The Trick to the Healthiest "Rice" You Will Ever Eat
As a traditional Japanese household, we love white rice and eat it with at least one meal during the day. Whether it’s with a couple over-easy eggs for breakfast, a side with my afternoon miso soup, or topped with vegetables for dinner, white rice is a staple in our kitchen.
But of all the available grains, white rice isn’t the most nutritious. Although removing the husk, bran, and germ during the milling and polishing process means white rice tastes better and lasts practically forever when stored, these processes also remove MAJOR beneficial nutrients. Often times these nutrients are added to enriched white rice, but it’s just not enough.
So, what's an alternative for rice or an addition that will help you transform your meals into something healthy?
By adding one pack of Mochi barley to 1/2 cup of long grain white rice, you go from 6.5 grams of protein to 13.5 g, a 52% increase! Think that’s amazing? Well total dietary fiber goes from 1 gram to 8! And you’re adding even more benefits such as B vitamins and calcium, all while keeping fat down to less than 2 grams.
How’s this compare to other leading grains? Well for starters, a pack of Mochi barley with a half cup of white rice has more protein and fiber than half a cup of quinoa, with much less fat. The same goes for oatmeal and brown rice. In fact, brown rice has six grams less protein and more than half the amount of fiber. So much for the healthier grains.
How Does Such a Small Grain Pack Such a Punch?
But how exactly does only one packet of Mochi pack all of these nutrients into such a small serving size and add more nutrients than your typical pearled barley? By harvesting different barley varietals. Mochi's varietal tends to contain more soluble and insoluble fiber and has a much different starch composition. While regular barley’s starch consists of both Amylose and Amylopectin, Mochi’s starch is mostly Amylopectin.
What does more Amylopectin mean for you? Well, it gives our barley a better gelatinization property at lower temperatures, i.e. it can be cooked faster, and with a stickier texture when cooked making for a perfect pairing with white rice.
Simply add 120ml of water per packet of Mochi to your white rice and cook just as you would normally. It’s as easy as that to add a power punch to your favorite rice recipes. Want to try some delicious recipes from Mochi? Click the banner below and download five super-easy recipes and introduce an unexpected superfood to your family meals this week.