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Trend Alert | Healthy Food Bowls

August 1, 2017

 

 

“It’s not the dish you eat it in, it’s what’s in the dish.” Becky Worley ABC Good Morning America

This past weekend I served up 14 friends of mine some amazingly tasty acai greek yogurt smoothie bowls for breakfast and all I heard were raves, so I decided to devote this week’s blog to meal bowls! Combination foods of hot or cold, sweet or savory ingredients are taking the foodie fit world by storm. But before you dig in or prepare 14 of your friends their next meal, make sure you know what you’re serving up to yourself.If you’re purchasing a meal bowl, try to follow the guidelines below:

 

 

- Look for basic ingredients - you should be able to pronounce and know what the ingredients are! 

- Steer clear of candied sweetened nuts.

- Make sure to only include dried fruit without added sugar.

- Reduce or eliminate the amount of creamy, or heavily sweetened sauces/ dressings.

- Buy a bowl with <500mg of sodium, <20 g sugar, < 5g fat, < 500 calories, >20g protein.

 

If you’re trying to put together your own bowl follow these easy steps below!

 

  1. Start with a base

    1. Leafy greens

    2. Kale

    3. Spinach

  2. Maximize veggies

    1. Cucumber

    2. Bell pepper

    3. Broccoli

    4. Carrots

    5. Zucchini

    6. Brussel sprouts

    7. Tomato

  3. Add fruit for fun

    1. Blueberries

    2. Strawberries

    3. Mango

    4. Apple

    5. Grapes

    6. Mango

    7. Goji Berries

  4. Stick with complex carbohydrates

    1. Brown, wild or black rice.

    2. Quinoa

    3. Sweet potato

    4. Corn

    5. Peas

    6. Millet

  5. Pack on the protein

    1. Eggs

    2. Fish

    3. Tofu

    4. Chicken or turkey

    5. Lentils

    6. Chickpeas

    7. Beef

  6. Choose healthy fats

    1. Avocado

    2. Sunflower seeds

    3. Olive Oil

    4. Tahini

    5. Chia seeds

    6. Nuts

  7. Pump up the flavor

    1. Kimchi

    2. Crumbled cheese

    3. Apple Cider Vinegar

    4. Sesame seeds

    5. Lemon juice

Looking for some more inspirational ideas?

 

Click here to make your own healthy breakfast bowl

 

 

Click here to make your own healthy lunch bowl

 

 

 

And as a bonus, here's my favorite acai greek yogurt breakfast bowl:

 

(Makes 2 bowls)

1 frozen banana

1 cup frozen mixed berries

1 Tbsp. Navitas Natural Acai powder

1 cup Fage Vanilla Greek Yogurt

1 Tbsp. Ground Flax meal

 

Directions:

  1. Blend all ingredients together

  2. Pour into bowl and finish off with fun toppings like unsweetened coconut shreds, slivered nuts and seeds, pomegranate seeds, banana, strawberry or kiwi slices, Barbara’s or Ezekiel granola, low sugar or no sugar added dried fruit.

What's your favorite kind of healthy bowl? Let me know in the comments! Happy bowl making! 

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