A Smart Choice!
There are lots of reasons why brown rice is finding its way onto more and more school lunch
menus. Brown rice has a sweet, nutty flavor that makes it a perfect addition to your recipes,
and it rates an “A” in nutritional value. When you serve your students brown rice, you’re setting them on
the path to a healthier diet.
Is brown rice a whole grain?
Yes, it is a 100% whole-grain food.
Just what is brown rice?
i Did you know?
Brown rice can be substituted
into most white rice recipes – try
Brown rice is the least processed form of rice. it in pilaf, wraps, and stir-fry!
It contains the nutrient-dense bran and inner
germ layers as well as the starchy endosperm.
Its bran coating gives brown rice its light tan
color, nut-like flavor and hearty texture.
What are the nutrition benefits of
Brown rice is not only delicious; it’s very nutritious as well. It has only
108 calories per 1/2 cup of cooked rice. It’s low in fat, has no sodium,
Tip: If students aren’t used to
only trace amounts of fat and no trans fat. Brown rice is a complex eating brown rice, a nice way
carbohydrate that provides 15 essential nutrients, including B-vitamins, to introduce it is a 50:50 mix
of white and brown rice.
niacin and potassium. It’s a good source of dietary fiber, antioxidants
and phytonutrients that provide protective health benefits.
a Where does brown rice fit in the 2005 Dietary Guidelines and MyPyramid?
The Dietary Guidelines recommend 3 servings of whole grains daily. Each 1/2 cup of brown
rice equals one of those three servings, so it’s a great addition to your daily meals.
What’s the best way to store brown rice?
Because brown rice contains the healthy natural oils of the germ, it does
have a shorter shelf life than enriched white rice. You can store uncooked
brown rice at room temperature up to six months. For longer shelf life,
you should refrigerate or freeze it.
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Can it be prepared ahead of time? Are there different varieties of brown rice?
Cooking brown rice ahead of time will give you a “jump You’ll find brown rice varieties that will fit all your recipe
start” to your meals. Cover cooked brown rice tightly needs. It’s available in long, medium and short grain
and refrigerate it for up to 1 week or freeze it for up to varieties as well as parboiled.
6 months. To reheat, add a small amount of water to
cooked rice. You can easily bring rice up to temperature Is brown rice available through the
in the microwave, stovetop, steamtable or oven. commodity ordering system?
Brown rice takes a long time to cook.
Is quick-cooking brown rice available?
Yes; handy quick-cooking brown rice takes about
B It is, but if you don’t find it on your commodity ordering
sheet, you may have to make a special request for it
through your state agency. In the USDA system, use
code B545 Rice B 25 to order a 25-pound bag of
15 minutes to prepare, and has all the whole-grain brown rice. When commodity rice is not available, ask
goodness of regular brown rice. You may also soak your foodservice distributor for the types and forms that
regular brown rice overnight; that will cut the cooking work best in your recipes.
time nearly in half. However, be sure to cook the rice
in its soaking liquid to retain its nutrients.
Where can I find recipes for brown rice?
At the USA Rice Federation website, www.usarice.com/foodservice, you'll find hundreds of recipes, including
recipes using healthful, nutritious brown rice – all in foodservice quantity and many in quantities for school usage.
While you're there, check out our unique "Kid-Tested Recipes." These are recipes that have been tested by
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