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We all know we need more vegetables in our diet. But if you’re already feeling bored with your healthy diet and don’t think you can eat another plate of steamed broccoli, what can you do? This is where power bowls come to the rescue!
The idea with this health-conscious foodie trend is to pile a single bowl high with as many colorful, plant-based, nutrient-dense foods as you can. These delicious bowls are filling, satisfying, and good for you – exactly what you need to keep your healthy diet going strong! The best part is that you can easily prep the components of the bowl at the beginning of the week, then put them together in different ways for each meal to keep shaking things up.
Every power bowl looks different, but they tend to have a few components in common:
- First, pick a starch or whole grain like sweet potatoes, brown rice, quinoa, or farro
- Second, pick a protein like chick peas, eggs, tofu, tempeh, beans, or chicken
- Then, pick healthy fats like avocados, nuts, and seeds
- And lastly, don’t forget lots and lots of vegetables!
Ready to make power bowls a staple in your kitchen? Here are two great recipes for you to try! Keep in mind that your bowls can look however you want – you can swap ingredients based on what you like, what you’re craving, or what you have on hand in your kitchen at the moment. Consider these recipes just a delicious starting point:
Sweet Potato Chickpea Bowl
This gorgeous bowl is packed with sautéed chickpeas for protein, roasted sweet potatoes for starch, and roasted kale for your leafy greens. Remember, you can prepare the ingredients to your liking!
- 1 15-ounce package of chickpeas
- 2 teaspoons of olive, melted coconut, or grape seed oil
- 1/2 red onion, sliced in wedges
- 2 large sweet potatoes, halved
- 1 bundle of chopped broccolini
- 2 big handfuls kale
Avocado Quinoa Bowl
This bowl full of green goodness would be perfect year-round, not just during autumn. It has a mix of arugula, brussels sprouts, and avocado on a bed warm quinoa, and of course, delicious tahini sauce, a staple for many Power Bowls.
- 1 cup of arugula
- 1/2 cup of cooked quinoa
- 1 cup of sautéed brussels sprouts
- 1 tablespoon of pepitas
- 1/2 of a sliced avocado
- 1 teaspoon of olive oil
- 1 tablespoon of tahini
Eat your veggies – and enjoy them too! Have fun making your own creative, delicious, and gorgeous power bowls at home as you pursue a healthy, whole-foods-based lifestyle this year. What’s your favorite recipe? Share in the comments below!