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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Rice pairs with chia seed for nutritional impact

I’ve been a fan of chia seed for awhile now. When I worked for a doctor, he encouraged our patients to add it to their diets for its many purported health benefits, including its high fiber content, omega-3s and antioxidents, which may help control blood glucose levels, and aid in weight management, digestive, and heart health.

Dr. Oz had a show where he had volunteers that were looking to lose weight switch out their evening snack for a tablespoon of chia seed stirred into a tall glass of water. Drink it quickly, since it turns gelatinous and filling when mixed with water. I tried it a few times, but it’s tricky to get down fast enough. ...

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I’ve been a fan of chia seed for awhile now. When I worked for a doctor, he encouraged our patients to add it to their diets for its many purported health benefits, including its high fiber content, omega-3s and antioxidents, which may help control blood glucose levels, and aid in weight management, digestive, and heart health.

Dr. Oz had a show where he had volunteers that were looking to lose weight switch out their evening snack for a tablespoon of chia seed stirred into a tall glass of water. Drink it quickly, since it turns gelatinous and filling when mixed with water. I tried it a few times, but it’s tricky to get down fast enough.

Fortunately, there’s a much easier way to incorporate chia seed into your family’s diet, and they probably won’t notice anything but longer satiety after eating.

RiceSelect’s new Royal Blend with Chia is a combination of Texmati brown rice – “the first basmati rice to be successfully grown in America,” according to their website – with tiny orzo pasta and even tinier black chia seed. Cooked on the stovetop for about 20 minutes, it’s a fast and easy side dish or main meal.

I like that it’s made from non-GMO, U.S.-grown seed, and that it is so filling. I ate much less of it than I would eat instant white or brown rice. Having the blend of rice, pasta and seed is also quite tasty, all on its own. I had it as my main course one night, with just a touch of coarse-ground sea salt. Then I made it with ground turkey and tomato puree for my daughter the next day. She didn’t miss her instant white rice, and I was pleased that she was getting a more nutritious starch in her meal.

It could also substitute for potatoes or pasta, with no problem.

RiceSelect’s Royal Blend with Chia is available at major retailers nationwide for a suggested retail of $7.99 per 30.7 oz. jar, and online at www.riceselect.com, where you’ll find their other products, many recipes (hopefully their coupon tab is up and running soon!) and more.

Kathleen Palmer can be reached at 594-6403 or kpalmer@nashua
telegraph.com. Also, follow her on Twitter (@Telegraph_KathP or
@NHFoodandFun).