Lu and I go back and forth on where we want to move next. While we used to dream of watching the surfers in Manhattan Beach, we’re leaning more towards Brooklyn now. Like teenagers, our minds change every day. I figure, while we’re young (well, he’s a bit older than me), we might as well make a for-no-reason move somewhere else.
Don’t worry, today’s blog post isn’t about where Lu and I are moving. It’s about how I secretly wish I lived on a farm and could “live off the land” and “eat the rainbow.”
I love that expression (“eat the rainbow.”) Eating Inspiralized, in essence, is eating the rainbow. You’re constantly using colorful vegetables.
Sometimes, when I’m editing my photos, I have to decrease the saturation, because the image looks fake! That’s how colorful Inspiralized eating is. Like with this one:
With color, we get nutrients – vitamins, antioxidants and minerals. What’s interesting about the food rainbow is that each color brings certain benefits. I read this article years ago and found it really informative.
Since I focus on calories and carbohydrates a lot on this blog, I figured I’d show a little blockbuster vitamin comparison with brown rice and sweet potato rice to demonstrate how the rainbow works. Remember, you can make rice out of a lot of other vegetables (ie beets, carrots, butternut squash), but I’ve been on a sweet potato kick lately.
Please don’t take this as “never eat brown rice, it’s disgusting,” because, frankly, I love brown rice and I eat it when I’m not recipe testing.
To make rice, visit SheKnows.com for my post on How to Turn Rice Into Vegetables.
Brown rice and Sweet potato rice
NOTE: 300g sweet potato yields 2 full cups of “rice.”
This information is taken from Self’s Nutritional Data Calculator.
This comparison is for 1 cup (1 serving) of each:
If your eyes didn’t pop out of your head when you saw the Vitamin A and Potassium of sweet potatoes, then check your pulse. Clearly, a cup of sweet potato rice offers immense vitamin and mineral benefits, especially in the Vitamin A and Potassium department.
Sodium content? Let’s talk about that. To counteract a high sodium level, you need to up your potassium intake. Well, 500 mg of potassium is 15% of your daily recommended value, while 82.5 mg is just 3% of your daily recommended value. Plus, naturally occurring sodium is a lot different than processed sodium (added sodium to enhance the flavor of foods).
The long and short of it? Eating sweet potato rice gives you an opportunity to pack in extra nutrients for the day. Try swapping out your brown rice for sweet potato rice next time and eat the rainbow.
Inspiralized eBook Update
This eBook is no longer for sale! To purchase Ali’s latest cookbook, click here!
Unfortunately, my eBook will no longer be available for purchase as of Saturday, March 22nd so if you haven’t purchased it yet (and have been meaning to), now’s your chance.
In light of all this, I’m offering my final eBook discount code, valid today through Friday. Enter “GOODBYE35” upon checkout to receive the discount off the $9.99 eBook.
For more information and to purchase the eBook, click here.