Active ingredients: get a protein power-up with brown rice

You don't see many carbs mentioned in superfood round-ups, but our new hero brown rice has definitely earned its place at the table. Brown rice benefits your health in lots of different ways and is really tasty served as a filling side dish – or even added to muffins.

What are the benefits of brown rice?

Brown rice is a natural source of selenium, a powerful antioxidant that neutralises free radicals to keep you looking youthful. This rice is worth adding to your diet if you're after a flat stomach too. It's really high in manganese, which helps the body to process fats and keep weight down.

Brown rice is very filling so a small portion goes a long way, and because it's high in fibre it's great for digestion and reduces bloating. The slow release energy helps to regulate your blood sugar, so you're less likely to find yourself reaching for sugary snacks at 3 o'clock. It's also a great source of amino acids, which are sometimes sold separately as brown rice protein.

What is brown rice protein?

Brown rice is a complete source of protein, with all of the amino acids that your body needs. It's totally vegan and gluten free, and is free from egg, dairy and soy. It's a great substitute for other protein powders if you have an allergy, or are simply trying to eat clean.

How can I get more brown rice protein into my diet?

Brown rice can be boiled and served as a side dish, but there are plenty of other fun ways to cook with it:

Stir fry it with black beans and roasted veggies then pack it into tupperware containers for a filling 'al desko' lunch. Cook it with almond milk for a healthy (and hearty) rice pudding. Add leftover brown rice to pancakes for some texture.

Add a scoop of brown rice protein powder to the mix when you're baking. The easiest way to get your daily dose of brown rice protein is with our +Boost Me shake. As well as brown rice protein, this tasty morning power-up is packed with other superfoods to help balance your biochemistry and improve wellness. You can drink it alone, or with our other GP Nutrition products to enhance their results.