Super Easy Island Sweet potato Lunch Bowl
Hey girl! First off let me just say thank you for visiting my blog and taking interest in what I eat! It’s taken me a loooong time to get comfortable blogging on the reg, so your interest is appreciated more than you know 😍
Anywho, I want to preface this recipe with the idea that lunch, in my opinion shouldn’t be taken lightly...! For a long time, lunch for me equated to something that I could scarf (like literally scarfff) down in 3 minutes which, surprise surprise, didn’t leave me feeling eager to be productive during the afternoon because I was lacking steady energy.
Becoming aware...becoming SELF aware I should say, of the things we do and what the impact of those things are is when real change starts happening. *it's pretty freakin' magical*
Ok now for this recipe, I have to be honest, I made it up on the spot in a matter of 3 minutes after looking at what pre-prepped components I already had in my fridge.* 🍴
It was a day I knew I had lots of work to get done therefore I had to make something to bring that was going to bring me steady energy but not weight me down while I was trying to work 💁🏽♀️🤓
Note: This is not meant to be a “ hearty” meal so if you plan on making this for lunch after skipping breakfast (why would you do that 😳), you may not feel satisfied. Consider this a light lunch, perfect to bring with you to work on a summer day that won't leave you craving sitting there, unable to be productive because you are digesting too much (lol) or hyper focused for an hour off of a sugar rush only to crash an hour later. This is a really nice balance of complex carbs and fiber that work together to give you steady energy without a major peak or dip.
1 medium cooked sweet potato
- 1/2 cup cooked quinoa
- 1-2 cups baby kale (baby kale is not bitter like regular kale but you still get all the vitamins & good stuff--you're welcome ;)
- Handful organic baby carrots
- 1/2 avocado
- 2 Tbsp Trader Joe's Island Soyaki Sauce
- Salt-Free Garlic & Herb Blend
- 1/2 Cup Sautéed peppers, white onion, & broccoli florets** Optional for a more filling lunch
*Note: I bulk-prep most of these components every week so all I have to do is reach into the fridge and grab the pre-made ingredients and toss together---11/10 highly recommend!
1) Use bowl or tupperware that you will be bringing this lunch in as the mixing bowl to make life that much easier...
Place the baby kale in your bowl or tupp & pour all of the sauce over top--use hands to mix into greens so all the leaves are covered!
2) Chop cooked sweet potato and carrots into bite-able pieces--toss right on top.
3) Add quinoa and **optional sautéed veggies right in there...
4) Slice avocado and place right on top!
5) Eat right away or bring with ya to work or wherever you have to go.
This bowl/salad is not supposed to be dripping in dressing or super sauce-y. Instead, it's supposed to be fresh and light! If you are just transitioning into a healthy lifestyle, you may be craving extra dressing or something crunchy and salty to satisfy what your taste buds are used to. Acknowledge that your taste buds actually started out appreciating simple food--our culture just sorta wrecked us! Every meal is an opportunity to re-train your taste buds to love simple, healing foods.
**For the sautéed veggies, I simple cut up a couple bell peppers, 1/4 of a white onion, and about one medium head of broccoli and sauté them in either 1/2 tablespoon of coconut oil or olive oil & season with black pepper--depends on what flavor I'm going for!
Eat This For
1) Weight Loss
This meal has fiber from just about every part a' town. Sweet potato is loaded with fiber, as is quinoa, kale and avocado! Fiber is your friend if you are trying to slim down because it 1) takes a long time to digest-- keeping you satisfied longer 2) prevents insulin spikes that can lead to fat storage 3) acts like a little Swifter in your digestive track, grabbing onto toxins and gunk that can stack up and make you bloated.
2) Digestion Issues
*Cough* Like constipation *Cough* how glamorous right? Nobody likes to talk about it, but after suffering for 2 years with some seeerrious problems--I realized that we need to. All this fiber mentioned above does amazing things for your digestive track. So long as you are drinking enough water and don't have a digestive disorder, fiber will help things move along...so you are not stopped up!
3) Sweet Cravings
Cravings mean one thing--you are out of balance in some way. Maybe you eat too much sugar on the reg, or have wacky hormones, or are just PMS-ing or whatever it may be...Fiber, the attention wh*re of this recipe, in combination with good fat--from the avocado will satiate you and knock out cravings pretty fast!
Please let me know if you try this out and what your thoughts are! How did you feel after? Did it serve you in some way? Because as always...that's the goal. Finding foods that are like high quality fuel for a Porshe --you being the Porshe, your food being either crappy diesel or the premium fuel.