30+ Veggie Bowls to Keep Your Work Lunches Healthy!

 

I’m gonna be honest with you, for a while, I was struggling with getting enough veggies in my day— especially with a busy schedule and early mornings out the door. My routine breakfast always consists of oatmeal (aka no veggies), so lunch and dinner were left as my main sources of vegetables throughout the day. Dinners— yeah, I’m pretty good as getting a good 2-3 servings in, but lunches were not quite on par with where they should be.

I’ve always been a leftovers person, bringing last night’s dinner to work, but that didn’t always mean a veggie-loaded lunch. A lot of times that meant a hefty serving of last night’s pasta with the few remaining veggies scattered throughout. It was sad. I was left feeling tired, full, and honestly, not energized to teach my busy first graders for 4 more hours. Something had to change.

Enter: the veggie bowl! Veggie bowl, macro bowl, buddha bowl, power bowl… whatever you so choose to call it! It’s been my god-sent over the past few months, helping me increase my daily veggie intake in an easy to prepare, delicious way. My new year’s resolution was to have at least 3 different vegetables in each of my lunches, so these bowls were the perfect gateway to achieving my goal.

 

30+ Veggie Bowls to Keep Your Work Lunches Healthy {vegan, gf options} // pumpkin & peanut butter

 

So what do my lunches look like nowadays? They still include some leftovers, typically the base being the leftover grain from dinner the night before (brown rice, quinoa, brown rice pasta, whole wheat couscous, etc), topped with 3 different veggies (some of which may also be leftovers from dinner), a protein (beans, nuts, seeds), and some sort of healthy fat or sauce (avocado, peanut sauce, or my favorite ginger miso dressing).

It’s amazing how much more energized I’ve felt with all these added plants in my day! Even better, my body has been SO healthy over the past 2 months (even with all the colds and flus going around my classroom)— knock on wood! That’s definitely something to feel good about. So I thought I’d share some veggie bowl options with you today in case you’re feeling like you’re in a veggie-rutt like I was (most of them are from my ladies over at the BGB Community 🙂 ). There are just so so many choices when it comes to concocting your perfect veggie bowl, so start perusing these links and get cookin’!

 

30+ Veggie Bowls to Keep Your Work Lunches Healthy {vegan, gf options} // pumpkin & peanut butter

…quinoa bowls…

Thai Peanut Quinoa Salad // Kerri’s Fit Kitchen

Quinoa & Avocado Bowl // I Heart Vegetables

Spicy Cauliflower Power Bowl // Pumpkin & Peanut Butter {pictured}

Avocado Quinoa Harvest Bowl // In It 4 the Long Run

Quick & Easy Spring Veggie Bowl // Jill Conyers

Pomegranate Quinoa Kale Salad // Pumpkin & Peanut Butter

Wholesome Veggie Grain Bowl // Uproot Kitchen

Asian Quinoa Power Bowl with Ginger Miso Dressing // Fit Living

 

30+ Veggie Bowls to Keep Your Work Lunches Healthy {vegan, gf options} // pumpkin & peanut butter

…rice bowls…

Forbidden Black Rice Mango Salad // Healthy Helper Blog

Wild Rice Burrito Bowl with Cilantro-Lime Avocado Dressing // Diary of an Ex-Sloth

Curried Greens and Beans Rice Bowl // This Runner’s Recipes

Rainbow Veggie Bowls with Ginger Miso Dressing // Pumpkin & Peanut Butter {pictured}

Brown Rice Breakfast Bowl // Lean, Clean, & Brie

Vegan Pho Bowl // Om Nom Herbivore

Brown Rice Salad with Italian Tahini Dressing // The Conscientious Eater

 

30+ Veggie Bowls to Keep Your Work Lunches Healthy {vegan, gf options} // pumpkin & peanut butter

…protein packed bowls…

Orango Tofu Buddha Bowl // Pancake Warriors

Vegan Vietnamese Noodle Salad // Simple Medicine

Superfood Bowl with Avocado Vinaigrette // Pumpkin & Peanut Butter

Quinoa Baby Cakes with Herbed Tahini Sauce // Whole Hearted Eats

Thai Tempeh Buddha Bowl // Fit Mitten Kitchen {pictured}

White Bean & Basil Nourish Bowls // Dani California Cooks

The Ultimate Winter Bliss Bowls // Pinch of Yum

Quinoa Broccoli Protein Bowl // The Green Protein

Spicy BBQ Chickpea & Crispy Polenta Bowl with Ranch Hummus // Half Baked Harvest

 

30+ Veggie Bowls to Keep Your Work Lunches Healthy {vegan, gf options} // pumpkin & peanut butter

…veggie loaded bowls…

Raw Spiralized Thai Salad // Strength & Sunshine

BBQ Beet Power Bowl // Athletic Avocado

Thai Zucchini Noodle Bowls // Fooduzzi

Winter Massaged Kale Bowl // Pumpkin & Peanut Butter

Supergreens Macro Bowl // Rachl Mansfield {pictured}

Teriyaki Cauliflower Rice Bowls // Yup, It’s Vegan

Spring Roll Bowl // Pixel Sprout

Asian Veggie Noodle Bowl with Spicy Almond Sauce // Simple Fit Foodie

Roasted Sweet Potato Walnut Salad // Danielle’s Kitchen

 

pumpkinandpb

Hi, I’m Liz and this is my food blog where I share my love of healthy foods and whole ingredients. You will find mostly vegetarian dishes, plenty of sweets, and lots of love from this little kitchen in Durham, North Carolina!

10 Comments

  1. Oh man, these veggie bowls look so good! I’ve been feeling veggie-deprived lately because I have a pregnancy aversion to salads which makes it hard to get enough veggies but these bowls look perfect!

    • That’s so tough! Hopefully some of these bowls will spark your appetite 🙂

  2. Yum!!! I love bowls because they are typically SO easy and a great way to combine alot of different foods! Thanks for including one of my recipes in this roundup 🙂 Definitely checking out several of these bowls!

    • I couldn’t agree more Kathryn! Including the oatmeal haha 😉

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