Packing a lunch is never fun. Either you get stuck with leftovers, a boring sandwich or salad, or you have to pay too much to go out for food! Well, I have recently found a new favorite lunch to pack that’s easy prep and a great way to mix up your lunch – grain bowls! Follow this handy guide below for a grain bowl that’s packed with protein and flavor, and will keep you full until it’s time for dinner.
Start with the base
Keep it simple with healthy, hearty, grains like quinoa, brown rice, farro, or lentils (yes I know, technically a legume) these are all awesome ways to lay the base of a grain bowl that is packed with protein and will absorb all of the delicious flavors!
Add some greens
Let’s get healthy here! Mix in your favorite premade salad mix, or some fresh greens from your local co-op or farmer’s market. A helpful tip is to try and go for darker leafy greens like kale, arugula, or spinach, these are packed with a lot more vitamins and minerals than iceberg lettuce and they have great flavors!
You’ve got some proteins and carbs as well as vitamins and minerals, but let’s add some texture. Seeds and nuts are A great way to add more flavor and some texture, added flavor, and more protein to your grain bowl. Some of my favorites are, sunflower seeds, almonds, and pumpkin seeds!
Finish with some flare
Now, let’s finish this gran bowl in a big way! Let’s add some fun and added flavor, this is what is going to tie your grain bowl all together and heighten your lunch experience. When I say flare, try adding some cheese, creamy avocado, or a vinaigrette to add some zing! This part will also be the additive that has the most fat and calories, so while it is good in moderation, remember to use a light hand.
What’s your favorite grain bowl combination? Let us know in the comments below!