Beans and Rice

Did you know that when eaten together, beans and rice make a complete protein?

Yep, it’s true Smile  My mom always told me this growing up when we would eat beans and rice for dinner, but I never knew why until this semester at school.


To put it super simply: To be considered a complete protein the food requires all of the essential amino acids. Beans and rice are each missing one or two, but together they have all of them.

Beans contain lysine – the amino acid that’s lacking in rice. Rice contains methionine and tryptophan – the aa that’s missing in beans. Together you’ve got all your bases covered! (Eggs, milk, meat, fish and poultry have them all.)

I find this super interesting since I love both of these foods!


My afternoon snack felt like dessert. LOVE this! I also had a lot of pistachios and peanuts that I randomly found in the kitchen. At least the shells slowed me down.


I made an individual pumpkin dessert after dinner, but it’s not too photogenic so I’ll spare ya this time.


  1. says

    My coworker and I were talking about complete proteins tonight at work. She said that soybeans are a complete protein (which I didn’t know). I did know about beans & rice, and eggs though. PS: congrats on your PR! You are crazy for going out drinking 2 nights before a big race. Crazy in a good way!

  2. says

    Interesting fact about rice and beans – thanks for sharing. I made that dish for my family last night. It’s one of the few vegetarian options they really like.

  3. says

    I DID know that! And now I feel like I need to eat beans every time I have rice! But I’ve also heard that you don’t need to pair together necessarily…throughout the day the foods we eat will make complete proteins.

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