BROWN RICE! From the ABC's of Kids Fit Kitchen

Brown Rice

Recipe for Brown Rice and Lentil "meatballs" comes from our friends at Martha Stuart https://www.google.com/amp/www.marthastewart.com/1120262/vegan-meatballs%3Famp?client=safari 

I usually write Fun Facts for Kids and Fun Facts for Grown-ups separately to learn about why ingredients are healthy, but not this time.  Researching through the facts of health benefits of brown rice, I found that they relate to both kids and grown-ups! 

Fun Facts for Kids & Grown-ups:

Type 2 diabetes used to only be a concern for adults but is now unfortunately becoming common in children.  Risk for developing type 2 diabetes can go down by over 30% just by switching out white rice with a whole grain option like brown rice!

Did you know that brown rice is in fact white rice??!! Whaaaaaaaat??  White rice is brown rice stripped away from its outer coating and therefor stripped away from almost all nutrients and protein.  This is why you see 'enriched' on the processed white rice labels.  Companies have to add back in synthetic vitamins, minerals and proteins so that white rice actually has a nutrient profile.  Who wants to just eat the REAL nutrients in brown rice and skip the chemicals added back in white rice?  Meeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!

Brown rice has over 85% your daily value of manganese which helps you utilize fats, this is great news for both kid and grown-up bellies!

Brown rice has lots of fiber which helps you feel fuller longer so kids and grown-ups can play 64182718746 games of hide and seek, 938493874932 games of chase me and 77238462934 floor puzzles before needing a snack!  You're welcome.  

So before all you grown-ups black out with the thought that now you have to stand over a stove for 90 minutes waiting for brown rice to cook, have no fear! Quick cooking brown rice has been through many third party blind tests and, hooray!, the fast cooking versions have the same nutrient profiles!  Now you can have your healthy whole grains AND have time to play!

Make a big pot of brown rice to have on hand for the week and add it to literally any meal!  Make fun rice balls for the kids and pack in their lunches!  You can be super creative here and mix in ingredients or make a little well and even make an almond butter and non high fructose corn syrup jam ball for extreme high powdered energy!  

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Feel free to share your creativity and compassionate brown rice recipe ideas :) 

Enjoy friends!