From tagines and tabbouleh to curries and burritos, rice is a natural accompaniment to hundreds of dishes – many of which are deeply ingrained in food cultures across the globe.
In fact it’s estimated that 78 percent of the world's population are rice eaters with a staggering 3.5 billion people obtaining a significant part of their daily calorie allowance with rice!
It’s fair to say that rice is a versatile and cost-effective food. But it doesn’t always present the healthiest option. And when you look at the rising health issues occurring across the globe – obesity, diabetes and disease – it’s clear to see why there is a need for alternatives to rice that provide our bodies with better nutrition.
Rice is a high glycaemic index food. This means it’s very quick to increase blood glucose levels which, when paired with the wrong foods (and eaten too often), can lead to an increased risk of diabetes. On the flip side, eating low glycaemic foods – including cruciferous vegetables like cauliflower rice - can curb blood sugar spikes, help control weight and lower the risk of diabetes.
Riced cauliflower is an excellent low-carb, low-calorie alternative to rice. Not only does it have a mild flavor, but it’s also incredibly versatile, satiating and delicious with some big nutritional benefits.
But the biggest win of all perhaps is that the texture and appearance is similar to cooked rice, with only a fraction of the calories and carbs. This makes it a popular choice for people wanting to lose or maintain weight, as well as those following a low carb diet.
Benefits at a glance:-
- More dietary fiber
- Naturally lower in carbs (up to 89% per serving)
- Lower in calories (just 40 kcals per 200g serving)
- More riboflavin and Vitamin B6
- More Vitamin C and Potassium
In addition to the above benefits, Cauliflower provides antioxidants and phytonutrients that can protect against cancer. It also contains fiber to enhance weight loss and digestion, choline that is essential for learning and memory, and many other important nutrients.
At Fullgreen we use a special process to cook our Cauliflower Rice – giving our pouches a longer shelf life that can sit happily in your pantry for up to 12 months. Quick and easy to prep (we’re talking two minutes folks!), it comes with a soft, grain-like texture that works beautifully with all of your favorite dishes.
5 Recipes to try at home:
Whether you’re a cauli convert or simply trying to eat less rice, here are 5 recipes that are traditionally made with white rice that have been re-imagined with Fullgreen Riced Cauliflower. They’re also happily packed with veg – bringing lots of added vitamins and fiber to your daily plates.
Cherry Tomato Curry:
Veggie Chilli Con Carne:
Cheesy Cauli Rice:
Riced Cauliflower Nori Rolls:
Pea & Prawn Cauliflower Risotto: