I’m currently in the season of my life where struggle meals are the name of the game.
With my epic life shifts, plus moving, and trying to balance diabetes, I’m stretched thin. I also have very few dishes out because selling our house but still living in it is a delicate act that requires you live half in boxes and half in your house.
Everyone has heard of the TikTok Salmon Rice bowl. I’m actually pretty late to this trend to be honest. But it’s so good that I had to try it out and provide my little take on how to make it blood sugar-friendly.
What is the TikTok Salmon Rice Bowl?
This dish was first popularized by Emily Mariko and is a hearty bowl that’s reminiscent of an unwrapped sushi roll.
The ingredients are hearty and contain many health benefits. Plus, it’s a filling dish with great flavor.
A bonus? You can make it from scratch in 15 minutes or less.
What I personally love about this recipe is that it has everything – it’s salty, fatty, and savory. It’s also very rich and filling. I wish it had some additional crunch or texture. But, a sprinkling of sesame seeds could fix that right up.
Ingredients for the TikTok Salmon Rice Bowl
How to make the TikTok Salmon Rice Bowl blood sugar-friendly
I’m always looking at the angle of how to make meals blood sugar-friendly for people with diabetes. Especially when recreating something at home.
There were a few things that I thought you could swap out in this dish for some blood sugar balance, and overall healthy swaps:
- Cook your rice with low sodium veggie broth for extra flavor.
- Swap for cauliflower rice, or brown rice if you want to up your fiber slightly. If you want to use white rice, cool it completely first, and then heat it back up. Rice is one of those foods (along with pasta and potatoes) that increases resistant starch when it’s cooled and then eaten, meaning it can also reduce the rise in blood sugar after a meal and improve insulin sensitivity.
- I added more spicy kimchi to my bowl. It’s good for your gut!
- I baked my salmon for this, but you can use canned salmon just as well for a faster result. Just rinse it before using, and make sure it’s packed in water, not oil.
- I used Tamari for extra savory flavor. It’s a gluten-free swap for soy sauce and you can find a verson that’s lower in sodium. Coconut Aminos would work here, too!