Some of us just want to eat rice again! Wait, what?
Yeah. Rice. I miss it. I cut it out of my diet almost entirely except for as a rare treat now and then – and only in the long-grain wild form (which takes forever to cook!). Or, occasionally, a sushi roll or two. But then I found a study. A study that showed a way to cut the starch absorption from rice in half.
Cutting out the starch absorption is the name of the game when re-introducing rice to your diet. Starch is so easy for your body to convert into sugar, causing your blood sugar to spike and causing you to crash and crave more after you’ve just eaten a bunch. Totally problematic.
So what do you do to fix it?
You cook it in coconut oil!
How cool is that? The way it works is coconut oil enters the starch granules during the cooking process, which makes the sugar resistant to the digestive enzymes, so it won’t break down and be digested. Then you leave it in the fridge for 12 hours, which turns the rice sugar into a resistant starch. Reheating the rice does not affect its RS levels.
How Do You Do it?
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Drop a teaspoon of virgin coconut oil into boiling water. Then stir in your rice and cook it for how long that kind of rice needs. Then tuck it away for 12 hours. And while this takes a long time, it’s great to use to indulge in sushi or even a healthy version of fried rice.
This is a great method to get your rice cravings fixed. But it can also help you lose weight.
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A Great Way to Lose Weight
I’ve found a great way to lose weight with a really easy recipe. It’s called rice and peas in the tropical islands it comes from, but it actually uses kidney beans.
This recipe is full of flavor, fiber, and is totally filling. And it’s all because of the ingredient secretly incredible kidney bean! Kidney beans are a very good source of cholesterol-lowering fiber. Their high fiber content also prevents blood sugar levels from rising too rapidly after a meal, making these beans an especially good choice for individuals with diabetes, insulin resistance or hypoglycemia. And when combined with whole grains such as rice, kidney beans provide (almost) fat-free, high-quality protein. Kidney beans have also been linked to lowering your chances of heart attack.
The coconut milk is going to add a fullness and a creamy taste that will keep you feeling full. Loaded with fiber, B vitamins and healthy minerals, you can feel great about adding coconut milk to your diet.
- 1 can Kidney beans, rinsed and drained
- 2 cloves Garlic, minced
- 1 cup Coconut milk
- 1 Bay leaf
- 1 teaspoon Jerk or Cajun seasoning
- 1 cup Rice, long-grain
- 1 cup Chicken stock
- 1/4 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt or sea salt
- 1 teaspoon Virgin Coconut Oil
- Gather your ingredients and an oven-safe pot with a lid (a dutch oven is awesome for this).
- Pour in coconut milk, coconut oil, garlic, bay leaves, and jerk or Cajun seasoning. Bring to a simmer over medium heat.
- Add rice, chicken stock, and salt.
- Cover and bring to a boil and then simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, until rice has absorbed all the liquid.
- Fold in beans.
- Remove bay leaf.
- Add more protein if that what you want!
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