The Brown Rice Basics

With all the fancy wild, red and black rice options these days, it’s hard to remember why we love the humble brown rice so much. Not to mention the movement towards skipping grains altogether in favour of living like our long lost caveman ancestors. So, today I thought I’d pay homage to this tasty little grain and remind you, you and you what makes brown rice such a simple, standout option.

Unlike its processed friend, white rice, BR still has its bran layers intact, meaning that all the goodness hasn’t been stripped away. What goodness you ask? Well, brown rice contains the highest amount of B vitamins of all his grainy mates, as well as iron, vitamin E, amino acids, and linoleic acid. It’s also high in fibre, low is sodium and made up of 80% complex carbs – a good thing if you want to remain nice and full hours after eating your favourite brown rice dish.

So what does all this mean for you? I thought you’d never ask. Brown rice promotes ace digestion; it’s good for your guts, Happies. It also, rather remarkably, quenches your thirst AND, in case you needed more, it balances blood sugar and controls mood swings (great if you suffer PMS).

Here’s a big, long list…

brown rice

When looking for options, go for organic brown rice if possible or a high quality option that doesn’t have any (or many) nasty little green grains. Store it in a glass container that’s airtight and cook when needed, remembering the basic ratio of 1 cup of brown rice to 2 cups of water or stock.

Looking for some recipe inspiration? Try my Mexican Brown Rice with Egg and AvoFried Brown Rice with ‘Shrooms, Greens and Tofu; my scrumptious Brown Rice and Tofu Patties; or for something fast my 15 minute Brown Rice Sushi Rolls with Asian Salad. YUM!!!

Tell me Happies…

Do you like brown rice?
What’s your favourite brown rice recipe?


  1. Jayne · June 3, 2013

    Yum, I love brown rice! One of the things I noticed on the list was that it reduces migraines, which I occasionally suffer from. If you have any other nutrition / lifestyle tips for preventing migraines I would absolutely LOVE to hear them. Thanks Yaz! xxx

  2. I love brown rice and will be sorry to see it go when we are fully paleo, although I assume that I may cheat every so often to enjoy this – and you have given me enough excuses to eat it!

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