One of the fastest ways to modify your diet, when you are trying to lose weight, is to include more healthy proteins in every meal. Proteins are the body’s preferred nutritional source and provide more energy without the drowsiness associated high-carbohydrate foods and snacks.
The hard part is finding proteins that are fast and easy to make, and meals that fit in with our busy lifestyles. When we all think of proteins, we tend to think of meat sources, but there are many other sources that are easily incorporated into a nutritionally balanced meal.
Power bowls are the not-so-secret solution to the problem of finding protein enriched meals for breakfast, lunch or dinner. There are so many options to try, but we asked our family and friends for some of their favorite recipes, which we’d like to share with you. Experiment with great flavors and satisfying meals, that will support your weight-loss goals.
Breakfast Power Bowl
A healthy protein-rich breakfast will fuel you all the way to lunch, without tempting you to snack in between. But after a lifetime of eating sweets like donuts, or muffins for breakfast, we can be a little programmed to want something sugary with our morning coffee or tea. What we love about this Raw Apple-Cinnamon and Chia breakfast bowl, is that it has all the great flavors of apple pie. Cinnamon has anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants, which can help lower your risk for many chronic diseases.
Get the recipe from BlissfulBasil.com
Protein Rich Packable Lunch
When you work outside the home, and in an office full of busy people, it’s tempting to go out for lunch or grab some quick and economical fast food. But with a little meal preparation and some culinary creativity, you can create a whole week of packed protein bowls, that are delicious and healthier for you. Like this refrigerator friendly Quinoa Egg and Avocado bowl.
Get the recipe from InspiredEdibles.com
Dinner Made Easy
Advanced meal preparation may seem like extra work on the weekend. But when you consider how much time (and money) it saves you versus dining out or cooking convenience meals through the week, it’s definitely worth it.
Make midweek meals easy, by incorporating some fast protein bowls for dinner. This meal idea for Spicy Peanut Portobello Kale Rice Bowl tastes just like getting Thai takeout. The difference? It’s not loaded in unhealthy carbs.
Get the recipe from HappyHealthyLife.com
A Nutritious Snack Idea
What we love about this snack bowl recipe for Black Bean and Quinoa, is that you can double or even triple the ingredients. Have a fresh salad ready to go, anytime you want something healthy to snack on. It can stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to three days, and the lemon juice will prevent it from changing color if stored in an airtight container. And it is also perfect for work lunches, just take a cooler bag if you don’t have a cafeteria fridge to store it in.
Get the recipe from Tasty.com
One of the best things about protein bowls is that you can do a bulk meal and ingredient preparation ahead of time. That means on the weekend (when your schedule isn’t so hectic), you can prepare all the toppings in air-tight containers and have them ready to go! That is healthy eating made easy! Try out some of our suggestions, and if you enjoy them, leave us a comment or share a link for your favorite power bowl recipe. Or email us your suggestion to firstname.lastname@example.org.