A bowl can be a great, easy way to get in better nutrition more often. Here are the rules, some tips, and some better nutrition bowl recipes for you to enjoy more often.
- Better be delicious (to you!) – skip the “healthy” bowl that will have you headed for a bowl of ice cream or chips sooner rather than later. Pick what will be delicious to you. Yes you do have to make some choices, but it may just mean smaller amounts of some items so you can enjoy more ingredients in your bowl.
- Better be plant-based – build your bowl with plants then, if you choose, accessorize with some animal products to add flavor and nutrient balance your bowl.
- Better be nutrient- balanced – this is where most people run into trouble when building their bowls. This means a balance of one to two servings each of carbs, proteins, and fats as well as non-starchy vegetables. Now some foods are what we call “blends” so they are carb+protein (like beans & some grains) or protein+fat (like cheeses, some nuts, seeds, meat and eggs) so use The Better Nutrition Plan to help guide you through which foods and how much of them will deliver you better balance. Remember to count toppings and dressing!
Here are some better examples:
- If you want purple, choose the cabbage instead of the purple rice and enjoy half the beans (for a low carb option) alone or add the tofu (for more protein, omega fats but also carbs), bean sprouts, lettuce, veggies and add some kimchi for digestive support (and flavor) as well as stay light on the sauce.
- If you want the rice, do half serving and choose either the tofu or the beans or choose an animal protein, then add non-starchy vegetables and a healthy fat like avocado or an olive oil dressing.
- Be ware too much protein – which is usually the case with their portions of animal protein – so if you chicken or steak – ask for a half portion of your favorite option and then enjoy it with non-starchy veggies and the beans with lettuce or rice with bean sprouts.
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