Last Updated on September 10, 2020
I think it’s entirely possible to eat white rice for breakfast and still lose weight. I would probably recommend opting for brown rice or a mix of three or four grains together. I like the combination of long-grain brown rice, black quinoa, and white basmati rice. Quinoa makes up about 20% of my mix because it can be a little overbearing.
I’ll mix the grains, put them in my little French cast iron pot, and steam it for 25 to 30 minutes. I think you will appreciate the flavors and textures of this grain combination more than just plain white rice. It looks better, tastes better, and has more nutrients to offer.
If you really want to have plain white rice for breakfast, I can’t see any particular problem with that choice. But I suggest having something else along with the rice; otherwise, it’s purely a carbohydrate breakfast. You could opt for egg or fish as the protein and some vegetables on the side. Even a few shiitake mushrooms are better than just rice on its own.
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Protein helps make sure that your blood sugar doesn’t fall flat a few hours after you eat the rice.
I remember that when I spent time in India, I was amazed at the health of people that were just eating plain bags of white rice and occasionally a handful of lentils or some tomatoes and lettuce. That was the extent of their diet, and yet they seemed to be in excellent health. They weren’t obese. They didn’t have diabetes.
Sometimes simple everyday food is all you need. You don’t have to have the whistles and bells to be in good health.
When it comes to breakfast, I prefer oats. I think oatmeal is one of the best breakfasts you can have. But if white rice works for you, then do it.