Brown Rice Horchata

Hi guys! How’s your day going? Hope it’s been wonderful <3

Mine has been busy but pretty wonderful—3 training appointments, walked the puppers on the base trail, ran errands, got a facial and massage (lurve) and then back to the casa.

THE PILOT IS COMING HOME TODAY! I didn’t mention it on the blog for creeper purposes, but he’s been TDY for a week in Tampa. A week is nothin’, but I still missed his face.

Since he is craving Mexican food, and I’m going to dinner and the movies with the girls, I’m leaving him Build Your Own Mexi – Meal (BYOMM) in the fridge 🙂

There’s romaine if he wants to do the salad thang (which is doubtful, but still an option),

and homemade Tucson tortillas if he wants to go the burrito route (much more likely)




shredded rotisserie Mojo chicken


Frijoles, which I soaked last night


and now they’ll bubbling away on the stove with garlic, spices and sea salt

chips with the best jarred salsa you will ever taste 🙂

chips and salsa

aaaaaand homemade brown rice horchata.

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I think he’ll like his little feast 😀

Brown Rice Horchata

Makes 2 servings (To double the recipe, keep the amount of sea salt and vanilla the same, double everything else)

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– 1 C short grain brown rice

– 2 C water

– 1 C almond milk

– 2 t cinnamon (fresh ground tastes even better)

– pinch sea salt

– 1 t vanilla

– Stevia, to taste

1. Combine the water and rice in a blender and quickly process to chop up the rice.


2. Let stand at room temperature for 5 hours.

3. Add the cinnamon, process again to combine the cinnamon and strain the mixture into a large bowl using a fine mesh sieve.

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4. Save the rice, even if you’re not quite sure what you’re going to do with it yet (rice pudding maybe??)


5. Stir the almond milk, sea salt and vanilla into the strained rice water, and sweeten with Stevia to taste (I used 14 drops of the liquid vanilla Stevia).

6. Store in the fridge overnight for all of the flavors to settle.

7. In the morning, grab a giant glass and enjoy 😀

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While I was making the pilot’s dinner, I snacked on an eggstada with goat gouda and roasted veggies 🙂


Time to shower, go back to work for another training appointment, and then dinner + Sex and the City 2. So stoked 😀

Enjoy the rest of your day!



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  1. Heather (Heather's Dish) on May 27, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    hurray for the pilot coming home! i’m so glad you get to see your sweet hubby…and y’alls dinner options sound FABULOUS!!! 🙂

  2. Carrie on May 27, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    I might be trying your horchata recipe, I believe the recipes I have had in the past weren’t strained very well…or at all!

    And those tortillas look *heavenly*!

  3. allison @ livingoneday on May 27, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    woww thats so interesting!! i have no idea what it tastes like, but i love mexi, so i think ill be ok 🙂 do you have to use almond milk or can you use regular? and the pilot is SO LUCKY. man he’s in for a treat

  4. Krista N. on May 27, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    Long time reader, however I had to comment and say that I finally tried the Sun warrior protein and YUM!!!! I love the Vega products and I really don’t like change, but sun warrior is in a class all on its own:) Thanks for the recommendations. Have a great weekend!!!

  5. Karen W. on May 27, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    Is the rice cooked or raw?


    • Fitnessista on May 27, 2010 at 4:43 pm


  6. Lindsey @ Foodie on the Rocks on May 27, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    I love that salsa! Salsa’s one of those things that escapes me – I cannot make it at home like I like it and then I discovered that stuff! Can’t wait to try the horchata recipe 😀

  7. Catherine on May 27, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    Oooh BYOMM are huuge in my casa! We also have Build Your Own Turkish Meals… cacik (like tzatziki), ezme (mixed, minced veggie), mashed eggplants, garlicy spinach, kalamata olives, dolmades, etc with puffy bread for scooping for the fiance and lettuce and all the fixing to combine everything into a monster salad for me.

    I love meals that have tons of different parts and can be combined however you like. It makes cooking for two (one meat eater and one non) muuuch easier! Yay for the pilot coming home!! I don’t know how you do it girlie… I get so bummed when the fiance goes away on business, but you keep yourself busy and upbeat the whole time. Cheers to you!

  8. Naomi (onefitfoodie) on May 27, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    mmm salsa! loooove it that meal looks deeeelicious, he will surely be quite happy to see you AND eat deliciosu fitnessista food!!

    never heard of horchata but sounds so interesting!

    did you see me Q about what sneaks you wear for INSANITY?? I was just wondering bc my feet are hurting (been wearing running sneaks) but just got a pair of cross trainers…thanks!

