This post is sponsored by Core Life Eatery.
Healthy should be easy
As much as I love home-cooked meals, making my own breakfast, lunch, and dinner (with snacks in between) is not a reality! I like to make sure I have a few grab-and-go restaurants bookmarked for when I'm in a pinch and don't want to compromise.
That's why I love Core Life Eatery! Not only do they make meals with great, good-for-you ingredients, they make it super easy to customize your plate with so many options! Also, they ditched their freezer and their fryer, so you know every bite is fresh AF.
I collaborated with Core Life Eatery on this post to show you how easy it can be to build a healthy lunch bowl when on-the-go. You'll find the 5 Steps to Building A Balanced Lunch Bowl below!
As always, with food the most important thing is to listen to your body. If there are certain foods that don't agree with you or you're sensitive to, there's no need to compromise! There's an abundance of healthy swaps available.
1. It's All About That base
When building a lunch bowl, you want to make sure it's hearty and satisfying! Starting off with a complex carbohydrates is a great place to start.
Some of my favorite complex carbohydrates come in the form of root vegetables (potatoes, sweet potatoes, parsnips, beets, etc.) - for this bowl, I opted for purple rice! I don't eat rice often, but it looked to good not to try!
2. pile on the veggies
The more veggies, the better! I try to aim to have half of my lunch bowl consist of vegetables.
Vegetables are provide satisfying fiber and nourishing micronutrients. For this lunch bowl, I opted for arugula (one of my favorite greens - I love the flavor), mushrooms, and pickled cabbage. As you'll see later on, I added some cooked veggies as well!
Everyone's protein needs are different - what might work for someone else might not work for you. Listen to your body!
For this lunch bowl, I opted for steak and some falafel! Core Life Eatery's steak is perfectly cooked and flavorful. Also, their falafel is baked (not fried, hence the vibrant green color), so it was a fun option to add to my bowl for some variety.
4. Keep gut health in mind
With my lunch, I always try to incorporate something that supports gut health. In this case, I add a cup of Core Life Eatery's bone broth to my lunch bowl! Bone broth has been shown to help with leaky gut syndrome, improve joint health, and boost the immune system - plus, it adds great flavor!
Other gut-friendly items I like to incorporate into my meals:
Pickled vegetables (like onion or cabbage)
Fresh ginger or fennel
Cultured vegetables (like sauerkraut or kimchi)
Kombucha or coconut kefir (Core Life Eatery carries one of my favorite Kombucha brands, so that was a nice little treat)
5. eat your heart out (but don't overdo it)
And there you have it! Your balanced lunch bowl is ready to eat!
As you can see, this lunch bowl was HUGE, so I only at about a third of it and saved the rest for some other meals.
Appropriate meal portions vary depending on a number of factors, including lifestyle, activity level, gender, and more. Do what's right for you - and if you start to feel full, put down the fork. It's ok to not finish your meal. And leftovers are always great in my book!