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5 Healthy Rice Recipes

By Brandi Goodman 

September is National Rice Month. It encourages people to consume more rice and gain all the benefits the grain has to offer. Not all forms are created equal, however, with some versions better for your health than others. Try these five healthy rice recipes for a boost in nutrition.

Vegetable Fried Rice

Chicken fried rice is a commonly heard of food. Skip the chicken and use vegetables and eggs for a meat-free meal. Brown rice is the way to go since it is more nutritious than white rice. Combine it with broccoli, diced carrots, peas, corn, and carrots for a dish packed with vitamins. 

Spinach Rice

Spinach offers a great source of fiber, protein, folic acid, Vitamin A, and more. Add spinach to your rice for a tasty yet nutritious meal. Add in some chopped onion for additional flavor and nourishment. Some parsley flakes, olive oil, and pepper will also help to boost the flavor in this dish.

Cranberry Wild Rice Pilaf

Prepare for the holidays with a cranberry wild rice pilaf recipe. The cranberry adds that beautiful red color perfect for a fall harvest feast or winter celebration. Wild rice, currants, toasted almonds, and cranberries make up the majority of the dish. It requires some non-salted butter, low-sodium chicken broth, and pearl barley as well. 

Brown Rice Salad With Grilled Chicken

You don't have to use rice as the basis for a dish. Add it to a salad for a powerhouse meal that is sure to boost your health. Spinach leaves and lettuce should start your bowl topped with rice, onions, sweet peppers, chopped apples, pecans, parsley, lemon juice, canola oil, and chicken. It's a colorful dish that provides it all.

Cumin Rice With Avocado

If you're looking for something to liven up your taste buds then a cumin rice with avocado is just the thing. Use onion, ground cumin, and picante sauce to spice up the dish. Long grain rice and avocado makes up the majority of the meal with reduced-sodium chicken bouillon cubes and unsalted butter also in the mix. 

Add whole grain rice to your diet to gain more fiber and better nutrients. White rice isn't as nutritious, but still offers some benefits. Just be aware of the calories you're eating in any meal and find healthy recipes that make your lunch or dinner worthwhile to your body and brain. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Anderson, S.C.

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