How to Build a Power Bowl: Simple Meal Prep Ideas

It’s pretty obvious that salads and bowls are my thing. Not only are they incredibly nutritious, but their simplicity, endless combinations, and deliciousness make bowls our favorite thing to meal prep. In just an hour (or less!), turn one bowl combination into five magical servings you can enjoy all week (while saving time, money, and your sanity). Read on to learn how to build the perfect, prep-ahead bowl.

How to Build a Power Bowl | Healthy, gluten-free bowl recipes. | Loveleaf Co.

To build the perfect power bowl, simply pick your ingredients from the lists below, prep the components, and store in the fridge until you’re ready to assemble (and eat!). The combinations are endless; create your own or try some of our summer favorites.

How to Build a Power Bowl | Healthy, gluten-free bowl recipes. | Loveleaf Co.
How to Build a Power Bowl | Healthy, gluten-free bowl recipes. | Loveleaf Co.
    How to Build a Power Bowl | Healthy, gluten-free bowl recipes. | Loveleaf Co.

    THE SIMPLE FORMULA FOR DELICIOUS, PREP-AHEAD BOWLS

    Green Base + Protein + Veggies and Fruit + Healthy Carb + Something Fancy + Dressing


    GREEN BASE
    + choose 1
    (1 large handful per serving)

    lettuce
    spring mix
    baby spinach
    baby kale
    lacinato kale
    arugula
    shredded cabbage


    VEGGIES AND FRUIT
    + choose 2-3 (1/2-1 cup per serving)
    cucumber
    red peppers
    cherry tomatoes
    roasted eggplant, broccoli, or cauliflower
    carrots
    asparagus
    green beans
    zucchini or yellow squash
    berries

    PROTEIN
    + choose 1
    (1 palm-sized portion per serving)
    chicken or turkey
    beef
    lamb
    pork
    fish or shrimp
    canned tuna or salmon
    tofu or tempeh
    hard boiled eggs


    HEALTHY CARB
    + choose 1 (1/2 cup per serving)
    whole grains (rice, quinoa, farro)
    lentils
    roasted sweet or regular potatoes
    noodles or pasta
    beets
    corn
    plantains


    SOMETHING FANCY
    + choose 1-2 (1-2 tablespoons per serving)
    nuts or seeds
    cheese
    olives
    fresh herbs
    avocado or guacamole
    dried fruit
    tahini
    kimchi or sauerkraut
    nutritional yeast


    DRESSING
    + choose 1 (about 1/4 cup per serving)
    balsamic vinaigrette
    spicy peanut dressing
    greek vinaigrette
    basil yogurt dressing
    cumin-lime dressing
    make your own


    Once you choose your bowl ingredients, it's prep time! Decide on an hour to prep (I like Sunday or Monday night), turn up the music, pour a glass of wine, and get prepping. Store your prepped ingredients in separate air-tight containers in the fridge until you're ready to assemble your bowls (I'm kinda obsessed with these Glasslock containers). And voilà: a week's worth of fast food that's actually good for you.

    How to Build a Power Bowl | Healthy, gluten-free bowl recipes. | Loveleaf Co.
      How to Build a Power Bowl | Healthy, gluten-free bowl recipes. | Loveleaf Co.

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