Want the inside scoop on my secret to quick and easy meals for busy week nights? Look no further than what’s in your bowl.
Power bowls have earned their place in the spotlight on trendy food menus, but they are also practical and simple to make at home. The flavor combinations are endless which means the likelihood of getting stuck in a food rut is slim to none!
By following these three simple steps that make up my power bowl formula, you will get a nutritious and tasty meal every time.
Step 1: The Base
The first step in building the ultimate power bowl is to define your base. The foundation can be made up of whole grains (brown rice and quinoa are a favorite!), leafy greens, or even cauliflower rice.
FitLiving Eats tip: When ordering power bowls out, ask for half the amount of whole grains, or half grains and half greens. A serving size of whole grains is 1/2 cup and most restaurants “over serve” to bulk up the bowl and keep food cost down.
Step 2: The Fixings
This is where the fun part comes in. Let your imagination and taste buds run wild! You want to make sure that you get a good ratio of vegetables to protein in the bowl. To keep the flavors and textures interesting, include a combination of raw and cooked vegetables. Protein sources can be from a hardboiled egg, chicken breast, lean beef, tuna, organic tofu or beans.
FitLiving Eats tip: Roast a big batch of vegetables at the beginning of the week to use for power bowls. For simple roasted vegetables, chop the veggies similar in size. Drizzle with olive oil and a sprinkle of salt. Roast in the oven at 400 degrees on a parchment-lined baking sheet for 15 minutes (for softer veggies) to 30 minutes (for harder veggies) or until fork tender and golden in color.
Step 3: The Extras
It’s all about the toppings when perfecting your bowl. This is a great way to add some healthy fats to your meal through chopped nuts, seeds, or avocado. A light sprinkling of feta or goat cheese would be delicious, too!
FitLiving Eats tip: Not only can you keep the flavors interesting by what goes in your bowl, but also what goes on top of your bowl. The sauce has the power to transform your bowl each and every time! It could be as simple as a fresh squeeze of lemon juice, salsa or hummus, or kick it up a notch by giving one of these homemade sauces a try.
Looking for some power bowl inspiration? Check out this list of 30 delicious and healthy power bowl recipes to get started.