Brown Rice, A Healthy San Francisco Treat

Visiting San Francisco is a treat in part because it is filled with so many treats and no tricks.

Once longtime dining experience once dubbed the San Francisco treat is Rice-A-Roni. writer, Rice-A-Roni photo credit via Fervent Foodie

Rice-A-Roni is a product of PepsiCo‘s subsidiary the Quaker Oats Company. It is a pilaf-like boxed food mix that consists of rice, vermicelli pasta, and seasonings. To prepare, the rice and pasta are browned in butter, then water and seasonings are added and simmered until absorbed.

In 1895, Italian-born immigrant Domenico (“Charlie”) DeDomenico moved to California, where he set up a fresh produce store. A successful businessman, he married Maria Ferrigno from Salerno, Italy. Back home, her family owned a pasta factory, so in 1912 she persuaded him to set up a similar business in the Mission District of San Francisco. The enterprise became known as Gragnano Products, Inc. It delivered pasta to Italian stores and restaurants in the area.

We love Rice-A-Roni.

Recommendations are essential if you want to influence others to follow the pathways that you suggest.

Demonstrating that their neighbor, congregation member or relative has tried your product and loved it can be just the added factor that you need to get the prospective client to nod in the affirmative.

If only eating tasty but questionable fun foods could truly be good for you, what a wonderful world this would be.

Unfortunately they are not but influencing people to consume foods that are a little less tasty but extremely healthy can be a little more challenging.

Sometimes you need a recommendation.

We hear that whole grains and especially brown rice can be very good for us.

We have just the right girl to recommend brown rice to us since she loves to eat it herself and look at the results.

Please meet Dominique Davila. writer, photo via Shapefit

Here is the inside scoop on her profile found at “I am currently a sophomore at Texas State University with a major in Physical Therapy. I am also in the process of becoming a certified personal trainer. I am somewhat new to the fitness industry but I have always been an athlete. I went to a junior college playing both volleyball and basketball and the experience was phenomenal, but of course I ended up transferring to better my education. Though I am considering trying out for the basketball team at Texas State. I am undergoing training at the moment to compete in my first NPC competition next year and I am so anxious!”

Time to consume some of her videos.

Great photos of her when she was intensely competing.

NPC Bikini Dominique Davila at the Phil Heath Pro/AM

Very enlightening and sexy.

Is this what brown rice does for you? writer, photo credit

Well, it certainly is great for you. We need some recommendations from those in the health and fitness industry.

The educational site informs, “Diet experts have many recommendations on the best foods that can help you lose weight. One of them is brown rice. Brown rice has many nutritional benefits that go beyond facilitating weight loss. While most people avoid rice in their diet because of the large amount of calories it contains, many people are also discovering that they can still eat this carbo food in the form of brown rice. Here are five facts you need to know about brown rice and how it can help you lose weight.”

We are thinking about nodding our heads.

We are about to be influenced by They enlighten, “Brown rice’s health benefits are partially due to the way it is prepared, according to the George Mateljan Foundation for the World’s Healthiest Foods, which promotes the benefits of healthy eating. White rice was once brown rice, but the hull and bran around the kernel are removed to make it white. With brown rice, only the hull of the rice kernel is removed during preparation. This leaves most of the rice kernel’s nutrition value intact. Brown rice can be turned into white rice by removing and polishing more of the kernel — but with that process comes a loss in nutrients.”

Regarding this brown rice idea, you know what, we are about to start nodding our heads.

How about a little more convincing. At they share, “Our food ranking system qualified brown rice as an excellent source of manganese, and a good source of selenium, phosphorus, copper, magnesium, and niacin (vitamin B3). The complete milling and polishing that converts brown rice into white rice destroys 67% of the vitamin B3, 80% of the vitamin B1, 90% of the vitamin B6, half of the manganese, half of the phosphorus, 60% of the iron, and all of the dietary fiber and essential fatty acids. By law in the United States, fully milled and polished white rice must be “enriched” with vitamins B1, B3, and iron. But the form of these nutrients when added back into the processed rice is not the same as in the original unprocessed version, and at least 11 lost nutrients are not replaced in any form even with rice “enrichment.”

Okay, we are nodding in the affirmative.

Sexy Fitness Models like Dominique can be the best recommendation there is. Adding a few industry experts is healthy icing on the cake (no sugar, made with honey).

Let’s turn our attention to a female writing who has our best interests in mind. Her name is Becki.

Becki is an avid reader who loves learning about health and nutrition. Over the years she has enjoyed studying how food and exercise affect the body, and is on a mission to share this information with others. She also enjoys writing about finance and reviewing products online.

Benefits of Whole Grain Foods, writer, Trista Chen photo credit

By Becki Andrus 

Are you looking for more information on the benefits of whole grain foods? If so, you have come to the right place. Doctors recommend that we, as individuals, eat at least three servings of whole grain foods each day. To find out why whole grains are so important to our diet, continue reading this article. Throughout the article we will discuss what whole grains are, the benefits of a whole grain foods, what foods include whole grains, and how to include more whole grains within your diet.

What are whole grains and why do doctors recommend that we eat so many of them? A grain is considered whole when it contains all three parts – the bran, the germ, and the endosperm. They offer many of the same benefits as fruits and vegetables, containing both phytochemicals and antioxidants. They also offer a variety of B vitamins, Vitamin E, magnesium, iron, and fiber – all of which play an important role in the healthy functioning of the human body.

Because whole grain foods offer our bodies so many vital nutrients, they help to prevent a wide variety of illnesses and diseases. For example, they have been found to significantly reduce the risk of heart disease by reducing blood pressure, blood coagulation, and cholesterol levels. Eating the recommended dose of whole grain foods also helps to prevent against certain cancers and helps to regulate blood glucose for those suffering from diabetes. On top of preventing diseases and illnesses, they are also great for weight loss. Studies have shown that those who eat more whole grains weigh significantly less than those who consume less.

What foods contain whole grains and how can you include more whole grains in your diet? The most common types of whole grains are those found in wild rice, popcorn, brown rice, bulger, whole wheat, whole rye, oatmeal, barley, and whole oats. The easiest way to include more whole grains within your diet is to replace refined grain products with whole grain ones. While refined grain products do offer some health benefits, they do not offer nearly as much as whole grains. Refined grains do not include all three parts of the grain and therefore do not offer as many nutrients as whole grain products. So, instead of white bread, have a slice of whole grain bread. Instead of white rice, have some brown or wild rice. And instead of chips, have some popcorn!

When searching for whole grain foods within your grocery store, be sure to look carefully at the ingredient lists. Many food products label themselves as ‘multi-grain’, ‘100% wheat’, or ‘bran’. These labels fool many people into believing that these foods are whole grain when they actually are not. To be sure that a food is 100% whole grain, look for the word ‘whole’ on the ingredient list.

As one can see, whole grain foods offer a wide variety of health benefits. Begin learning more about the benefits of whole grains and adding whole grains to your diet today and enjoy a healthier lifestyle!

As you work to achieve healthy eating habits, you will find that you have more energy and feel better every day. It is important to create the right habits if you want long-term success! Experience immediate improvements in your eating by learning more about a healthy eating plan at my website:

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OPENING PHOTO writer, Rice-A-Roni photo credit via 10 Buck Dinners

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