Tip of the day: Blend 1/2 brown rice with 1/2 white rice. But first, if your kids won’t even eat white rice, then maybe you are making it wrong. Experiment with different brands. I tried several until I found one I liked, you know the kind they give you at Chinese restaurants. Sticky and yummy. Then I add a touch of butter, salt, and pepper. My kids normally love it and have several helpings.
However, I have tried and failed to add brown rice to the white rice. The brown rice seemed really gritty and hard. I decided this time to cook them separately. My white rice only takes 15 minutes to cook, whereas the brown rice takes 45 minutes!!! No wonder it was gritty and seedy. So I cooked them separately and the brown rice turned out rather nice, and pretty pale in color, so the kids actually didn’t notice a few spoonfuls mixed in with their normal white kind. It was a success, but in the future, I need to start the brown rice sooner, so they are done at the same time. And I’ll admit, I didn’t let them see me mix them together. They certainly would have held a protest.
Nutrition 101; Why brown rice? Glad you asked! The “whole grain” is a grain that has the endosperm, the bran, and the germ all still intact. The bran contains fiber and B vitamins. The germ provides antioxidants, Vitamin E, and B vitamins. During the refining process to make white flour or white rice, the germ and the bran are stripped off, leaving only the endosperm. Whole grains have a reputation of preventing chronic illness, stabilizing blood sugar (and mood), maintaining weight, and preventing constipation! Nobody needs a child that’s constipated.
That reminds me of a funny story (the constipation part). At church Sunday a little girl (4 year old) came up to me and asked if my daughter had diarrhea. Shocked I said, “who told you she had diarrhea?” She informed me my son did. Upon further questioning, he actually was telling his primary class his sister had a “diary” but he thinks the word is diarrhea. He even calls her favorite movie, “Princess diarrhea” (you know “The Princess Diaries”).