Living plant based emphasizes eating a fresh array of the vibrant colors that nature has to offer. “Eating the rainbow” is a good way to put it. Each color provides unique nutrients; all of which are essential for our bodies to function and thrive, so eating a variety of plants and changing it up is key. An easy way to change it up is to eat with the seasons. That way, you’re incorporating new veggies/fruits in your diet and saving on your grocery bill. It forces you to venture out, get creative and try new foods.
What I love about this Rainbow Glow Bowl is that it can be anything you want it to be. The possibilities are endless. When I want to make a Rainbow Glow Bowl, I open the fridge and pick out whatever I have on hand. My grocery list keeps me on track with picking out lots of colors from the store and makes it easy to whip up a quick, super fresh and nourishing bowl at home. They make the perfect lunch!
Sometimes my bowls end up being fully raw and other times I include cooked grains, legumes and steamed vegetables, but usually it’s a mix between the two. The more raw veggies you add, the better 🙂 that way, you are feeding your cells living nutrients, phytochemicals and enzymes with fiber, vitamins and minerals. Raw foods are crucial for immune health, digestive health and reducing your risk for chronic disease. They also feed your skin, hair, nails and help to achieve a healthy glow.
I created 2 different bowls for examples. If you are new to the veggie-lovin’ life or you need some rainbow inspiration, try these recipes first and go from there.
The first bowl includes:
2 big handfuls of leafy greens – spring mix and kale
1 cup cauliflower florets
1/2 of a yellow bell pepper, sliced
1/2 cup chopped purple cabbage
1 cup chopped English cucumber (they are seedless)
2 tablespoons hummus
sprinkle of hemp hearts (this is my favorite brand)
??lemon turmeric oil-free dressing: 2 tablespoons raw apple cider vinegar, juice from 1/2 lemon, 1 heaping tablespoon spicy dijon mustard, 1 teaspoon maple syrup, 1/4 teaspoon turmeric, sea salt and pepper to taste
The second bowl includes:
2 big handfuls of leafy greens – spinach and kale
1 cup of cauliflower florets
1/2 cup chopped purple cabbage
3 radishes (sliced)
1/2 cup chickpeas
sprinkle of hemp hearts
spicy kick of jalape?o slices
simple tahini dressing from this recipe
How to Customize your Rainbow Glow Bowl:
In a bowl, lay a big bed of leafy greens, arrange your choice of vegetables, grains, plant protein + toppings. Dress with a simple dressing and enjoy the rainbow glow.
1) Leafy greens – 1 or 2 big handfuls
- spring mix
2) Veggies + Veggies + more Veggies ♥ 2 or more cups (raw or lightly steamed)
- purple cabbage
- bell peppers – any color
- brussels sprouts
3) Cooked Grains – about 1/2 cup
- brown rice
- sweet potato, cubed
4) Plant Protein
- 1/2 cup edamame
- 1/2 cup lentils
- 1/2 cup beans – chickpeas, cannelini, fava, black beans, kidney etc.
- 2 tablespoons hummus
- 1/2 of an avocado
- 2 tablespoon hemp hearts
- 2 tablespoons nuts/seeds – sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, almonds
5) Simple and fresh Dressing – like the ones listed above or:
- vinegar – balsamic, apple cider or red wine
- fresh lemon/lime juice
- nutritional yeast – for B vitamins and a “cheesy” taste
- fresh herbs – cilantro, parsley, mint etc.
- coconut flakes/chips
- ground flaxseed
- chia seeds
- fermented veggies
The whole idea is to eat lots of raw greens and veggies! Customize it to your liking and don’t feel like you have to add each category. Have fun with it 🙂 I want to see your creative and colorful glow bowls too so don’t forget to tag me in your pictures, I love to see your creations.
Check out my other loved Glow Bowl recipes too!