Rainbow Soul Bowls

I love the word Soul Bowl when it comes to food, it insinuates something so nourishing, wholesome, fun and delicious. Which is indeed the aim of my soul bowls!

10593117_10152728936112770_444476840645581191_nI often hear people say that they don’t have the time to prepare healthy food for themselves, or that their budget doesn’t allow for things like organic vegetables and expensive super foods.

In my opinion, eating well is worth both the time and money! Alas, it also doesn’t need to be time consuming nor expensive. These soul bowls are easy to prepare, you can use anything you have on hand and they serve to nourish your body and delight your tastebuds simultaneously!

I like to use a combination of fresh salad, cooked or raw vegetables, protein, carbohydrates and healthy fats. Below is a list of different foods for each category, simply select from the various options to create your own unique combination!

 

Salad/ Raw Vegetables-

  • fresh leafy greens (lettuce, spinach, kale, rocket, sorrel etc)
  • cucumber
  • tomatoes
  • sunflower sprouts or micro greens
  • grated beetroot
  • grated carrot
  • radish
  • snow peas
  • cabbage

Cooked Vegetables-

  • sweet potat
  • pumpkin
  • green beans
  • zucchini
  • asparagus
  • parsnip
  • squash
  • artichoke

Protein-10403579_10152728936467770_8693974172797983244_n

  • tempeh
  • tofu (use organic if possible, tempeh is preferable as it is a fermented soy or can be made from chickpeas or other pulses)
  • kidney beans
  • black beans
  • chickpeas
  • activated nuts and seeds
  • quinoa
  • millet
  • leafy greens (yep- protein!)

 

Carbohydrates-

  • brown rice
  • rice noodles
  • potato
  • cous cous
  • spelt pasta
  • soba noodles
  • udon noodles

Healthy Fats-

  • avocado
  • nuts or seeds
  • flaxseed oil
  • hempseed oil
  • tahini
  • coconut oil

Additional Toppings-

  • fresh herbs
  • lemon or lime juice
  • nutritional yeast
  • seaweed
  • himalayan salt

10622776_372015626295196_6624844282275350253_nAnd there you have it- an endless array of delicious meals to create! You can make things even easier for yourself by cooking a big batch of quinoa or brown rice that you can use over a few days. Same with pulses- cook up a big batch that will see you through a couple of meals. You can prepare your salad ingredients so they are ready to go in containers in the fridge and even make your favourite dressing and keep that in a jar ready to go- a good dressing will make any soul bowl delicious!

Have fun and follow your intuition, soon you will be able to listen in closer to what it is your body feels like each day- maybe it needs a little extra protein (so combine something such as quinoa, activated nuts and a chickpea hummus) or maybe you’re craving comfort foods (Like sweet potato and brown rice), maybe you want something light (focus on fresh salad and maybe some steamed tofu). The combinations are endless…