Coconut Rice and Pomegranate Porridge

This coconut rice and pomegranate porridge is exactly what you’ll need and crave this time of year.

By Tory Gray October 18, 2016
Posted in  Nutrition Recipes

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pomegranateporridge recipe Strength.comThis coconut rice and pomegranate porridge is exactly what you’ll need and crave this time of year as the temperatures start to cool.  It’s an easy gluten free and dairy free recipe I whipped up recently as part of my post workout meal.  

Jasmine rice is one of my favorite starches especially pre- and post-workout. It’s as plain as they come, but it’s versatile.  No wonder it’s a staple food for many people around the world; it’s inexpensive and provides the body with what it needs to perform its best. You can pair it with virtually anything and follow my lead on this one, you won’t be disappointed. One cup of cooked jasmine rice comes in at around 200 calories and contains 44g carbohydrates, 4.2g protein, and 1.5g fat.

Not all rice is created equal. Unrefined or better known as brown jasmine rice retains the bran and germ layers, meaning that it maintains more of its nutritional value over its white counterpart.  It contains B-vitamins, phosphorus for bone and dental health, and magnesium, which is needed for proper functioning of your muscles.  However, since white jasmine rice temporarily raises insulin and blood sugar levels, it makes a great carbohydrate to consume before or after a workout since it’s easy to digest, provides quick energy, and is easily stored as glycogen.

Now let’s add another ancient and sacred food into the mix — the pomegranate. It’s been around for centuries, but didn’t get widespread public recognition for its health benefits until recent years.  The superfood is high in potassium and vitamin C, low in calories, and a great source of fiber (1 cup gives you a whopping 7.5g)!  Pomegranates also contain polyphenols, which are micronutrients with potent antioxidant characteristics.  Polyphenols are responsible for giving fruits and vegetables their vibrant colors, flavors, and aromas.  In our bodies, polyphenols have a variety of protective properties, including: reducing free radical damage, supporting healthy brain function, reducing inflammation, immune boosting support, promoting normal blood pressure and blood sugar levels, and studies suggest that they also prevent various types of cancers.  Pomegranates may be a pain to deseed, but trust me, you’ll enjoy the fruits of your labor, quite literally. Plus, you’re in luck–they’re in season!

When you’re looking for some clean sources of fuel for your tired muscles, look no further than this nourishing and nutritionally dense bowl of porridge.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup jasmine rice (~3 cups cooked)
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • Dash of salt
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk or coconut cream
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup, honey, or agave (the choice is yours)
  • Cinnamon (to taste)
  • 1 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 3 tbsp shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1/4 cup chopped nuts (your choice: almonds, cashews, pecans, etc.)

Instructions

  1. Prepare jasmine rice according to instructions (i.e. 2 cups water for every 1 cup of rice, boil, then simmer). Add in 1 tbsp coconut oil and a dash of salt while it cooks.
  2. Once the rice is fully cooked, transfer it into a bowl. Mix in half your pomegranate seeds, cinnamon, coconut milk or cream, and maple syrup.
  3. This recipe is good hot or cold.  If you choose to eat right away, top it with the remaining pomegranate seeds, shredded coconut, and nuts. Depending on the consistency and flavor you want for your porridge, you may want to add more coconut milk and cinnamon. Spoon into bowls when ready to eat.  Recipe makes 3 servings (~3/4 cup each).
  4. Feel free to add more ingredients like chia seeds, dates, figs, nut butter, granola, or banana!  Go nuts!

You can find the original recipe and source of our inspiration here.

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