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Lose Weight with Rice…..

Lose Weight with Rice…..

brown_riceYes, you read it right. You can lose weight with rice. Rice is a staple diet in many countries and Rice is my favorite  cereal….I cannot imagine my meals with out rice.

But lets get smarter. Switch to brown rice. Just had a yummy brown rice pulao(pilaf) with a lots of vegetables added. Brown rice has a nuttier flavour and is higher in fiber and vitamins than white rice. It is really a smart move to change all the recipes which contain white rice to brown rice. It is great for your blood sugar plus helps in weight loss…So now I have started making brown rice biryani but of course with less fat and mix of veggies and chicken but yes it requires more water and time for cooking. But its worth it.

Weight loss is due to the high content of fiber. It helps you to feel full faster hence you end up eating lesser and the vitamins present too help to fire your metabolism. Brown rice is the healthiest cereals around. Hence make the move to feel the difference in your diet.

Bring brown into your diets and enjoy a healthy carb diet.

Making Healthy Food Choices

Making Healthy Food Choices

food_choicesWe are given choices to choose some of the most healthiest foods…Lets have a look at them.

  1. Fresh fruit instead of juices- Fruits are rich in fiber and low on sugar and calories while fruit juices are devoid of fiber and high in sugar. Hence it is healthy to munch on a fruit than gulp juices.
  2. Avocado instead of butter and margarine- Avocado is rich in good fats aka monounsaturated fats while butter is rich in saturated fats and margarine of transfats etc.
  3. Multi grain bread instead of white bread- Whole grain breads are great on fiber and balance sugar levels and give the feeling of fullness and white bread is stripped of all its nutrition and has no fiber.
  4. Baked potato instead of potato chips- Potato with the jacket helps to retain all its nutrients while chips are refined and deep fried and also have lots of salt.
  5. Brown rice instead of white rice- brown rice is rich in fiber and is more nutritious than white rice.
  6. Skimmed milk instead whole milk- Low fat milk helps to cut down on saturated fats while whole milk is rich in calories and fats.
  7. Steamed rice instead of fried rice- Steamed rice helps to retain more nutrients than fried rice.
  8. Lean meats instead of sausages and other processed meats- sausages are high in saturated fats while lean meats are trimmed of all the artery clogging fats.
  9. Fresh fruit instead of dried fruits-Dried fruits are richer in calories compared to fruits and are lesser filling.
  10. Eat more beans rather than meats- You get the protein without the calories and fats and beans have more fiber.

Making such choices choices help you to get healthy and fit….

Do you need to throw the rice water away?

Do you need to throw the rice water away?

rice_waterRice is one of the most misunderstood food in India. It is assumed that you will gain weight if you eat rice. Rice is healthy and contains nutrients.

It is considered fine to eat maida, white sugar in a weight loss diet by many of my clients, but if I tell them to eat rice, they think I am misguiding them. Although white rice is not healthy, brown rice is the healthiest. Rice is rich in vitamin Bs which help in better breaking down of food. They are rich in manganese, magnesium, selenium etc. Those who eat diets poor in manganese are said to have sugar craving after food as manganese helps to maintain normal blood sugars and also those who eat white rice.

But I have heard from my clients that they throw away the rice water after cooking, assuming that all the calories are thrown away and they of course, doing the right thing. But when you throw away rice water, even the nutrients are drained out.

To retain nutrients, cook rice in less water and see that the water imbibes into it. This retains the nutrients and is said to be more healthier. Now you may think what about calories? Yes, starch is high in calories, but provides you with needed calories. All you need to do is eat lesser portions. Eating lesser portions of cooked rice will keep weight in check and also keep you healthy as you are getting all the vitamins and minerals

So next time do no throw away the rice water.

P.S. I cook rice in the microwave cooker, it is much faster and healthier. Next time try Kohinoor Basmati’s brown rice basmathi which tastes great and is healthier than plain basmathi white rice.

Eat Brown rice to prevent cancer

Eat Brown rice to prevent cancer

brown_rice - 2Brown Rice is the world most healthiest food. It is not the color which makes it healthy when compared to white rice. Brown rice has it layers intact while white rice loses all it layers and is polished and kills all the nutrients present in it.

Brown rice provides antioxidant protection. Vitamin E protects the cells from damage and hence prevents various skin cancers and so do other minerals like manganese, selenium

The fiber content in brown rice just like oats prevent colon cancers. It relieves constipation and hence normalizes the bowel function. The fiber in brown rice also helps to bind to various cancer causing chemical and keep them away from the cells lining the colon and prevent any harm to these cells.

Women also benefit from the fiber provided by brown rice as it reduces the chances of breast cancer.

These benefits are not provided by white rice. Now you have a stronger reason to switch over to brown rice

Switch to Brown Rice- Healthier Option

Switch to Brown Rice- Healthier Option

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Brown rice is simply white rice that has not had the brown-colored bran covering removed. So brown rice is considered a whole grain. The difference between brown rice and white rice is not just color! A whole grain of rice has several layers. Only the outermost layer, the hull, is removed to produce what we call brown rice. This process is the least damaging to the nutritional value of the rice and avoids the unnecessary loss of nutrients that occurs with further processing. If brown rice is further milled to remove the bran and most of the germ layer, the result is a whiter rice, but also a rice that has lost many more nutrients. Since brown rice still has the bran intact, it has more fiber than white rice. Most people prefer white rice since it is fluffier and cooks faster than brown. It has three times the fiber of white rice.

Health Benefits of Brown Rice :

  • Provides all necessary carbohydrates requirements.
  • Rich in fibers.
  • Helps control blood sugar.
  • Helps control cholesterol.
  • It is a body building food.
  • Beneficial for stomach and intestinal ulcers and for diarrhea. It is easily digested starch food.
  • Because of the mineral content, it supplies important nutrient for the hair, teeth, nails, muscles and bones.

Brown rice also contains nutrients like magnesium, manganese, and zinc. White rice has reduced levels of these nutrients, but if the fortified variety is more nutritious than plain white rice.