If you're looking for a lighter option for lunch, we've got the perfect green burrito for you. In this episode of Clean Eating, Arielle Haspel shows you how to make a burrito using a collard green as a wrap.
Collard greens make a great replacement for tortillas or bread, since they have a large surface area and are much healthier. To prepare your burrito, flatten a collard green onto a plate. Put a few spoonfuls of quinoa onto the collard green for a healthy dose of protein and fiber, as well as great flavor. Next you'll add some black beans for even more protein and fiber. You could also use chickpeas if you'd like, but black beans are ideal if you're going for a Mexican-style burrito. Now add some kale leaves. Your body can always use more greens, since they will strengthen your immune system and add fiber.
You can now add toppings to your collard green burrito. Add some sliced tomatoes for a burst of Vitamin C, and some red onions for a spicier flavor. Next up is our favorite - sliced avocados! Avocados are an ideal source of healthy fats. Avocados are delicious, will keep you satiated and are a great alternative to cheese in this burrito.
Next you're going to add a few teaspoons of tomato salsa to spice up your burrito. Arielle recommends shopping for a clean eating-approved jar of salsa. This means you'll want to look for salsa without added sugar, canola oil, soybean oil or vegetable oil. If desired, you could also add some full-fat, plain Greek yogurt. When selecting dairy products make sure they are organic so you won't get any unnecessary hormones.
The trick to wrapping this collard green burrito is to roll it up from the outside. Then you can fold up the end with the stem. Now you've got a beautiful green burrito for lunch that is so much healthier and tastier than a traditional sandwich!