Extra rice please! That’s what I often times say whenever I eat! Hahahaha. Yes, I eat like a man so don’t be fooled that I am on a hunger strike or do some fancy schmancy diet. Like a kargador or construction worker, I eat two cups of rice (sometimes more, shucks!) especially if the food is Sinigang, Pork Binagoongang, Kare-Kare, Pritong Talong & Tilapia, Laing, Bicol Express and anything saucy & spicy! Sometimes, it has become a concern of mine as eating too much white rice can affect my health. Then I discovered there is such a thing as corn rice. Whaaat? Corn + rice? How can I resist?
I got to know RiCo Corn Rice last March 22, 2014 as they dedicated an afternoon for bloggers. RiCo actually means Rice Corn, although it would sound cool if it was named Rico because the owner’s name is Rico or named after Rico Suave, or Rico J. Puno. Heehee okay I’ll stop now.
Rice is something we Filipinos eat in each three main meals of everyday. But did you know that rice has high GI (Glycemic Index)?. GI is a way of rating the effect of food on blood sugar levels and has a system of measurement from 0 to 100. When food with high GI is consumed, it converts to glucose and can increase one’s blood sugar. People who have high blood sugar are advised by their doctors to avoid food that has high GI. Those food are refined carbohydrates such as white sugar and rice.
It’s such a treat that in this day and age we have more readily available products that can help us live a healthier lifestyle. With this, let me introduce you to Rico Corn Rice.
RiCo Corn Rice is a newly developed grain that is fibrous and starchy. It is made of 100 % natural Philippine-frown corn, is vitamin enriched, and has no artificial colouring. It is made of corn that has lower glycemic index, is naturally rich in antioxidants, beta-carotene and lutein, and has fibre that is helpful in cleansing the body. This healthy rice has no cholesterol and is fortified with B-complex vitamins and iron. Now, healthy just got yummy.
During the event, we got to taste Rico Corn Rice made into Garlic Walnut Parsley Rice.
RiCo Corn Rice has a nice fluffy texture and it doesn’t tastes far from the white rice we’re used to. So its something that I can really serve my family. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll see the video I posted of lil’ Mr. GJG enjoying his serving of RiCo Corn Rice.
Here’s an idea- RiCo Corn Rice sautéd with Corned Pork. This serves as an instant meal ha. My family and I are big when it comes to mixing rice with other food as my kids find it easier to eat whenever everything is already in one dish.
Here’s a pa-artsy shot taken by lil’ Mr. GJG while he was playing with my camera. May potential!
Cooking RiCo Corn Rice is just the same as cooking a regular white rice, the only difference is, you need to boil the water first before putting the corn rice. Nonetheless, here’s a quick look at how to cook RiCo Corn Rice.
First, boil the appropriate amount of water, depending on the number of RiCo Corn Rice cup you want to cook.
I’m happy to know that there is such a thing as healthy rice and one that my kids love. This is perfect for families who want to slowly transition to healthy eating as well as to those who cannot indulge on rice because they have high blood and diabetes (like my parents and parents-in-law). Thank you so much RiCo Corn Rice for having me at your launch.
RiCo Corn Rice is available in 1 kg for Php 70, 2 kg for Php 125 and 5 kg for Php 300.
RiCo is available at the following supermarkets:
Soon to be available in all leading supermarkets
I hope they’re available at the supermarkets within my area soon as I’m really pushing for healthy food for me and my family.