A protein bowl is a balanced meal stacked in one colorful bowl. It intentionally looks like it’s Instagram-worthy that no one will know that you might be feeding on leftovers.
Protein vessels (also called protein energy vessels) contain protein, grains, and vegetables.
It’s super easy to make – just throw everything into a bowl and mix it up!
It is a convenient way to convert ingredients from group cooking or leftovers to a new meal. You can also make vegan and vegan versions by swapping plant proteins.
Most protein dishes are salty, but if you’re a fan of dessert, you can make a sweet version of protein powder, fruit, and a little imagination. Our good example is watermelon Bahama Smash Bowl.
Are Protein Bowls Good For You? Can they help lose weight? Absolutely!
The main ingredients in protein energy dishes – lean proteins, whole grains, and vegetables – make the meal full of satiety. Protein and fiber are two main nutrients that are known to help you You feel full for a longer time.
Well let’s start! Here are five easy steps to making protein energy bowls.
NB: Serving sizes suggested below for cereals, proteins, fats, and sauces, depending on your weight gain or weight loss target, will vary individually.
Step 1: Fill the base with vegetables
Fill half of the bowl with cooked, uncooked vegetables.
Fresh veggies stack the bowl and add a tangy crunch factor. Try favorites like:
- Leafy greens
- Chopped turnip
Play with different knife styles like matchstick, dice, chiffon or julienne to create a beautiful energy bowl.
Cooked vegetables, especially roasted, add more flavor to your energy bowl. To get started, try group cooking for any of the following:
Step 2: Eat whole grains
“My favorite ingredients for energy bowls are leftovers,” says Holly Mackie Clark, Beachbody Culinary Specialist.
“The remaining grains are great in these stacked dishes for lunch. If I make quinoa or farro for a meal, I usually cook a little extra and store it separately in the fridge when I absolutely want it in a power bowl. Half a cup for lunch is perfect. A nice serving of fiber. Plus delicious chews with every bite. “
Other whole grains that work well include:
- Brown rice
Step 3: fill it up with lean protein
It can help to get enough lean protein Muscle building and repair. Leftover chicken, beef, pork, and grated or shredded fish make an illogical addition to protein energy dishes.
But what if you don’t have leftovers?
Try making a quick trip to the grocery store to buy canned tuna, roast chicken, or frozen chicken strips (try to make sure your pick isn’t baked and doesn’t have a lot of added salt).
Eggs, shrimp, and salmon are good options because they don’t take long to cook on the stovetop.
You can even make it vegetarian and skip the meat completely.
“Beans contain plant-based protein and are loaded with filling fiber as well. I always have a few cans of assorted beans on hand. A large serving size of protein for a vegetarian diet is half a cup. Four to six ounces of lightly fried tofu or tempeh can be done,” says Mackie Clark. Put them nicely in a bowl, too. “
Step 4: add the toppings
Lids give the protein bowl even more variety. You can adjust it depending on what is available in your pantry. The options are endless but they include:
- Avocado sliced
- dried fruit
- Shredded cheese
If you’re making a vegan power bowl, McKee-Clark highly recommends adding nuts.
“Although they have a higher percentage of fats per gram than other proteins, they are healthy fats,” she says. “Adding a tablespoon of almonds, peanuts, or cashews will give you a few extra grams of crunchy protein. Choose unsalted or raw, whenever possible.”
Step 5: refine it
If you add in seasoned and cooked proteins and vegetables, the last layer of flavor comes from the refinement of your protein bowl.
You don’t need to stick to just one sauce. You can sprinkle a little citrus vinegar, then put a little of the sauce with a spoon into the bowl before mixing.
McKee-Clark’s advice to get the maximum flavor out of these dishes: “I love. Worcestershire sauce. It’s not just for steaks on the grill; it’s delicious everywhere. A splash in vinaigrette will bring an indefinable umami flavor.”
“Beware: If you are a vegetarian, fish sauce is usually found in Worcestershire sauce. Get a kosher version, and it is vegan. If you start with a thick sauce, you will be able to spread the dressing even more with 1-2 tablespoons of water,” she adds.