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August 4, 2011 5:01 AM
Hey all!

Now I do love rice, I have it a lot but I know its not that great for you (not saying its bad but it is full of carbs which i'm not that keen on) so was wondering if there are any alternatives to rice (white rice ideally) which is lower calories?


Thanks :)
Edited by FK1983 On August 4, 2011 5:29 AM
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August 4, 2011 5:05 AM
I think basmati rice is lower in calories and has a low GI as well
August 4, 2011 5:05 AM
Brown rice is more complex and better for you then white. You could also try quinoa which is a softer texture and full of protein.
August 4, 2011 5:09 AM
Even lower in calories, although a different texture, is chipped and chopped cauliflower. I use it in all my low carb recipes that call for rice!
August 4, 2011 5:11 AM
I don't think rice is that bad for you really... it's probably better than having e.g. potatoes all the time. The only alternatives I can think of are brown rice or cous cous.
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August 4, 2011 5:24 AM
QUOTE:

Even lower in calories, although a different texture, is chipped and chopped cauliflower. I use it in all my low carb recipes that call for rice!








really like this i might try this next time
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August 4, 2011 5:27 AM
QUOTE:

Brown rice is more complex and better for you then white. You could also try quinoa which is a softer texture and full of protein.

I know but I can't stand brown rice! yuk!
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August 4, 2011 5:32 AM
QUOTE:

Even lower in calories, although a different texture, is chipped and chopped cauliflower. I use it in all my low carb recipes that call for rice!


I'm going to have to try that. I've had mashed cauliflower (in place of mashed potatoes) before, but never thought of using it as a substitute to rice. Thank you.
August 4, 2011 6:21 AM
I often use cous cous instead of rice :)

You can also cook brown rice in some chicken stock, or some spices, to add a bit of flavour :)
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August 4, 2011 10:15 AM
QUOTE:

Even lower in calories, although a different texture, is chipped and chopped cauliflower. I use it in all my low carb recipes that call for rice!


I love this. I put cauliflower in the chopper then microwave it for 4 minutes. It's more of a couscous texture but it's a really good alternative.
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August 4, 2011 12:54 PM
I've been comparing calorie content from white rice and brown rice and there really doesn't seem much in it at all unless i'm missing something? the brown rice has lower carbs but not by a huge amount, fat is actually higher in some brown rice?

Me = confused!
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August 4, 2011 1:00 PM
I actually throw canned diced tomatoes(italian or mexican flavor) depending on the meal. Or throw rosemary and garlic in it and brown the rice in cooking spray before adding water. Makes and herbed rice. Another alternative is polenta. Really yummy. Trader Joes has a good frozen version with spinach or you can buy it at the store in the pasta section. Usually comes in a sausage type looking roll. Its yellow. Hope this helps :)
August 4, 2011 1:02 PM
I buy camargue red rice, or wild rice.
August 4, 2011 1:10 PM
Try frozen whole grain brown rice (Steamfresh or Trader Joe's brands are what I use). 1 cup is around 150 calories--that's a lot of rice!
August 4, 2011 1:57 PM
I make a lovely pearl barley chicken and mushroom risotto. Pearl barley is very low gi fills you up too.
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August 4, 2011 2:02 PM
This sounds crazy, but cauliflower rice has become popular. Here's a link:
http://lowcarbdiets.about.com/od/lowcarbsidedishes/r/caulirice.htm

I'm sure you could use a potato ricer instead of the food processor.

If you're looking for grains, stick to brown rice and just eat less of it. OR eat quinoa or whole wheat couscous. Wheat berries are delicious, too. If you have a gluten issue, then I think you can use spelt berries instead.

To bulk up the rice, using less of it but making the volume greater, I'll usually add frozen spinach to it or lots of other veggies-- greens (like kale) are GREAT for this.

Good luck! :D
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August 4, 2011 2:03 PM
Rice noodles - Pad Thai Noodles are made from rice and have zero fat. They are excellent and can be used in place of pasta or rice.
August 4, 2011 5:13 PM
QUOTE:

I've been comparing calorie content from white rice and brown rice and there really doesn't seem much in it at all unless i'm missing something? the brown rice has lower carbs but not by a huge amount, fat is actually higher in some brown rice?

Me = confused!


Not all calories are created equal. Differences would come in the form of better type of fats, or more vitamins and minerals. Or even to the way one digests in your system and interacts with the rest of your body.

Edit: This applies to any food, not just rice. Calories is not the only thing to look for.
Edited by PinkZeppelin On August 4, 2011 5:16 PM
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May 5, 2012 5:30 PM
i might try cauliflower chopped up into little pieces and i might also try cous cous and what ever else is near the rice in the supermarket and see how many calories they all have.
May 5, 2012 5:31 PM
Miracle Rice
May 5, 2012 5:35 PM
I don't know if it is lower calorie, but it has more bang for its buck... quinoa. It is complete protein, so I go to that instead of rice usually.
May 6, 2012 3:10 AM
go to your local asian store (or not so local) and get a bag of jasmine rice. They have 20 LB bags for $20 or somethin like that...1/2 cup cooked is only like 50 calories or so.
April 24, 2013 6:43 PM
I don't know if any of you've heard of this, but black rice is amazing! It has a lot of fiber and fills you up a lot faster...it's not as low cal as cauliflower, but it's delicious and super filling! And I'm a rice lover so it's a great substitute. It's also a little lower calorie than high calorie rice like jasmine. Yeppppp (:
April 24, 2013 6:44 PM
QUOTE:

Brown rice is more complex and better for you then white. You could also try quinoa which is a softer texture and full of protein.
April 24, 2013 6:46 PM
Quinoa: This seed is an ancient source of protein, which the Incas considered sacred. Delicious in pilafs, salads, or with some vegetarian chili on top, quinoa has a unique texture that feels almost like a pop in your mouth. It has roughly 14 grams of protein per 100 grams of uncooked quinoa and contains a balanced set of essential amino acids, making it a very complete protein source. Before boiling, the saponins on the grains must be removed

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