RightRice Is a New Low-Carb Side Made From Vegetables
Go ahead and put Taco Tuesdays back on the calendar. RightRice, the new vegetable-based “rice” sold exclusively at Amazon and Whole Foods, might seriously change the way you think about burrito bowls, stir fries, and sides.
The new line comes in four flavors — original, lemon pepper, Spanish, and garlic herb — and includes ingredients like lentils, chickpeas, and green peas for almost 40% less net carbs than traditional white rice. RightRice also claims to provide twice as much protein and five times as much fiber — a serious pro considering most American adults don’t get nearly enough.
“This is a great product!” says Jaclyn London, MS, RD, CDN, Nutrition Director at the Good Housekeeping Institute. “Plant-based protein from pulses, including beans, lentils, chickpeas, and peas, are an amazing source of antioxidants, protein, and fiber, not to mention key minerals that help to with blood pressure regulation.”
The shelf-stable grains also cook faster than traditional rice — about 10 minutes in boiling water. A pack of three, 7-ounce bags costs $12, so it’s a little more expensive but pretty affordable if you’re aiming to make a healthier swap.
To get your family used to the change, London recommends going slow and adding the bean-based “rice” in increments to your usual dishes. “For example, if you’re using 1 cup of rice, add 2/3 cup regular rice and 1/3 RightRice, and keep going up from there every time you make the recipe,” she says. “It’s a great way to keep you fuller, longer, and can help you reduce the amount of animal protein you use weekly since you’ll get all the protein you need from pulses.”
If you’re shopping at Whole Foods, also keep an eye out for Banza Chickpea Rice, another lower-cal, higher-fiber option. The brand behind the popular pulse-based pastas just launched its own take on the healthy rice trend last month, and the orzo-like grains taste pretty dang good in my opinion and take a similarly short time to cook.
Fingers crossed these new healthy rices hit more shelves soon, but until then you can order RightRice on Amazon or find it in Whole Foods stores.