So many people tell me they do not like or eat “leftovers.” I honestly don’t get that. It is was good today, it will still be good in a day or two. But that’s not what I wanted to highlight here. There are certain foods that are actually healthier when eaten as “leftovers.”
I’m talking about grains like rice and pasta and starchy veggies like white and sweet potatoes as well as legumes.. Simply by cooking, cooling, refrigerating overnight and then gently reheating to eat the next day, more of their starch content is changed to resistant starch.
Why does this matter? Resistant starch has numerous benefits including healing leaky gut, helping to minimize bone loss, improving insulin sensitivity and helping with weight loss. You can read about all the benefits here.
This means by simply doing this, you can boost the nutritional value of foods that are already healthy (think sweet potatoes or beans) and make those that are not thought to have the same nutritional value (white potatoes, pasta) even healthier! It may take planning your meal ahead, but the benefits are sure worth it.
Are you familiar with resistant starch? How do you feel about eating leftovers?
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