As you all know, I’ve been on a constant quest to make better food choices. That has led me to trying to create my own dishes that are packed with protein, grains, and veggies (aka a power bowl). Now, if you have a Pinterest food board, you have seen these bowls all dressed with avocados and drizzled with some sort of low-fat/low calorie dressing or hummus. And while these bowls look delicious, it is highly unlikely I will enjoy it as much as say…a potato skin from Fridays.
In doing my research, I noticed that there are a lot of options out there for putting together your own power bowl for lunch or even dinner. I am going to try one of the recipes I found on Pinterest this weekend and will be sure to share it with you should everything turn out good. In the meantime, if you’re interested in making your own, here is what you will need to toss into the bowl to make it a well-balanced meal:
Building the Perfect Power Bowl
Greens – This is the base of your salad and where you will get a lot of your nutrients. Spinach is by far the most popular choice for a dish like this. If you’re not that fond of spinach, you can always substitute it with arugula or romaine. Those taste the best in my humble opinion.
Protein – Protein is one of the most important ingredients in a power bowl because it will help you stay fuller for longer. Depending on your dietary choices, you can add grilled meat (chicken, steak, or turkey); add beans, nuts, or even an egg which is packed with healthy proteins.
Fats – And by “fats”, I mean the healthy kind, folks. I’m not a big avocado girl, but that seems to be all the rage with these bowls. I can see why avocados would be a great choice since it is low in sugar and has lots of fiber. If you’re like me and can’t stand the taste, you can always substitute avocado with pecans, olives, or cheese.
Vegetables – The great thing about vegetables is that almost all of them are loaded with nutrients and fiber while being low in calories. My veggies of choice right now are green, red, and yellow peppers. But you can add broccoli, onions, corn, carrots…pretty much anything that makes you happy.
Beans & Grains – I’m a little wary of this portion of the bowl because I’m not a big fan of beans. From what I can tell, Garbanzo beans are a key ingredient in any power bowl. They are packed with protein and fiber, so I get why they’re so popular and yet I am still wary of eating them. If you want to substitute Garbanzo beans for something else…feel free! Good choices include kidney beans and black beans. Grains are a little easier of a concept to wrap my head around. Brown rice is always a safe option and a good choice for any dish. If you’re one of those folks who hates brown rice (I use to be one of them), then you can toss in quinoa or bulgur to get a serving of grains in.
Fruit – Adding fruit to a dish that has so many salty/savory flavors is kind of weird…but I’m willing to try it. I’ve seen many of websites toss in dried cranberries and peaches, as well as fresh apples and pears.
If you’re looking to throw together your own power bowl, be sure to include these ingredients to ensure you’re getting the most out of your meal. The best part is that, depending on what you add to the bowl, the calories for the entire dish will be much lower than the McDonald’s fries you would much rather be eating!!! Be sure to let me know how your power bowl turned out and stay tuned for my first attempt at joining the power bowl craze!
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