As always, I have been getting lot's of questions on light, healthy dinner ideas as well as ideas on lunches that are outside of the realm of a salad. As wonderful as salad is nutritionally, we can all to often fall into a salad rut. Same greens, toppings, and dressing...that's why I think the concept of a Nourishment Bowl is a wonderful idea. The greens and veggies are still present, however, this awesome concept allows for more ingredients, fun toppings, and filling meals.
You can even do different themed bowls: Mexican bowl with guac, greens, beans, radish, peppers. Or an Asian Bowl with sesame seeds, bok choy, ginger and tofu!
"This seems like it's still a salad," you might say...however, you can play with the ratio of ingredients so it's not primarily lettuce greens with SOME toppings but other nutrient dense items like nuts, seeds, and healthy fats play as equal of a role in these sassy little bowls.
Here's some wonderful ideas for how to build your bowl based on the ingredient/macronutrient:
::Greens:: add in your favorite (hopefully in season, local) arugula, spinach, kale, chard, butter lettuce, gem lettuce, romaine, etc. also, if you head to the local farmers market you may find a new green to toss in (sorrel, anyone) it's a good means to toss in something new.
::Protein:: adjust for what you do and do not consume; beans, quinoa and lentils, hemp seeds, nuts/seeds, eggs (farm fresh please), wild salmon or fish if you consume.
::Fruit:: add on any fruits for extra nutrition and crunch. Diced apples, berries, or grapes and oranges.
::Healthy Fats:: avocado, avocado oil, olive oil, nuts & seeds.
::Veggies!:: this is the fun part; carrots, tomatoes, onion, peppers, cucumbers, radish, zucchini, snap peas, etc. if you see it, it can be in there!
::Carbohydrates:: sweet potato, yams, wild rice, brown rice.
::Om-nom add ons:: hummus, guacamole, tahini, cider vinegar, sauerkraut or other vinegar flavors, roasted yellow potatoes, lemon juice and honey, herbs, chickpeas.
Here is a link to one of my FAVORITE bowl-inspirations.
Remember, your bowl (or carry-able container) is the limit!