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Rice and Potatoes: Staples of the Kitchen

By Brandi Goodman 

Certain staples tend to be in the kitchen often. You purchase these items regularly and keep your pantries stocked so you have easy options for meals. Rice and potatoes top this list. These are two common staples people tend to keep and they are also incredibly beneficial. Both National Rice Month and National Potato Month get celebrated in September, and for good reason. There are many health advantages these foods provide.

Health Advantages of Rice

Whole grain rice is the kind you should be eating. Brown rice falls under this category. This staple offers lots of fiber that can work to lower cholesterol, improve digestion, and keep you feeling full longer. Brown rice on your daily menu helps you keep a balanced diet.

Rice Recipes

You can enjoy your rice plain if you desire, but many rice recipes exist that give you different flavors to enjoy. Festive turkey rice salad is one option. Brown rice, cranberries, turkey, ginger, honey, olive oil, lime juice, green onions, and rice vinegar all come together to create this concoction. 

A tuna stir-fry is another choice. Start with a bed of rice and add your stir-fry mixture to it. Low-sodium albacore tuna is a great choice of fish to use. Add onion, garlic, low-sodium soy sauce, lemon juice, honey, and stir-fry vegetables for a satisfying meal. 

Health Advantages of Potatoes

Fiber is found in potatoes. You'll get nearly 4 grams from a single baked potato. You'll also get 4 grams of protein. Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, potassium, and manganese are just some of the additional nutrients the vegetable provides. It's best to leave the skin on your potato so you get all of its nutritional value. Removing the skin eliminates some of it. 

Potato Recipes

Potatoes can be made several ways. Cut them up and fry them in olive oil for a healthier version of french fries, bake them whole in the oven, dice them up for a breakfast side, or cook them into another dish. Green beans and red potatoes is one side dish option that offers lots of nutrients. Mix in some margarine, pepper, paprika, and parsley for seasoning.

Keep these kitchen staples in your cupboards and you'll have access to the many nutritional benefits they bring. Rice and potatoes are both great additions to your menu with plenty of fiber that can help to keep you full and satisfied. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Noblesville, Ind.

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