Health

What Should You Eat For Lunch?

Nourish bowls are my go-to meal for the afternoons! Some people call them Buddha bowls, however, no matter what you call them, these bowls are an excellent option for a healthy and easy lunch or dinner. Nourish bowls are well-balanced, healthy meal containing a variety of nutrient-dense ingredients. As I mentioned in my last blog post about meal prepping, I usually like to throw a bunch of veggies, grains, proteins, and healthy fats into a bowl and call it a day. 

These bowls are the easiest way for me to eat healthy on a tight schedule. I know what I am going to eat for lunch, and it can take less than 10 minutes to put together (if prepped beforehand). The best thing about these bowls is that you can make them however you please. If you don’t want protein, don’t add it, or swap it out for a vegan alternative. If you’re trying to eat low carb, skip on the rice or quinoa. There are so many combinations, making every day different and unique. You can even do Mexican, Japanese, or Moroccan inspired bowls. The possibilities are endless. – That’s what makes nourish bowls so fun! 

In this blog post I will share my favorite toppings, dressings, and even show you a few pictures of my most recent bowls! 

I usually put my bowls on a bed of kale and quinoa, however, sometimes I do mixed greens or spinach. I like to massage my kale (about a minute) in olive oil and salt and pepper. I also sometimes add onion powder! Massaging your kale breaks down some of the tough, fibrous characteristics of it, which makes it easier to chew and digest, and makes for a more tender salad! I don’t think I could eat kale without this step…

The next step is to add all your prepped ingredients. There are no rules here. Add whatever you want. It can be everything you prepped or just three of the items – totally up to you and how you are feeling that day. Check my last blog post for what I most commonly prep!

At this point, I will pan fry my corn or chickpeas if I have decided to use those and I will add some lemon to my steamed broccoli and cauliflower. I also like to warm up my yams before putting them in the bowl. Now it’s time for toppings…

Toppings:

  • Cheese: feta, goat, bocconcini, rosemary cheese (anything)
  • Red pickled cabbage: one of my favorites
  • Feta stuffed peppers adds spiciness
  • Pepperoncini’s: adds extra spicy (I am obsessed with these)
  • Sundried tomatoes: so yummy 
  • Olives: any kind (kalamata are my favorite)
  • Avocado: a must 
  • Alfalfa sprouts: garlic blend is my favorite 
  • Nuts and seeds: pecans, walnuts, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, (anything)
  • My dad also loves adding onions and sometimes capers 

The last step…

Dressing and dips/sauces: (sometimes I will do a couple of these and sometimes I will just do one because the kale is already massaged)

  • Hummus: roasted red pepper, sundried tomato (anything) – good to dip potatoes tec. 
  • Tahini: gives it a creamy taste and texture (there are all sorts of tahini dressings)
  • Avocado miso dressing
  • A mix of olive oil, lemon juice, honey, and mustard 
  • Olive oil and lemon juice 
  • Olive oil and balsamic vinegar 
  • Red wine vinegar 
  • I will add lime juice if creating a Mexican inspired bowl 

Last step: everything but the bagel seasoning!

(I’m quite the perfectionist and love when things are visually appealing, so I always make them look super pretty)

Now, it’s ready to eat! Scrump. 

Look up nourish/buddha bowls on Pinterest! There are so many ideas and healthy recipes to get inspiration from. Let me know how it goes!

See you again soon,

Xx Marisa 

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