Healthy food bowls are all the craze. Whether it’s a breakfast smoothie bowl, powerful porridge or a Buddha bowl for lunch, there’s something ultimately comforting about digging into layers of goodness.
Making your weeknight dinner in a bowl is oh so easy and appetizing too. You just pick a colourful variety of veggies and grains, add some (plant-based) protein and healthy fats, before you top it off with nuts, seeds, microgreens and a tasty dressing. Et voila, dinner is served!
Here are 10 hearty and healthy recipes to inspire your next dinner bowl. Enjoy!
“It’s non-negotiable. Just cook.” – Sarah Wilson on Twitter.
If you want to eat healthily, making your own meals (most of the time) is not an option but a necessity. It’s the best way to have a say in the ingredients, add variation to your overall diet and limit your intake of refined sugar, trans fats and artificial flavours.
Now, I love cooking. And I love all the amazing, wholesome recipes on food blogs these days. But honestly, after a long day of running around after a one-year old, squeezing in writing and household chores during naps, it sometimes feels like too much effort to cut up tons of veggies and spend an hour behind the stove.
You’ve probably felt the same way when you’ve had a tiring day, whether that’s because of work, illness or way too active kids.
And while it’s tempting to just shove a pizza in the oven whenever you’re too tired to cook, as a rule it’s better to find a healthy alternative to ordering takeout or heating up microwaved meals. Processed foods often contain too much salt, too little veg and an addictive combo of high sugar/high fat. And frankly, most convenience meals are just plain bland in taste compared to a home cooked dinner.
So let’s have a look how you can still put a nutritious meal on the table when you’re running low on energy.
Gone are the days when salads were mere side dishes made from iceberg lettuce, cucumber and tomatoes. Although there’s nothing wrong with a good, classic Greek salad, there are so many more and delicious ways to enjoy the abundance of spring and summer produce.
Making a satisfying salad can be as simple as tossing leafy greens in a bowl with a homemade dressing, (leftover) veggies and toppings such as roasted pine nuts, crumbled feta or turkey breast. But the food bloggers listed below show that you can also use more unexpected vegetables, herbs and other fresh ingredients in your summery salad.
Try one of these 10 surprising salads for a little sunshine on your plate!
“Ok, this is my last cookie! Starting tomorrow I’m only gonna sip on coconut water and have steamed fish with salad for dinner each night.”
“Well, maybe just one more… After all, it is my last chance to munch on something sweet for a while…”
Be honest, how many times have you had this talk with yourself?
For some people, cutting out cookies and following a strict but healthy diet works out great. (‘The Happiness Project‘ author Gretchen Rubin has written a compelling post about the difference between abstainers and moderators when trying to change bad habits.) But too often, people confuse healthy eating with restricting and depriving yourself.
But what if you looked at it differently? What if, instead of thinking of which foods you have to give up to eat healthily, you start focusing on nourishing your body with wholesome foods that actually taste good too?
Your mother, doctor and diet books have all been saying it for years: eat your vegetables.
We all know that greens are packed with vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients that boost our health. Research has linked eating plenty of vegetables to a lowered risk for heart disease and cancer, better weight management and even happiness.
But often a busy work – and social life get in the way of eating those five servings a day. Not to mention that eating 200 grams of vegetables on a daily basis can seem like a lot to chew on.
And it’s not just you. Studies have shown that only 1 out of 10 British and American adults eat the recommended amount of veggies a day.
So how can you add more green to your diet?
These 40 delicious ideas will show you how you can easily slip in more vegetables, even on days when you have little time to cook.
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