Healthy Alternatives: Substituting White and Brown Rice with Wild Rice

Posted: April 13, 2016

If you are looking for ways to make your life healthier, a great place to start is by taking a look at what you are eating. If you are a rice lover but know it’s not the best for you, try switching white (and even brown) rice for wild rice. You may be skeptical, thinking that it takes forever to make wild rice and you don’t have time. In reality, there are a ton of recipe options that use wild rice and don’t take a huge commitment to make, and crock-pot meals can make it even easier.

When switching to wild rice, you aren’t just cutting the extra carbs out from wild rice, you are adding a nutty and rich flavor that enhances a recipe. And wild rice isn’t just for soup. In fact, there are tons of salads, wraps, breakfast and pasta dishes—even burgers made with wild rice. (Hint: check out our Pinterest page for inspiration!)

So, what are the health benefits of wild rice?

  • Completely gluten-free
  • No sodium, so it’s good for your heart and blood pressure
  • Twice as much protein as brown rice
  • Rich in antioxidants (30 times more than white rice) which protect you from disease
  • High fiber content
  • Lower in calories than other types of rice

All Canoe Wild Rice products are fat-free, cholesterol-free, and gluten-free. Wild rice is also a great source of vitamins and minerals. To see our products, check out our shop. Happy eating!