I’ve decided to give up the white stuff . . . you know, white flour, processed sugar, white rice, white potatoes, white pasta + other processed carbs.
I like rice. So, giving up white Jasmine + Basmati rice got me down; I’m not really a fan of brown or wild rice :(. I don’t eat a lot of rice but I do enjoy it. Especially my homemade sweet coconut rice; not to mention the rice I get with Chinese food, which is soooo good.
I was researching rice to see if there was something other than the popular rice, when low + behold, I came across black rice . . . say what? Yep, black rice! Also, known as Forbidden rice, black rice, despite being less popular than brown rice or wild rice, is an ancient grain that has even more impressive health benefits than most other closely related rice varieties.
Per Dr. Axe, Forbidden rice is the richest in powerful disease-fighting antioxidants, it also contains dietary fiber, anti-inflammatory properties + is said to have the ability to help stop the development of diabetes, cancer, heart disease + even weight gain.
One serving of black or forbidden rice contains only around 160 calories, but offers a very high number of flavonoid phyto-nutrients, a good source of important fiber, substantial mineral content including iron + copper, and even a good source of plant based protein. Just the outside hull of the grain has one of the highest levels of anthocyanin antioxidants of any food . . . no other rice contains anthocyanin! Forbidden rice is beautiful! It’s really dark almost black; however, when cooked it’s purple . . . simply gorgeous.
I wanted sushi + decided to call Giant @ Sakura Japan, 466 Central Ave, East Orange, NJ (862) 243-3267 to see if I can bring my own black rice to use on my sushi rolls. He said yes! I cooked + cooled my rice then took it to Sakura. Giant made his overstuffed spicy tuna + salmon rolls for me. Giant also gave me a recipe for making sushi rice + Japanese seaweed (more on the seaweed in a separate post).
Boy, do I have many plans for this Forbidden rice!
That’s it for now.
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