Plain rice for intra-workout fueling?

Is someone using plain white rice for intra-workout fueling (on the trainer)?
I guess it should work well and it seems appealing to me: natural food, relatively high GI, easy digestible, with natrium if slated, easy to prepare, cheap…
I’m wondering why it isn’t more popular. Is there any reason not to do it?

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I use rice pudding for pre, during and after workout nutrition :smiley:

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Plenty of people make rice cakes.

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People will think this is gross, but I cook basmati rice for about 8 mins until it’s absorbed almost all the water, then stir in (chicken flavour) gravy granules to give it a nice savoury flavour.

About 130g uncooked weight before hard workouts.

Quick, cheap, tasty, and carb-tastic

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Yep! Allen Lim has a whole book about it. Feed Zone Portables: A Cookbook of On-the-Go Food for Athletes (The Feed Zone Series): Thomas, Biju K., Lim, Allen, Phinney, Taylor, Johnson, Tim: 8601200920277: Amazon.com: Books

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Sounds awesome to me.

Chuck some Spam in there and my mouth is watering.

:rofl: That said, I haven’t seen SPAM in probably at least a decade. Nonetheless, I’m sure it still exists. SPAM and cockroaches will outlast us all. Now, I’m craving some SPAM and eggs over easy!

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I assume this is only for use before a workout?

I’ve still never managed to cook a good rice cake. Anyone have a good recipe that doesn’t require a myriad of specialist ingredients?

just ate some spam musubi(white rice and SPAM, wrapped in dried seaweed) 2 weeks ago on vacation.

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Yep - does the job for hard training sessions well - no fat, fibre, protein etc in there

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Yup, still in all the supermarkets in UK :slight_smile:

Here too. My wife and daughter eat it sometimes. (She grew up in the South)

What’s the problem? Not sticky enough? Just don’t have any good recipes? I can help with sticky rice and I own the Lim book too if you want something specific. Basically it’s just make sticky rice, pack it tight in a baking pan (with a spatula) and then cut two pieces and stick something in the middle (simple examples are eggs or PB).

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Yea, always just falls apart on me. What’s the key to getting it sticky enough?

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“Sticky” rice :joy:

You’re probably buying the wrong kind of rice. You want short grain rice and/or some varieties of medium grain rice. Short grain rice is starchier and thus stickier than long grain rice.

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Yes, you want medium or even short rice. Calrose rice is a great sticky rice. If you know how to make sushi rice, it’s great too (it’s basically rice vinegar, salt, and sugar). Rinse the rice before you cook it. Also, it’s nicely sticky while still warm, so it helps to it out of the rice cooker and press it into the pan (that you’re going to cut squares from) while it’s still warm.

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Jasmine rice is long grain but works fine for rice cakes too. Cook with a tad more water and not on the quick setting if you’re using a rice cooker. Throw on a little soy or maggi seasoning

Kinda nuts, but I like a bit of strong flavored olive oil.

doesn’t rice take too long to digest for intra-workouts? z2 workouts, sure, but can’t see it as fuel for a heavy threshold / vo2 session.

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yea i only use it for long rides for a change of pace from sugar. Not only is it a bit slow to digest, its not that calorie dense and requires chewing and/or water to get it down quickly. No way I’m trying to pull out a rice cake during intervals or a fast group ride

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Second plug for Andrew Lim’s Feedzone Portables. Lots of rice based stuff in there. If I am doing over unders, threshold, etc…I tend to use simpler carbs (e.g gummy worms or licorice) but Z2, pre ride, post ride I love the sticky rice ball recipes. Problem is I eat them off the bike since they are so good.

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