How to Cook Rice to Save Carbs
Rice is a staple in many households, but if you’re trying to cut carbs, it can be a diet saboteur. However, there is a simple way that you can cook rice and cut the carb content almost in half. Here’s how you can cook your rice and cut your carbs at the same time.
All in the method
It’s not what you put in your rice that affects its carb count, it’s simply how you cook it. Most recipes call for a cup of rice to a cup and a half of water. This method of cooking rice leaves you with around sixty to sixty-five grams of carbohydrate per one-cup serving of cooked rice.
If you simply add more water to the rice before cooking it, you can reduce the number of carbs per serving drastically–almost by half. Add two-and-a-half to three cups of water to one cup of rice and you’ll get one-cup servings that have about 35 grams of carbohydrate per serving. Plus, you’ll get moister, fluffier rice that can be reheated without losing all of its moisture.
This method of cooking rice means you can safely eat rice several times per week without overindulging in carbs. As an added bonus, you can precook a large batch early in the week and reheat each serving as you need it, since it won’t dry out. This can be especially handy if you have a busy, hectic schedule.
Pair it with protein
In addition to cutting your carbs, don’t forget to pair your rice with some lean protein and plenty of fiber to help keep you feeling full for longer. Chicken and vegetables with rice make a healthy, delicious meal that will fill you up and minimize the impact of the carbs in your diet.