By now we’ve all seen those Instagram-worthy balanced bowls packed with beautiful colors and enticing foods, but do you know the health benefits that come with it? Our dietitians love adding balanced bowls to the menu because you can mix and add different whole grains, lean proteins, legumes, and nutritious vegetables to create the perfect dish catered to your personalized taste preferences. We asked our expert dietitians to break down the health benefits of balanced bowls and here’s what they had to say about reaching your #healthgoals in a bowl:
Ingredients that are good for your heart
Include ingredients in your balanced bowl that reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. The following foods pack a powerhouse of nutrition:
Building a balanced bowl
Eager to give a balanced bowl a go? Use this chart for inspiration to make sure your body is getting all the necessary nutrients:
|Spice it up – Make your own dressing!
Whole grain pasta
|Legumes (black beans, chickpeas, pinto beans, etc.)
Lean pork/red meat
Any other veggies you like!
Fresh or dried Garlic
Fresh or dried Onion
Lite Soy Sauce or Gluten-Free Tamari
Fresh lemons or limes
1. Brown rice + black beans + steamed asparagus + Brussel sprouts + drizzled with a quick tahini dressing (tahini, lemon, chili powder, cumin, cayenne pepper or hot sauce, and a bit of water to thin). If available top this bowl with fresh cilantro or cubes of avocado.
2. Corn + chicken + dark leafy greens + cucumbers + bell peppers + avocado + drizzled with lime-cilantro dressing (lime juice, cilantro, olive oil, salt, and pepper – think Chipotle®!)
3. Quinoa + salmon + spinach + roasted zucchini + feta cheese + drizzled with olive oil and vinegar dressing (balsamic vinegar, olive oil, lemon juice, minced garlic, salt, and pepper)