Rice bowls are a quick and easy staple in healthy eating. These incredibly versatile dishes are easy to prepare — simply throw any of your favourite ingredients on top of fluffy rice for new combinations to enjoy. However, it's important to remember that while it is integral to the dish, white rice can increase the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes if eaten in large quantities. It also lacks the nutrients essential for gut health, which is crucial in strengthening the body's immune system and overall health. This is why we've chosen some of the best alternatives for healthier rice bowl like brown basmati and quinoa and boosting them with bone broth... full of ingredients that are just as nutritious as they are delicious!
Quinoa and Crispy Tofu Bowl
@veganbowls Quinoa is a popular alternative to white rice and helps gut bacteria thrive with its high fibre content and prebiotics. This edible seed is also no-grain and gluten-free, which helps to reduce inflammation in the intestinal tract. When cooked, quinoa has a light and fluffy texture similar to rice, making it an excellent healthier option for your rice bowl. Try cooking up a quinoa bowl topped with crispy tofu glazed in a teriyaki sauce made from maple syrup, soy sauce or coconut aminos , and our chicken bone broth or organic vegetable broth. The bone broth helps pack a collagen protein punch and our vegetable a delicious umame flavour from the wakame seaweed, ginger, and turmeric in it. Throw in some broccoli, carrots, sesame seeds, for a serving of vegetables and flavour.
Broccoli Rice with Lemon Chicken
Consider using shredded broccoli/cauliflower to build a healthy rice bowl. It's rich in antioxidants, which have can prevent gut diseases and other illnesses as well as keto/paleo friendly. To prepare it, add a third of a cup of bone broth to one third of shredded broccolli stems /cauliflower, then on top steam the florets and your other choice of veg. Steaming your rice or shredded veggie 'rice' with the bone broth will give your dish a boost in flavour as well as essential protein and amino acids. For an extra tasty step after steaming the veg throw them straight into a pan to stir-fry in healthy organic ghee for a gut healthy 'fried rice'.
Sweet Potato Fried Rice
The wide variety of sweet potatoes available can add some welcome colour and flavour to your rice bowls. Whether you choose purple, white, or orange, this nutritious ingredient is rich in fibre and antioxidants that help aid digestion and protects your body from free radicals. Try creating sweet potato fried rice, which you can make by placing the uncooked starch in a food processor to achieve a rice-like consistency. Stir fry in a skillet with our organic ghee, white onions, carrots, peas, scrambled egg, season with soy sauce, salt, and pepper for delicious, healthy fried rice. We believe that healthy eating needn’t be a chore. That's the beauty of rice bowls, which are nutritious, delicious, and can be assembled in a matter of minutes. This dish helps promote a healthy gut for overall wellbeing, and by choosing the right ingredients, you can also experience less stress and more time to enjoy a healthier and happier lifestyle.
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by Allie Cooper