Coconut Rice and Pomegranate Porridge! Healthy white carbs do exist! This gluten free and dairy free breakfast porridge makes for great performance fuel! A nourishing dish made with jasmine rice, coconut milk or cream, cinnamon, maple syrup, nuts, and cinnamon. The perfect combo of nutrient dense foods.
I’m seeing a trend here. Monday’s seem to bring about the need for a reboot and energy to get the the week. And I’m beginning to think I may need to rethink our weekend plans once Friday rolls around. That being said, I’m still going to keep this trend (theme) going. In fact, I’m going to keep it going ALL WEEK. Maybe then we’ll get it right and take a RESTFUL weekend. Hold me accountable, ok?
But back to this topic of fuel. You know I love making good fuel, gluten free of course. I’ve actually had a lot of people ask me for more easy gluten free recipes for their training, for their active kids, for traveling, etc. Hence why I am choosing to make this week gluten free FUEL week. One recipe will a breakfast (this one), one will be a drink (natural electrolytes), and one will be a snack or something portable. Sound good?
First up, Coconut Rice and Pomegranate Porridge! See, you’re perked up already! It’s made with jasmine rice, coconut milk or cream, cinnamon, maple syrup, nuts, and cinnamon. I call this the performance carb bowl because of the super powers of my favorite gluten free carb –> jasmine rice!
I know what you are thinking. Why white rice? Why not brown? Isn’t that more nutrient dense? Well, hear me out here. The reason white rice (preferably jasmine or organic rice) is call the “PERFORMANCE” carb is because you eat it simply for the glucose. Your muscles need glucose to recover after a hard session, run, workout, and therefore help improve your performance.
You see, unlike other grains, white rice doesn’t contain any anti-nutrients. This means you can digest is easily without it causing any inflammation or digestive stress. When are able to digest food properly, you will be able to absorb more nutrients with whatever nutrient dense food you pair it with. A reason why I made this dish with vitamin C rich POMEGRANATE and anti-oxidant rich cinnamon!
BONUES note — > Did you know that pomegranate is the most powerful anti-oxidant of all fruits? And it has amazing immunity boosting effects. Just wanted to make sure you knew that, mmm ?
Okay, let’s continue the rice is nice talk.
Really! Rice is nice. Remember when I originally posted about why RICE IS a NICE recovery food? Yes, there’s more! White rice (heated then cooled) is a great resistant starch. A cheap starch that can help boost your gut flora (source). That’s a win win here folks!
Ya, I know. I talk a lot about gut health. But if you’re like me, then the gut is where you hold your stress and where you need the most TLC! Let’s face it, if you’re gut isn’t able to digest and absorb all those key nutrients, then you (we) won’t be able to properly recover from a workout, to maintain energy, or charge through the work week (mentally and physically)?
Coconut Rice and Pomegranate Porridge
- 1 cup jasmine rice (equals about 3 cups cooked)
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- dash of salt
- 1/2 cup coconut milk or cream
- 1 tbsp maple syrup (or honey)
- cinnamon (to taste)
- 1/4 cup chopped nuts
- 1 cup pomegranate seeds
- First rinse your rice. I usually let it soak for 10 minutes. Prepare rice according to instructions. Adding in 1 tbsp coconut oil and dash of salt while it cooks.
- Once the rice is cooked, transfer to a bowl. Mix in half your pomegranate seeds, cinnamon, coconut cream, and maple syrup. You can either eat right away or let it cool in fridge. Once you are ready to eat, top with the other 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds and nuts. Add more coconut milk and cinnamon if you want a thinner porridge. Spoon into bowls when ready to eat.
- Feel free to add in more nuts too! Makes about 3 servings all around 3/4 cup. Or 2 large servings.
If you want to make this for a hot breakfast, simply heat the bowl or coconut milk before pouring onto hot rice.
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Get ready to bust out the rice cooker and switch up our breakfast with this tasty porridge! I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. Well, at least I hope not! haha. Keep me posted!
p.s. if you are having a crazy Monday already, just come over for breakfast, I gotcha covered!
A bowl for you, a for me!
What’s your favorite rice dish? Do you eat it for breakfast much?
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