For anyone unfamiliar with the term, a power bowl, quite simply, an all-in-one meal that is nutritionally dense, it combines essential fats, carbs, and protein together to ensure you get the most possible balanced meal. Hence, the ability to incorporate power bowls into breakfast, lunch, and dinner recipes are simple.
The Versatility of the All-Day Power Bowl
Power bowls are a pretty easy way to get a super wide range of nutrient in, and they’re simple to make at home. You can diversify them with a couple of ingredient swaps, which can make them more suitable for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
Power bowls also allow you to prep bulk ingredients ahead of time, so you can make multiple healthy bowls throughout the week. This is why the power bowl is a great option for those trapped on time.
Another huge benefit is reduced food waste. The nature of the power bowl allows you to kind of throw together any leftovers in your fridge so you can use them up last minute.
Because there’s no “concrete” recipe for a power bowl other than the way you structure it, there’s endless possibilities for how you can make one. One can easily customize them as you see fit – All-day, all-purpose power bowl. Provided you’re using whole, plant foods as the basis of the bowl, you’re always going to end up with a quick, healthy, and nutrient-dense meal.
How to prepare a power bowl?
These are the “core” elements the power bowl should have:
Base (Pick 1): Typically, unrefined wholegrains. We also suggest alternatives for those wishing to avoid grains, like cauliflower rice or quinoa. All these options are gluten-free (GF).
Protein (Pick 1-2): We tend to opt for plant-based protein, but the options are endless here. For a plant-based bowl, most people stick with tofu, tempeh, or block beans. Non-vegetarian options would be chicken, eggs, or seafood – depending on how strapped you are on time.
Vegetables (Pick up to 6): We like mixing between both cooked and raw veggies for this part. Go for a wide mix of colorful vegetables and try to fill around half your bowl with this section.
Dressing (Pick 1-2): Every delicious power bowl has a good sauce, marinade, or dressing to top it off. You can keep things simple. Healthy Planet has a bunch of great pre-made, bottled dressings – or you can make your own.
Toppings (Pick 2): Last, but not least. Most power bowls incorporate some type of topping with a little bit of crunch to them. Here we’d opt for nuts, seeds, or dried fruit.
For some inspiration to build your power bowl see Healthy Planet’s suggested recipes in the card at the top of this article.
Ingredients for Any Possible Power Bowl Recipe – Healthy Planet
Whether crafting a vegan quinoa power bowl, a Green Goddess tahini bowl, or a Thai-centric peanut bowl – Healthy Planet has all the ingredients you need to meal prep for any possible combination.
Organic produce like cauliflower for cauliflower rice, or organic quinoa make for the perfect gluten-free bases to any bowl. Some brands at our store can help simplify meal prep with their range of organic canned beans and lentils, free of added salt.
The star of most vegan or veggie bowls, tofu and tempeh, are widely available in our retail store locations – made from organic and non-GMO soybeans.
When we fill up our plates (or bowls, in this case) with enough healthy protein, fat, and complex carbohydrates, we can power through the day with sustained energy levels and no “crash” people commonly associate with carb-loaded meals.
Balanced nutrition is not only essential for our overall well-being, decreasing cholesterol levels and preventing disease risk, but it also contributes to our mental well-being, improving mood and concentration.