I’ve been ALL about the bowls lately. So much so, that I’ve come to decide that veggie bowls are the perfect lunch food. Healthy, filling, versatile, easy to make, leftover-friendly, and oh-so-tasty!! And best of all, they don’t leave me feeling like blahhhhhh after I’m done eating them— which is essential for me since I still have 4 hours of chasing after 6-year-olds after lunch!
Back in January, I shared with you this great post I read about a nutritionist’s tips on packing a healthy lunch. One tip was aiming to add three different vegetables to your lunch every day. Now, I already eat pretty nutritious lunches on a regular basis, but I’m the first to admit that veggies are not always the bulk of my plate (or tupperware). But after reading this article, I was instantly hooked on this goal. Increasing your plant intake at the point in the day when you need energy the MOST— why I never thought of that before, I just will never know!
This new goal of 3 plants at lunch came at the perfect time because I’ve also been doing A LOT of nutrition reading lately. The more I’ve been reading about digestion, the more I’m realizing that this plant-based diet we follow is SO SO important.
Veggies are like candy for our gut— nourishing it, helping it thrive, and ultimately nourishing the rest of our body (because almost everything is effected by our gut health). Our body absolutely needs these fiber-rich foods, not only for their nutrients, but also to stabilize our blood-sugar and keep our energy levels high. And I’m not even mentioning all the other amazing benefits of eating a high-veggie diet, like fighting diseases, lowering cholesterol, keeping our skin healthy, and helping us maintain a healthy weight.
So basically what I’m saying is— let’s all eat more veggies! Beginning with this Rainbow Veggie Bowl!
You could really use any variety of veggies to create a similar bowl (aka whatever is leftover in your fridge), but I decided to literally eat the rainbow here with some juicy grape tomatoes, crunchy carrots, steamed sugar snap peas, and bright colored red cabbage. I added a big ol’ scoop of roasted garlic hummus… because, hummus… and smothered it all with this tangy miso ginger dressing! Which is also SUPER healthy for you, thanks to that gut-friendly miso paste (if you want to read more about the health benefits of miso, check out this post). Talk about a nutritious lunch win!
Now, let’s all have a healthy, happy, veggie-filled Wednesday!