The Feed Zone Cookbook Test Kitchen #45: Rice Smoothie
The rice smoothie is one of the few recipes in The Feed Zone Cookbook that didn’t work for me the first time I tried it and I blame my rice. I had some white rice left over in the fridge, and I thought a recovery smoothie would be a great way to use it up. Wrong! Stick to the recipe — use sticky rice.
The taste of the smoothie was great; sweet, salty, refreshing, a little hearty. It was the consistency of the smoothie that was startling. Using normal white rice is going to lead you to an unsmoothie. In other words, you’ll be chewing the rice a bit before you can put it down the hatch. Another reader recommended soaking the rice in milk for a few minutes before blending it, which definitely helped when I tried the recipe again.
I’m not sure I’ll make this recipe a regular post-workout drink, even though I know that the high glycemic index of rice makes it ideal for recharging the muscles. I’ll probably save this drink for peak training periods and after the hardest workouts.
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In the kitchen: The “recipes” I rely on have just a few ingredients and take under 15 minutes to prepare. My wife has told me many times that she expects to come home some night to find that I’ve turned into a bowl of pasta. I consider myself a breakfast specialist; if it’s got eggs, I can cook it.
How I fuel: I too often put off lunch and run or ride on an empty stomach over lunch; I’m no stranger to bonking.