If your bologna sandwich in a Ziploc bag seems to lose its appeal by the time lunch rolls around, you need to shake things up and add some flavor to your routine.
Buddha bowls are the perfect antidote to your boring office lunch. They're healthy, nutritious, and a snap to put together quickly.
The idea is simple: mix a bunch of fresh veggies in a bowl, add a healthy grain like quinoa or chickpeas, then mix in some flavor with a little bit of seasoning and voila: a meal that you can really look forward to.
We've found 5 of our favorite takes on this trend, but if nothing catches your eye this meal has unlimited variations.
Who said eating your vegetables couldn't taste really, really good? Sweet potatoes, brown rice, beans and fennel seeds make this bowl almost like a healthy dessert. Add a little spice with a bit of kimchi on the side.
This recipe combines carrots, black rice, cucumbers and radishes for a great mix of flavors and textures. Plus the chick peas are a great source of protein.
The great thing about these dishes is they are deceptively simple. This bowl makes couscous, mushrooms and kale the star of the dish, but you get great flavors from seasonings like lemon juice, ground cashews and parsley - not unhealthy salt.
You don't need to be vegan to enjoy these, but it helps. Research shows that adding more vegetarian meals to your diet decreases your risk of high blood pressure and heart conditions. You can mix these ahead and be sure you'll have a healthy(ish) week.
Once you've gotten the hang of your Buddha bowl, shake up your routine again by adding seasonal flavors. Ever tried pumpkin? It's a great pair for sweet flavors like pomegranates and sweet potato.