiber-based treat.
While black rice can be difficult to find in a regular supermarket, you can find it in most health food stores as well as several online retailers.
Happy Cooking & Eating!
~Billie & Jen
Billie Shellist, FDN-P
I practice functional nutrition, an approach that allows me to look at your entire health history and help you find the "root causes" of your chronic health complaints.
This cuts out the trial and error process and helps you get real symptom relief and resolution!
Food is medicine and knowledge is power -I hope you enjoy my anti-inflammatory recipes which are gluten, dairy, and soy free as well as very low grain and sugar.
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