Wild Rice

I grew up in southern Wisconsin and would spend my summers in the northern part of the state. I always remember going shopping with my mom and seeing bags upon bags of wild rice. It was almost a treat to get it then and its definitely a treat now that I know how incredibly good it is nutritionally.

Wild Rice

Wild rice is gluten free, high in protein, unrefined, high in antioxidants, high in fiber, has a lower caloric index compared to other rices, and is a good source of vitamin A, C, E, zinc, and folate.

One cup of cooked wild rice has 12% of your daily fiber intake, 14% of your daily protein intake, 10% of your daily B-6 intake (helping reduce heart disease by lowering levels of homocystein, an amino in the blood), 13% of your daily magnesium intake (helps prevent high blood pressure), and has only 166 calories.

Wild rice is meatier than regular rice and holds up well to a lot of different recipes. Try replacing it from time to time in your other rice dishes and enjoy its awesome qualities!