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    How do you get your carbs?? Or how do you make brown rice taste better??

    I do a lot of carb loading (with intentions besides riding), but I'm finding it a little more difficult than I expected. It must be easy (5 min to make or so) and fair tasting. Brown rice is perfect, but the kind I've been using is so bland I can barely eat it (which is saying a lot. I can eat almost anything). I've tried some different frozen potatoes and they're okay, but loaded with so much sodium it's ridiculous. Thanks for any tips.

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    Candy is the easiest carbs. Sugar, yum yum. Not especially healthy though, and not complex carbs. Try a different kind of rice, there are tons out there to try.
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    Herbs.. spices.. adding veggies, nuts and fruit. Since there is no definitive taste, you have limitless options to spice it up, many of which add almost no time. Adding toasted pine nuts and currants is a classic combo.

    Trader Joe's has some good frozen brown rice. They also have seasoned pasta (like garlic herb) that cooks in 2 minutes. Again, throw in some other stuff for variety.
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    Make batches of pancake mix using whole and multigrain flour, add some fruit, maybe use powdered egg white.

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    stir fry with brown rice, tuna veggie rice casserole, brown rice warm with a little honey and milk, brown rice casserole with olives, tomatoes, cheddar cheese, chicken stew over brown rice...endless possibilities...I like short grain brown rice...Lunden's seems to be the best.
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    After cooking the brown rice I mix it with vegetables. You can add garlic and onions and spices to the water as you cook it. I prefer curry. I also cook my brown rice in homemade chicken broth. I wash the brown rice first and then cook it with a little hot oil before adding the broth or water.

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    Saute a little bit of onion and garlic and mix it with the rice. Or mix in some salsa.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lawrence08648 View Post
    After cooking the brown rice I mix it with vegetables. You can add garlic and onions and spices to the water as you cook it. I prefer curry. I also cook my brown rice in homemade chicken broth. I wash the brown rice first and then cook it with a little hot oil before adding the broth or water.
    Yup, try cooking the rice in a half-broth instead of water... add some spices also. I think the best option though is to eat pasta.. within 2hrs of finishing your activity, but not immediately after. I'm not sure about this carb-loading bit, if you're already topped up then it's just going to turn into fat.

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    I heard the way to get good brown rice is with a real good Ricecooker since they have the option already so it tastes just like white rice. But I can't tell if it's true or not cause I don't even have a rice cooker to start with.

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    I love basmati rice with butter in it and a million other ways to get carbs. In our society carbs aren't exactly difficult to find, complex or otherwise.

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    Almost any steamed vegetable and sauce Mornay over the top of the brown rice. I like organic short grain. Broccoli, asparagus, cauliflower are really yummy, but only one at a time. Stir fry over is good. A rice cooker is a very good thing. But if you want to only spend 5 minutes cooking then you are shackled to industrial foods, which are pretty much all crap. Ever hear of the Slow Food movement? Eating is only the most important thing you'll do every day. You might think about giving it a little of your time.

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    Fruit: cantalopes, peaches, blue berries, apples, raspberries, bannanas. A fruit salad is great. Indulge every once in a while to break the monoteny.

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    5 minutes is not enough time to devote to long term healthy eating. But thats another curse brought on by fast food that I don't want to get caught up in again Many good ideas here, Broth is a great way to cook your rice in and make LARGE amounts, enough to last no more than 4 days or freeze it. After 4 days you will notice a major loss of flavor. As for the broth, I'm assuming you are not going to make your own, use the low sodium stuff as there is still a reasonable amount of flavor.

    Rice and left over ANYTHING works as well. Again the large amount saved for a few days can be added to any portion of left overs and made into a stir fry, omelet, skillet fry, you name it.
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    I am addicted to oatmeal at the moment. Not the crappy packet stuff. Regular oats boiled.
    I have tried a few others like steel cut oats but I keep coming back to regular oats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DataJunkie View Post
    I am addicted to oatmeal at the moment. Not the crappy packet stuff. Regular oats boiled.
    I have tried a few others like steel cut oats but I keep coming back to regular oats.
    Yeah, I rotate between old school rolled oats + Peanut butter + Banana, and Kashi Go-Lean cereal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by petalpower View Post
    Yeah, I rotate between old school rolled oats + Peanut butter + Banana, and Kashi Go-Lean cereal.
    If you want, i'll sprinkle some clenbuterol on your go-lean cereal. That way your cereal will really live up to it's name and you can deny knowing about the pixie dust later if anybody asks!

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    Fresh sweet potato, microwaved.

    Will take about 8-10 minutes, but no effort.

    You can add butter or olive oil to make it less dry, but is delicious, full of vitamins and plenty of carbs.

    Stay away from the frozen meals - there are plenty of good fresh options!

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    butter makes everything taste better
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    Quote Originally Posted by corbett1010 View Post
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    I refuse to use margarine. Butter ftw!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DataJunkie View Post
    I refuse to use margarine. Butter ftw!
    Seriously, whats up with margarine? Why?

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