Vibrant Bowls | Easy & Nutritious Lunch Ideas

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The concept of a vibrant bowl is simple: combining nutritious, seasonal, and high quality whole foods together in a bowl- and making the process as quick and effortless as possible. I like to take some inspiration from the meal prep world and create a few  components ahead of time, so that when I’m suddenly starving- I know I can simply peruse the fridge and pull together a few things to create a glorious lunch. I always try to make sure I am adhering to proper food combining for optimal digestion: i.e, eat starches (think grains and starchy vegetables like the sweet potato) with greens and non-starchy vegetables, or eat protein with greens and non-starchy vegetables. You don’t want to eat proteins and starches together because one releases an acid medium of digestive enzymes while the other releases an alkaline medium; when these two types of digestive enzymes are released at the same time, they neutralize one another forming a neutral medium which does not efficiently digest either food. Below you will find a list of some of my favorite bowl components along with some photos for inspiration!

link to video demonstration: Vibrant Bowls with @vibrantandpure – YouTube

*recipe updates from feedfeed snapchat takeover:

Almond milk tzatziki:

  • 2 containers of dairy-free yogurt (I use kite hill plain yogurt)
  • handful of fresh mint chopped
  • 1 teaspoon chopped dill (fresh or dried)
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • juice of 1 lemon (lime would be a fine substitute)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 3 chopped persian cucumbers (you can really put as much or as little cucumber as you’d like)

Simply mix together the yogurt, lemon juice, garlic, chopped herbs, cumin, and cucumbers together! I have found that when making this with dairy-free yogurt sauce, it’s important to let the yogurt sort of marinate and let all the flavors meld together. I put it in a tupperware and like to wait a day before I use it-although, I admit sometimes I cannot wait!

Falafel spiced chickpeas:

  • 1 can of chickpeas (drained)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander
  • 1 handful chopped parsley
  • 1 handful chopped cilantro
  • 1 garlic clove minced, or 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • sea salt to taste
  • pinch of black pepper

Mix together chickpeas with the spices and herbs plus a drizzle of olive oil.

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Here are a few things I love to include in my vibrant bowls:

  • greens (massaged kale / baby spinach / sautéed swiss chard etc.)
  • pickled vegetables 
  • seeds (pumpkin seeds & sunflower seeds)
  • pulses (lentils & chickpeas)
  • fresh fruit (typically berries, figs or citrus)
  • chopped beets
  • sliced radishes
  • hummus
  • mashed sweet potato
  • tahini lemon dressing
  • sprouts
  • avocado
  • nuts
  • fresh herbs
  • dairy-free tzatziki
  • cauliflower rice
  • protein (soft boiled eggs or wild salmon)

 

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