Superfood bowls offer the perfect balance of macronutrients and are loaded with essential vitamins and minerals. High in fiber and flavor, these bowls leave you full and satisfied, whether it’s the first or final meal of the day. The best part? Building a superfood bowl is only minor construction; as simple as four basic building blocks and whatever superfoodie ingredients you have on hand.
Brown rice is on standby in most kitchen cabinets, but trendier options include quinoa, freekeh, and millet. Barley is a great choice for those who enjoy chewiness in their grains. This foundation bulks up your meal with protein and fiber while adding a slight nuttiness- the key is to choose a grain that is whole and unrefined. Superfood bowls are an exciting way to get to know unconventional whole grains, like kamut, farro, wild rice, and wheatberries.
Okay, so not all the vegetables here have to be green… but the most prominent of superfoods are dark green leafy vegetables and they deserve the front seat! Spinach and lettuce are solid choices for those who wince at the bitterness of kale greens, while mustard greens and arugula offer a subtle spicy flavor to the mix. A dive into the fridge can fill out the rest of your veggie quota, whether it’s those leftover roasted beets, a half-empty bag of shredded carrots, or an extra scoop of that slaw you made the other day. A small handful of blackberries or a few slices of crisp apple imparts a sweet zing to unfold more complex flavors in your superfood bowl.
When high quality, organic, sustainably and responsibly raised animal proteins aren’t within reach, there is a plethora of other ways to bulk up the protein portion of a superfood bowl. Tofu and tempeh are vegetarian favorite, but those who shy away from those products may opt for beans, lentils, and edamame. When in doubt, a single egg can round out the protein portion all by itself and works its way into a superfood bowl any way you cook it.