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Healthy Eating: Did You Know That Chopped Cabbage Is A Healthier Substitute For Rice?

Cabbage is loved worldwide for its crispiness, slight sweetness, and long lifespan in the fridge, but did you know that it is an excellent substitute for rice? Rice is a food staple all over the world thanks to its mild taste and how it makes an excellent accompaniment for other food items. While it has a place in healthy diets, its high carb content sometimes makes it necessary to avoid it.

By Cookist

Rice and many other grain foods like wheat and oats have high carb content. According to the USDA, just one cup of cooked rice contains 37 grams of carbohydrates, making it unsuitable for people on low-carb diets.

Thus, the expert recommendation that healthier substitutes with lesser carb content and more nutritional benefits be found instead. Many have been found, but the most surprising yet may be cabbage!

Why Cabbage?


Cabbage is an excellent choice because it is super packed with nutrients and vitamins, particularly vitamins C and K, with a 75-gram serving providing 31% and 68% of the required daily intake.

Other vital benefits of cabbage include its ability to aid digestion, combat inflammation, and lower your risks of contracting certain diseases. Thanks to this cruciferous vegetable's high vitamin content, frequently eating it will boost your immunity and give your skin a radiant glow.

Besides these health benefits, cabbages add a crispy texture and their signature, mild sweetness, to whatever meal they are added to, so you are sure to enjoy every meal better!

How to Prepare Cabbage as a Substitute for Rice


When using cabbage as a substitute for rice, it is best advised that they are chopped. In three easy steps, you'll have just enough cabbages ready for a filling meal.

To prepare:

  • First, clean the cabbage thoroughly
  • Finely chop it by hand or using a food processor.
  • Cook it with a small amount of oil over medium heat until it's tender.

Tip: you don't have to cook the cabbage to enjoy it!

Other notable vegetables commonly prepared to replace rice are broccoli (riced) and cauliflower (riced). Cabbage, however, remains our favorite.

Do you know any other vegetables that can be eaten as a substitute for rice?

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