Ever since the turn of the calendar to 2017, I've really been enjoying BOWLS. Buddah bowls, loaded salads, smoothie bowls...they're all fair game in my book. Bowls are on-trend for good reason! They're pretty, easy, and perfect for feeding one (which is the boat I'll be in for approximately 4 more months). So how do you build a bowl that's properly portioned and nutritionally balanced? I'll fill you in right now.
Start with a bowl that's just slightly larger than your hands (like...put your hands into a bowl shape and go from there, hehe).
Then add in your macronutrient building blocks: Carbohydrates Protein Fat For a sweet breakfast, try a smoothie bowl-frozen fruit counts as carbs, while nut butter or whole milk yogurt blended in bring your necessary fats and proteins to the meal. For a lunch that's easy to bring to work, perhaps you'll go with Italian flavors. Quinoa can be your carb and count toward protein intake, while homemade turkey meatballs add more protein and healthy fat. And for dinner, how about an Asian bowl? Brown rice for carbs, with peanut or curry chicken for fat and protein!
Finally, add in appropriate produce, flavors, and textures: To that smoothie bowl, I'd add some chopped fruit, nuts, and unsweetened coconut chips to the top. To an Italian bowl, a marinara with chopped tomatoes and basil over the top might do the trick. And do a peanutty or curry asian bowl, try toppings like julienned carrots, chopped cilantro, and lime juice.
These are just a few ideas, but as you can see, the possibilities are endless! This weekend could be the perfect time to prep some deliciously wholesome bowls. Give it a try!