Rice milk is a vegetal drink rich in benefits. Let’s learn about its properties, nutritional values and how to enjoy it.
Rice milk is a vegetable product, perfect to replace cow’s milk in vegan diets or in case of lactose intolerance. This light and tasty drink is obtained from the maceration of rice in the water, with the addition of enzymes and thickeners.
You can buy it at the supermarket, in health food stores or online, but you can also make it at home. Let’s see how to do it and all its benefits.
Rice milk: properties, benefits and side effects
One of the advantages of rice milk is the absence of lactose, which makes it suitable for those who cannot digest it. In addition, it’s also gluten-free, therefore it is perfect for celiacs. Thanks to its simple sugars, it is easy to digest and immediately gives energy. For this reason, it is suitable for children, the elderly, athletes and convalescent people.
The absence of cholesterol and the reduced amount of saturated fats make this product perfect for people suffering from cardiovascular problems. Finally, it is an excellent alternative to soy and almond milk, for people allergic to these two products.
Unfortunately, rice milk also has some disadvantages. First of all, it is poor in calcium, proteins, vitamin D, and vitamin B12, all important nutrients cow’s milk has. In order to supply these deficiencies, it is possible to buy a milk with added vitamins and minerals. The consumption of this vegetable milk in children and during pregnancy and breastfeeding may cause serious deficiencies. Therefore, it is necessary to see a doctor to understand how to balance your diet.
Rice milk: nutritional values
The nutritional values of 100 grams of rice milk are:
- Calories 47
- Total fat 1 g
- Saturated fatty acids 0 g
- Polyunsaturated fatty acids 0.3 g
- Mono-unsaturates 0.6 g
- Trans fatty acids 0 g
- Carbohydrates 9 g
- Protein 0.3 g
- Sugars 5 g
- Cholesterol 0 mg
- Dietary fiber 0.3 g
- Sodium: 39 mg
- Vitamin D 42 IU
- Potassium: 27 mg
- Calcium 118 mg
- Iron 0.2 mg
- Vitamin A 208 IU
- Magnesium 11 mg
- Vitamin B12 0,6 mg
Homemade rice milk
Preparing rice milk at home is very simple. Mix 700 ml water with half a cup of organic rice, a teaspoon of brown sugar and a pinch of salt. Let the water boil and cook the rice for ten minutes.
Once cooked, mix the rice with a hand blender until you obtain a cream. Add just enough water to turn the cream into milk, stir well and leave to cool. Finally, add another teaspoon of sugar and, if you want to, flavors such as cinnamon or cocoa.
Rice milk: how to drink it
You can drink this product like any other type of milk, or you can add cocoa powder, cinnamon and other spices. It is excellent to add to your coffee and tea, and to replace cow’s milk in all its uses.
Rice milk: recipes
Rice milk can substitute cow’s milk in any recipe, both sweet and salty, to make it vegan. An easy and tasty recipe is the banana and chocolate smoothie. The ingredients are:
- half a cup of rice milk,
- 2 bananas,
- 1 tablespoon of brown sugar,
- 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder,
- dark chocolate flakes.
Peel the bananas, cut them into small pieces and put them in the blender. Then, add sugar, cocoa and rice milk. Blend everything until the mixture is homogeneous, pour it into a glass and decorate with chocolate flakes.
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