I like brown rice, but I really love potatoes. I don’t know why, I just do. Not meat and potatoes. Potatoes alone. Brown rice for me, is sort of nutty tasting and chewy. I like that. It’s hearty like it’s a man’s food. It’s better for you than white rice in that it has fiber. Fiber is an essential nutrient.
For a carb choice, I think it’s a good pick. It’s resistant starch, unlike white rice which digests faster. Replacing white rice with brown rice may reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
For my complex carbs I cook pinto beans, white potato and brown rice. I don’t really like sweet potatoes or yams, though. You might like them better. I know they are better for you, but I stick with the organic Russet potato.
I talk a lot about avoiding whole grains and especially refined grains in all forms. For example, I don’t eat wheat bread, cold cereal, oatmeal, corn tortillas, pastries, cakes and donuts. I also don’t eat whole grain wheat, corn, barley and any other grain. These are not all inclusive. There are more I don’t touch.
How I prepare brown rice
- Fill up a 4 quart pot with tap water
- Add two cups of brown rice
- Cook for about 45 minutes
- I put about a cup or two in each sandwich bag and freeze
- I take out a frozen rice and thaw it out in water when needed
- I only eat rice with beans usually at lunch
I only eat brown rice. I know they say whole grains are good, but I don’t believe it due to my own personal research. Now, I know brown rice is a grain. But, it is the only one I eat. It is a carb that makes me feel satiated and full. It’s my only exception to no grain.
It seems I naturally crave carbs, but I stay away from refined grains like wheat crackers and cookies, etc. I avoid anything made of ground grain. That’s flour, white or wheat, even corn, rice or any other ground up flour.
Rice has traces of arsenic in it. I cook it similar to pasta (which I don’t eat.) What I do is boil it in excess water and rinse it after I cook it. It will reduce the inorganic arsenic levels to about half.
From what I can tell, cooking rice this way will reduce the nutrition somewhat. So, it’s a trade off: less nutrition for less arsenic. Most people won’t go through this much trouble and not take the time to cook it this way. It’s up to you if you want to cook it in a rice cooker or not.
I probably eat about a cup of brown rice each day. I don’t pig out on it. The pinto beans I buy come in a ten pound bag that I get at Costco©. These beans you don’t have to rinse. They’ve already been cleaned.
Just keep adding water to the beans when you cook them because they soak up a lot. Extra water added makes a good sauce when you add your favorite spices. For me, beans and rice are inseparable just like ‘young love’.