  9. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on May 27, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    I want the horchata sooooo badly. It looks so yummy.

  10. Retta @ RunRettaRun on May 27, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    Yay for your hubby coming home! Can I ask what a “creeper” is?? 🙂

  11. Ellen on May 27, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    Facials, massages, homemade tortillas?! Sounds like an IDEAL day! So jeals 🙂

  12. Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter on May 27, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    Yayy for the hubby coming home! I’ve never tried Horchata but I think I now have to since 1. I have the recipe by you 2. I have all the ingredients!

    You’re so awesome Gina. I love your recipes 🙂

  13. Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) on May 27, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    That’s a spectacular feast! 🙂


  14. Ilana on May 27, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    You are so cute. You’re definitely a model for me for when I start to cohabitate.

  15. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on May 27, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    Yayy for the pilot coming back! I’m sure he’ll appreciate the BYOMM you left him. It looks supah tasty! 🙂

  16. Cassie @ A Very Busy Mind on May 27, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    mmm I want the pilot’s meal (salad version). YAY for him returning! Bet you’re stoked.

  17. Brittany on May 27, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    I’ve made brown rice milk before, but your horchata recipes sounds even more delicious. It would probably work great in smoothies!

    Glad to know the pilots back – I’m sure he’s going to love the Mexican feast you prepared.

  18. gigi on May 27, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    that horchata is making me want coquito! yummy!

  19. Beth on May 27, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    I’m eating those very same chips and that very same salsa (medium though, not hot – yowza!) right now. So good. I’ve never had horchata, but it sounds really good.

    Enjoy your evening!

  20. Allison @ Food For Healing on May 27, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    man you spoil that man! he is lucky haha

    enjoy the evening!

  21. Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg on May 27, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    I’ve never had horchata! It looks really tasty though!

  22. Roro on May 27, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    I brought a jar of almond butter the other day…OMG I love it, I’ve been trying it on everything 🙂

  23. Annie D. from Annie's Simple Life on May 27, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    OMG I have never heard of horchata! I think the pilot will LOVE that dinner!

  24. Emily on May 27, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    Hope you have fun at your girls night seeing Sex & the City 2. I had a cosmo at lunch with some co-workers, saw the Movie (fabulous!), then a few more cosmos afterwards.

  25. Mama Pea on May 27, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    BYOMM, I love it! We do this all of the time…in fact, I have some leftover beans and chips that I’m hoping I can turn into dinner for Pea Daddy. We are good wives, we are good wives, we are good wives…repeat with me…

  26. Nicole @ Making Good Choices on May 27, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    I’m with everyone else and love love BYOMM. It’s a great meal to leave for husbands to “make” themselves. Have fun at the movie!

  27. Jenny on May 27, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    Aw! I’m glad he’s coming home & that he’s had a good time in Tampa!

  28. LisaG on May 27, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    Food and drink looks delish! You’re such a good wifey.

    • LisaG on May 27, 2010 at 8:11 pm

      BTW I had a tasty whole grain veggie sub from Quiznos today. They toast the bread and spread guac on it and layer in the veggies.Their chopped salads are good too.

  29. Janna on May 27, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    Horchata sounds right up my alley! YUM!

    SO excited for SATC 2 tonight!!! 🙂

  30. Jenny on May 27, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    Let us know what you think of the movie!!!
    I would love to hear your opinion on it 😀

  31. Jill on May 27, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    SSUD #4 … nothing but not so ladylike words coming out of my mouth while I was doing the cardio (treadmill 30 min, 12% incline at 4.0 speed) after the legs workout, killer burn, but great workout – thanks Gina!

    • Fitnessista on May 27, 2010 at 11:06 pm

      yeahhhhhh! awesome 🙂

  32. Marissa on May 27, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    Aww! I’m so happy your pilot is coming home. That rice drink looks interesting… does it taste anything like rice milk?

    • Fitnessista on May 27, 2010 at 11:05 pm

      kind of… more like cinnamon milk than anything

  33. Courtney on May 27, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    I agree…La Herdez is the best jarred salsa. It is the only brand I’ll eat. 🙂

  34. Kat on May 27, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    Herdez salsa is pretty face-rocking 🙂
    the pilot was in my town! glad he is getting home to you. the Horchata looks yummy. My hubby would love that I bet. hmmmm maybe I should make some. I’ve been eating popcorn every night this week (brown bag trick is awesome!) let me know how sex & the city is! I’m maybe going tomorrow but have heard some less than stellar reviews (loved the first one though!)

