8. Boil in a Bag Brown Rice
Brown rice is a clear nutritional winner: It provides fiber, B vitamins, iron, and vitamin E. A ½-cup serving also serves up one-fifth of the daily recommendation for selenium, an antioxidant that helps regulate thyroid function and benefits the immune system. Going the boil-in-bag route makes brown rice one of the quickest ways to get more whole grains in your diet. Watch out for flavored rice mixes, which are very high in sodium and flavor additives. Stick with the basic variety and add your own flavor, like in our Quick Paella or Southeast Asian Fried Rice.