Updated: May 29, 2019
I don't know how many other people grew up eating rice pudding, but having an amazing mom with not the most amazing culinary repertoire, for my siblings and I, it was often.
Rice has lots of beneficial qualities for your body (from being abundant in carbohydrates, cholesterol free, preventing constipation..) but white rice with milk and sugar may not be the best thing to give your body as a complete meal. So I lovingly looked back onto this dish with excitement to create an amazing rendition that is not only absolutely delicious, but also oh-so-healthy for your body.
Start off with the right rice: go wild! Wild rice is a gluten-free, sodium-free, low calorie grass grain that is not polished or refined, so the health benefits are higher than any other rice.
Wild rice is a good source of essential minerals (such as phosphorus, zinc and folate), contains vitamins A, C and E, is very high in antioxidants, contains twice the protein content of brown rice at 24 grams per cup of uncooked rice and has a high fiber content which keeps your heart, stomach and body happy. Whew! Who wouldn't be happy hearing all that?
Raw honey is a great sweetener for this pudding, adding it's own health benefits, such as antioxidant and antimicrobial properties, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and phytonutrients, to name a few things. If you can source honey locally, the locally collected pollens in the honey help your body adjust to pollens in the air, actually aiding in decreasing seasonal allergies.
Note: To save time making meals, cook a larger batch of wild rice once a week and keep in an airtight container in the fridge.
Enjoy and have a rice day!
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