  35. Alycia @ Fit n Fresh on May 27, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    I can’t wait to try this! And I don’t know why I don’t roast veggies more often, it’s something I really need to start doing more of lol

  36. Errign on May 27, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    Hey Gina – any other options for “stretch” days of the SSU, for those of us who are not crazy about yoga/don’t have any classes locally?

    • Fitnessista on May 27, 2010 at 11:03 pm

      have you tried yoga before? if not, give it a chance.. especially with the yogadownload stuff, it really is awesome
      if not, just do some solo stretching on your own

  37. Carolyn @ lovinlosing on May 27, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    Have fun tonight!! Sounds like a blast!

  38. Lili on May 27, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! For the horchata recipe! Cant wait to try it! YUM!

  39. Salah@myhealthiestlifestyle on May 27, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    Yay for Pilot being back!!! Can’t wait to try the horchata!!

  40. Melissa @ For the Love of Health on May 27, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    That’s so sweet of you! 🙂
    My girlfriends wanted me to join them to see Sex and the City 2 tonight too but I hate packed movie theatres! Part of me regrets not going but oh well! I plan on going Monday with another friend once the crowds die down!
    I hope you enjoy it! I am sure you will give it two thumbs up (or down) tomorrow!

  41. Jackie (Peaces of Earth) on May 28, 2010 at 2:49 am

    How cute is that BYOMM!!!

  42. Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman on May 28, 2010 at 8:41 am

    What a nice wife. I’d leave my husband to fend for himself. And that horchata recipe sounds easy but so good. I’m psyched to try it.

  43. Kristin on May 28, 2010 at 10:52 am

    I have to agree about the salsa, herdez is one of the best, I totally bought some the other day. Of course in AZ, there is no lack of fantastic salsa. I do have a weird question, I’ve thought about making some kind of tofu chorizo, any ideas on how to make that happen?

    • Fitnessista on May 28, 2010 at 11:12 am

      hmmm i have no idea, but that sounds lovely. i know they sell soy chorizo at trader joe’s and some grocery stores- i’d probably do it that way

    • sharon on June 8, 2010 at 5:41 pm

      i found soy chorizo in my super market and it was really spicy and good! 🙂

  44. Mary on May 28, 2010 at 10:55 am

    Hi. I’m really enjoying your blog. Could I have your Frijoles recipe?

    • Fitnessista on May 28, 2010 at 11:11 am

      i soaked them overnight then rinsed and got rid of the water.
      brought them up to a boil with more than enough water to cover, reduced to simmer and added 2 t sea salt and 5 giant cloves of garlic (with the skin on)
      let them simmer for 4 hours
      then seasoned with a little cumin and cayenne

  45. Bianka (bananas for bananas) on May 28, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    I want to try that salsa! I’m always looking for a good premade salsa but all the ones I’ve tried just never live up to fresh 🙁

  46. Melanie on May 28, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    I can so relate to the TDY’s and missing him. My hubby usually does at least 2 week long TDY’s, in fact I think he might have been at the Pilot’s base (I could be wrong though) when he went TDY near Savanah GA. That was probably his last TDY with the A-10’s though as they lose their planes in a few weeks 🙁

    I had no idea what Horchata was when you mentioned it yesterday. Looks super yummy. Basically like a sweetened brown rice/Almond milk?

  47. Amanda @ The Beauty Notebooks on June 19, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    I found this recipe on one of your most recent posts — thank you! it comes at perfect timing : ) I got to spend the weekend with my boyfriend in DC, and he was on the hunt for horchatta. We found some, but it was mediocre at best. Of course, since he had never had horchatta before last night, he didn’t know the difference! there is a great restauraunt in our hometown that makes ahh-mazing horchatta, but I would also love to try making my own! so glad to find your recipe : )

    • Fitnessista on June 19, 2011 at 11:58 pm

      let me know what you think!

  48. jhae' on February 5, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    Hola! i’m trying your horchata recipe. Hope I make it deliciousoso?! =)
    As for the rice remains, do you know of a rice pudding recipe for this blendered rice?
    The rice pudding recipes i’m looking at calls for whole rice like the one on the link below.

    I would greatly appreciate if you can post a link to a good rice pudding recipe for this blendered rice. =)


    • Fitnessista on February 5, 2012 at 11:16 pm

      i don’t have one- let me know if you find a good one!

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