What’s for lunch? Rice and Veggie bowls! Throwing whatever vegetables we have on hand in a bowl of rice with a little bit of hummus is a go to lunch around here. Not to mention its a pretty simple and fast meal. Its great because you can use your favorite raw veggies or get adventurous and try some new ones (perhaps try sprouting some sprouts at home. It is SO EASY! Blog post coming soon about how to do that).
Our favorite bowls usually have some brown rice (you could use quinoa here too), cucumbers, carrots, sprouts, avocados, cabbage or lettuce and hummus. Whatever you got, you just throw it all in! We sometimes also like to throw in some sauerkraut (ew yes I KNOW sauerkraut?! Its actually really beneficial for aiding in digestion. Its full of enzymes and probiotics to help you out. Get a good quality one or make your own) and cilantro.
Having a plant based meal (no animal protein) for lunch is great for your digestion. Assuming you’ve had your Everyday Green Smoothie a little while before, you are ensuring that your belly is full of easy to break down vegetables and you aren’t clogging it all up with not so easy to break down, animal protein (save that for later in the day). So its a good idea to go plant based for lunch a majority of the time. You won’t feel as heavy or weighed down and your body will love you so much more for it. It is also a good idea to take your digestive enzymes. I will say that I am not perfect but we try to follow this rule as best as we can!
Rice and Veggie Bowl
(Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegan)
BOWL OF RICE OR QUINOA
SCOOP OF HUMMUS
A SMALL HANDFUL OF SPROUTS
SLICES OF CUCUMBER
SLICES OR STINGS OF CARROTS
SLICES OF AVOCADO
TAMARI SAUCE TO TASTE
OPTIONAL: CILANTRO AND OR SAUERKRAUT TO TOP
TAKE THE BOWL OF COOKED RICE AND TOP WITH ALL OF THE REST OF INGREDIENTS. SERVE AND ENJOY!
Sprouts: Sprouts are a pretty magical food! You’re essentially taking a this tiny seed and unleashing its sprouting power, exposing more proteolytic enzymes that helps you break down carbohydrates and proteins. By helping break down your food more effectively, you are increasing the nutrient absorption in your digestive tract. Sprouts are also packed with a pretty impressive vitamin and mineral content. They’re loaded not only dietary fiber but with vitamin A, vitamin, C, niacin, thiamin, vitamin K, folate, copper, zinc, magnesium, iron and calcium. So the next time you’re eating sprouts, think about how much they’re helping your body and digestion out!