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rice or mcd's or hot pockets? uh?


Sunday, February 03, 2013

I am curious to hear your opinion on this.

I was coming home tonight from a very long day and was seeking a comfort food. I mean I got up at 5am and got home at 11pm. I thought about getting a small hamburger and small fries from the big fast food chain. The burger has 250 calories and the fries 100 calories.

I thought about going home and heating up a ham/cheese hot pocket, they're 250 calories.

I opted instead to go home and heat up a bowl of cooked rice. Half of it was brown and half was white rice. I had a pat of butter with it, and had a dash or two of salt and pepper. A half-cup of brown rice has 117 calories. half a cup of white rice has 100 calories and a pat of butter has 36 calories. 253 calories total.

I'm trying to ween off the white stuff. As a woman with PCOS (Poly-cystic Ovary Syndrome) we are prone to insulin resistance. It's kinda like living in a constant state of pre-diabetes.

So what do you think is worse? That I came home and ate a bowl of rice or if I had eaten fast food. It's almost midnight, by the way, but I shift work and have a rolling schedule, so the time of day is slightly less important.

I will not mistake any opinions to be medical advice. I presume most spark people are not professional nutritionists. I am just wondering, from experience or just on hunch, what do you think is the better choice? I wasn't inclined to cook anything or make a salad so late but I will entertain options other than the ones I listed if you have thoughts... something ready and healthy, but what?
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SILENTDAISY 2/5/2013 12:10AM

    While looking at the calorie content is a great way to stay on course, you also want to consider your daily percentages of fat, carbohydrate and protein intake. I would have gone with the rice as well. Yes rice turns to sugar, etc. etc., but I think it's great that you were able to mix it up with half white half brown rice to add a little more nutritional value.

Veggies in the mix is an excellent choice too. broccoli is always a great addition to rice along with mushrooms, caramelized onions, julienne carrots and squash. Sometimes flavouring the rice is great too. I tend to make batches of rice and just pull it out over time and make mini "fried rice" batches. You don't have to use a lot of oil and sauteing the veggies is fairly easy. Sometimes I'll use a low sodium teriyaki marinade or just a very small amount of toasted sesame oil. Mince some fresh garlic, add some herbs such as basil, parsley, etc. I actually think onion powder is an excellent choice for flavoured rice. I find it gives a nice, rich taste so you won't have to add as much of the heavy stuff (butter, more oil, etc.) A pinch of salt and pepper and viola! Awesomeness. Bits of cooked chicken is great too if you need more protein.

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DETOURWEST 2/3/2013 12:06PM

    Thank you! I even had some cooked leftover broccoli in the fridge. That's a good idea. Wish I had thought of it last night!

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GLC2009 2/3/2013 3:54AM

    i would choose the rice. be nice if you could throw some veggies on it.

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