Mexican food has been a craving of mine during pregnancy, but eating out at chain restaurants can definitely add up quick – both calorie and sodium wise. For any Mexican cravings, I turned to making my own healthy burrito bowls at home in order to cut the calories of chain Mexican restaurants.
The best part about making these Mexican inspired dishes at home is that you can use your imagination and incorporate any type of protein, rice, beans, and toppings that you desire.
To make sure I’m getting my serving of healthy fats, I used a little coconut oil when sautéing my proteins and also added some into my rice – this is delicious! Coconut oil has been a great all-natural energy boosting fat during pregnancy because of the way it’s absorbed. Unlike traditional butter or olive oil, coconut oil is metabolized via the liver and used immediately for energy, hence the natural boost!
Here’s how to make your own healthy burrito bowl:
4-ounces protein of your choice, I used chicken
1 cup rice, I used white rice
1 tablespoon coconut oil, half used for protein and half used for rice
¼ cup black beans
¼ fresh corn
¼ avocado, sliced
2 tablespoons fresh salsa
1 tablespoon reduced fat sour cream
Fresh lime, to taste
Cilantro, to taste
- Place ½ tablespoon coconut oil on medium-high skillet. Add in chicken or desired protein of choice and sauté until fully cooked. Set aside.
- Cook rice per package directions and once finished, place in bowl that you’ll be eating. Mix in ½ tablespoon coconut oil.
- Next, add chicken, avocado, black beans, fresh corn, salsa, and sour cream on top of rice.
- Garnish with desired amount of cilantro and lime. Dig in and enjoy!
This healthy burrito bowl takes about 20 minutes total to prepare and comes out packed with flavor! Feel free to add cheese or any other of your favorite toppings – the possibilities are endless.