How to Cut the Calories of Rice in Half

Find out how to easily cut 100 calories out of your rice!

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Why Cooking Rice With Coconut Oil Cuts Half the Calories (3:32)

Rice may seem like a healthier grain choice for dinner, but in reality rice contains a lot of starch that turns into sugar and fat once digested. Plus, one cup of rice is about 200 calories! The good news is that by adding coconut oil into your rice, you can cut the calorie count in half. Use these tips to make your rice a little healthier. 

Tip 1: Add Teaspoon of Coconut Oil to Rice 

Coconut oil contains healthy fats that can change the composition of the starch in rice to reduce calories. Rice is made up of both digestible and resistant starches, and coconut oil increases the resistant starch levels of rice – meaning that fewer calories will be digested. Simply add the coconut oil to the boiling water and then add in the rice. 

Tip 2: Cool and Reheat the Rice 

The process of heating up already-cooled rice makes its resistant starch increase even more to cut out at least 100 calories from your serving. After you precook your rice, let it cool in your refrigerator for about 12 hours. Then reheat it before you serve it. 

Tip 3: Add a Piece of Bread to Eliminate Burnt Taste 

If you accidentally burn the bottom of the rice, don't worry – that problem can be easily fixed! Just put a piece of white bread on top of the hot rice for 10 minutes to eliminate the burnt taste. Then, when you scoop out the rice to cool it, simply discard the burnt pieces and refrigerate normally.