We’re all about bowls at Rootastes. They’re visually appealing (#lunchbowl), delicious, and healthy. But we believe lunch should be better than healthy, that it should be loaded with nutrients to keep you powered through the remainder of the workday. That’s why we’re sharing our favorite nutrient-dense bowl recipes!
Nori Roll in a Bowl
With a quinoa base and topped with omega-3 rich foods such as tuna and avocado, the Nori Roll in a Bowl is the ultimate brain feast. Studies have shown the correlation between low levels of omega-3s in the diet with impaired brain performance and cognitive disease, so eat you brain food!
This savory bowl is topped with asparagus spears, radishes, sprouts, nori, and a Tahini Miso Turmeric dressing for anti-inflammation benefits.
Mediterranean Buddha Bowl
The Mediterranean diet is all the rage here at Rootastes (check out our fall menu!) and for good reason. Consistently ranked the #1 diet, the Mediterranean diet is savory, easy-to-follow, and nutrient dense. Centered on fresh and locally grown foods, the Mediterranean diet is loaded with crunchy produce, healthy fats, filling whole grains, and herbs and spices for flavor instead of salt.
That’s why we love this Mediterranean Buddha Bowl. It’s easily customizable as the recipe recommends a variety of ingredients. Use one or all in the greens, veggies, complex carbs, and protein categories, but be sure to make the falafel, hummus, and dressing. Those ingredients add the Mediterranean flair and tie this bowl together.
Prebiotic and Probiotic Macro Bowl
Restore digestive balance and build a healthy gut with the Prebiotic and Probiotic Macro Bowl. The prebiotic ingredients (raw vegetables) help feed the probiotic ingredients (sauerkraut). Macronutrients include complex carbs, fat, and proteins. This recipe calls for eggs and half an avocado, adding nutrient-density to the bowl. A drizzle of kefir tops it all off for even more probiotic power.
Seeded Warm Goat Cheese Salad
This savory and sweet salad bowl has super food spinach as a base and is topped with antioxidant-loaded blueberries and goat cheese coated in sesame seeds for rich flavors. The dressing is an olive oil base, adding healthy fats to the mix.
Antioxidants are essential for combatting free radicals, which “hit” the DNA in every cell of the human body about 10,000 times a day. Along with protecting DNA, antioxidants defend against dementia, protect the heart, and more. Blueberries are among the top sources of antioxidants, making this salad tasty and nutrient-dense.
Sweet Potato Taco Bowl
With a southwestern flair this Sweet Potato Taco Bowl is dense with complex carbs and fiber (hello, beans!) to keep you full, fat to feed your brain, and a variety of seasonings to spice up the flavors! Topped with juicy corn and tomatoes, you’ll want to cheer “Olé!”
Lunch should be mouth watering, but it should also be dense and full of nutrients to power you through the afternoon. Give any of these bowl recipes a try or make up your own ideas! Happy lunching.
Meg is a dreamer, entrepreneur, and homesteader based in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. She loves her cats, feasting, and road trips in her green VW Bug.