Who says an alkaline diet has to be boring? I’ve created recipes from all corners of the globe to please your palette AND get your body back to a healthy pH balance.
This Burrito Bowl is full of flavor, protein, and healthy fat. And yes, even a little bit of carbohydrates in the form brown rice. This is a great example of the 80/20 rule….but if you wanted to make this more alkaline, you can swap the mildly acidic brown rice with quinoa which is fully alkaline.
If this recipe were made with white rice, the HIGH acidic load from the rice in your body would do more harm than good, even with the other alkaline balanced ingredients. But because we’re using brown rice (or quinoa), we’re able to indulge AND stay within a healthy alkaline range.
Health wise, the differences between brown rice and white rice are many. Brown rice still has the side hull and bran attached to the grain. This is where the majority of the nutritional benefit lies in a rice grain. It’s full of proteins, calcium, magnesium, and potassium. Brown rice is gluten free, and is high in fiber and selenium which reduces the likelihood of colon cancer.
Brown rice has:
• Twice the manganese and phosphorus as white.
• 2 ½ times the iron.
• 3 times vitamin B3.
• 4 times the vitamin B1.
• 10 times the vitamin B6.
Black beans are full of fiber for long lasting energy and help maintain stable blood sugar levels. They also help improve digestion and cardiovascular health. And they contain high levels of antioxidants which help prevent cancer.
Did you know avocadoes contain more potassium than bananas? They are also loaded with healthy fat and fiber. Avocadoes are so versatile you can use them in a savory dish like this Burrito Bowl and in a green smoothie!
Enjoy this dish with a cool, refreshing glass of alkaline filtered water flavored with lime juice and mint.
1 cup brown rice (or quinoa)
2 15oz cans of black beans (Eden Organics is a great brand – OR soak your own!)
4 green onions, sliced
2 limes, juiced
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 heaping teaspoon cumin
2 avocados, sliced
Small handful of cilantro, chopped
Cook brown rice by combining 2 cups of water with 1 cup of brown rice in a pot over high heat. When the water comes to a boil, cover the pot and turn heat down to the lowest setting for 45 minutes. (Do not stir. Simply set a timer and let the rice cook.)
While rice is cooking, open the cans of beans (thoroughly rinse) and pour into a small saucepan over low heat. Stir in the onions, lime juice, garlic, and cumin and let flavors combine for 10-15 minutes.
When rice is done cooking, put rice into individual serving bowls. Top with beans, avocado, and cilantro.