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Yum! How to Create a Healthy Lunch Bowl

Ditch your boring sandwich or salad, and try a healthy lunch bowl that is filling, balanced, and nutritious instead. Lunch bowls are quick and simple to make—no recipe is required. Simply use your imagination to combine hearty ingredients into a bowl.

How To Make A Quick And Healthy Lunch Bowl


Composing the perfect healthy lunch bowl is easy because anything goes. You can take inspiration from your favorite cultural cuisine, like Asian food, Greek food, or Mexican food, and run with it. Use your leftovers to create your healthy lunch bowl, or precook ingredients at the beginning of the week to make your days of lunch preparation easier.

Here is a formula to follow when creating lunch bowls:

Healthy Lunch Bowl = Base + Greens + Protein + Fixings + Trimmings

Lunch Bowl

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The Base

The base is the bottom third of your bowl, and it is the substance that will fill you up. This could include grains, noodles, pasta, or starchy vegetables. The base can be cold or warmed up to suit your personal preference. Choose one or two bases, such as:

  • Quinoa
  • White or brown rice
  • Millet
  • Noodles
  • Pasta
  • Polenta
  • Squash
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Yams

Lunch Bowl

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The Greens

Layer your greens over the base to fill the bowl halfway. If you would like a lighter lunch, skip the base and go with enough greens to fill half the bowl. Leafy greens can be sautéed or raw. Keep in mind some of the options below may be too stiff to eat raw, but if your base is warm, it may adequately soften the raw greens. Add one or several greens, such as:

  • Spinach
  • Romaine
  • Kale
  • Swiss chard
  • Cabbage
  • Arugula
  • Radicchio

Lunch Bowl

1. Garlic and Lime Barbecue Chicken Salad 2. California Chicken, Veggie, Avocado and Rice Bowl 3. Vietnamese BBQ Shrimp Vermicelli Bowl 4.Roasted Nourish Bowl with Lemon Tahini Dressing 5. 7 Spice Teriyaki Chicken Rice Bowl

The Protein

This is where leftovers or precooked proteins come in handy. If you prefer, you can skip this component of the bowl entirely. Choose one or two proteins, such as:

  • Cooked or seasoned chicken, steak, pork, fish
  • Sashimi
  • Shrimp or prawns
  • Tuna
  • Bacon or pancetta
  • Boiled, poached, or scrambled eggs
  • Baked, stir-fried, or roasted tofu
  • Beans, quinoa, lentils,chickpeas, or edamame
  • Cheeses like bocconcini, feta, cottage, or Parmesan

The Fixings

This is the fun and colorful part of creating your bowl, so get creative with what you include. You can add your favorite raw, steamed, grilled, or roasted fixings to fill the bowl. Make sure to shred, chop, or cut the fixings to be bite-sized before adding them to the mix. Use fixings, such as:

  • Fruits like pineapples, berries, mangoes, papayas, apples, avocados, or grapes
  • Vegetables like cucumbers, carrots, broccoli, tomatoes, beets, radishes, peppers, Brussels sprouts, zucchini, corn, or asparagus

Lunch Bowl

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The Trimmings

For the final addition to the bowl, add extra flavor or texture with the trimmings. Include a few trimmings, such as:

  • Salad dressing (check out these 8 healthy salad dressing options)
  • Soy, hot, peanut, or tahini sauce
  • Onions
  • Herbs like cilantro, parsley, or dill
  • Dried seaweed
  • Nuts like cashews or almonds
  • Seeds like chia, sesame, flax, pumpkin, or hemp
  • Lemon or lime juice
  • Pomegranates
  • Sprouts
  • Olives
  • Salsa, guacamole, or hummus
  • Dried fruits like cherries, cranberries, or goji berries
  • Coconut flakes
  • Sauerkraut or kimchi

See: 7 Ways To Eat Healthy On A Tight Budget

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Bella Bucchiotti

Bella Bucchiotti is a college student living in British Columbia, Canada. Her blog, xoxoBella, highlights her love for food, fashion, friends, fitness and having fun.

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