This post is sponsored by my wonderful friends at Bob’s Red Mill! We’re using their Chia Seeds for this Feel Good Superfood Grain Bowl.
Hi hi hi! Let’s talk about this feel good bowl of love right here.
I mean, it’s beautiful, isn’t it? Food is so beautiful.
This bowl right here is my definition of “feel good food.” It has the textures, flavors, and all around yumness that makes me just so happy. Like, I sit down with a giant bowl of this in-hand and just smile like a complete and total goon and I love it.
You know what else makes me smile like a complete and total goon? Mark! aka. my main squeeze and the guy whose birthday is this week!
We celebrated over the weekend by spending a wonderful day in the city filled with acai bowls and Italian food, and we had a complete and total blast. Sometimes it’s hard for two total Type As to give ourselves time to relax and chill, so celebration day was a huge success if I do say so myself. A “Feel Good Day,” if you will.
So some “Feel Good Food” is the perfect accompaniment to that “Feel Good Day” we had this weekend. And it doesn’t get more “feel good” than this superfood bowl right here.
It’s so jam-packed with foods that’ll make you feel 100% totally awesome:
–Kale! Duh. But we’ll give it a nice rub down with olive oil, lime juice, and garlic powder to help it wilt a bit and make it much more…edible. I’m the first to say that raw kale is nasty if you don’t treat it right (much like brussels sprouts). Massaging it is the way to go. Trust me.
–Quinoa! Or any grain. I’m on a quinoa kick at the moment, and I’m a fan of it in these bowls. But I know that rice, buckwheat, millet, etc. will all work great, so feel free to choose yo fave!
–Hemp Hearts! Total hippie food, but I love them. I told you in my vlog that I literally yelped and ran across the isle at Trader Joe’s to grab a bag of hemp hearts a few weeks ago. And that’s because I love them so much. They pack a powerful dose of omega-3s and 6s and protein, and they taste creamy and nutty. I love them, and if you haven’t tried them, definitely give them a chance!
–Pomegranates! Yes yes yes! Little gems of beautifulness! Fun fact: my mom and I used to de-seed SIX pomegranates at a time when I was younger. I can’t even fathom that now because they are a total pain to de-seed, BUT they’re absolutely worth it. They’re packed with antioxidants, and they have the best crunchy flavor. If you’re not a fan, or you just don’t have the patience to de-seed a pomegranate (no judgement here), try blueberries or craisins.
–Pumpkin Seeds! One of my favorite seeds because they’re creamy and crunchy. They’re so yummy. Pro tip: I like to buy just a handful of them from the bulk area of my local Whole Foods so that they’re a little cheaper.
–Avocado! It wouldn’t be a superfood bowl without it.
–Chia Seeds! YES. We’re throwing chia seeds in a grain bowl! When the Bob’s Red Mill crew sent me some chia seeds to use in a recipe this month, I wanted to think outside the box. We’ve done chia pudding, chia granola (twice), chia scones, chia cookies…I wanted something different. A giant grain bowl full of health seemed like the perfect option to me! They’re full of antioxidants and omega-3s and fiber, so they keep you fuller, longer. Plus they’re addictively crunchy, making them the perfect healthy sprinkles for these bowls. Definitely pick up a bag (or two!) from Bob’s Red Mill!
I hope you give this superfood grain bowl a try! It’s a great make-ahead meal, so I could totally see you munching on this baby to get some superfood power in the middle of your workday. Or! You could prep it for dinner to give you all the good vibes before bed. Yum yum yum.
Feel Good Superfood Grain Bowl
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A vegan & gluten free grain bowl packed with so many superfoods! Perfect for lunch or dinner.
- For the bowls:
- 1/2 cup quinoa
- 3-4 large handfuls kale leaves
- 1 lime, juiced
- 1 Tbsp. olive oil
- salt + pepper
- 3 Tbsp. hemp hearts
- 1 pomegranate, arils removed
- 1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds
- 1 avocado, diced
- 3 Tbsp. Bob's Red Mill Chia Seeds
- For the dressing:
- 2 limes, juice
- 1 Tbsp. olive oil
- 1/8 tsp. granulated garlic
- salt + pepper
- Cook your quinoa according to package instructions. Set aside.
- Meanwhile, put your kale in a large bowl. Cover with the juice of 1 lime, 1 Tbsp. olive oil, salt, and pepper, and massage until the leaves become bright green and slightly wilted. Allow to sit until the quinoa is cooled.
- When the quinoa is almost at room temperature*, mix it with your kale. Top with hemp hearts, pomegranate arils, pumpkin seeds, avocado, and chia seeds. Mix to combine.
- Make the dressing: Mix all ingredients in a small bowl or jar. Pour over salad and mix to combine. Serve immediately or store in an air-tight container in the fridge.
A special thanks goes to Bob’s Red Mill for sponsoring this post! Check out more delicious healthy recipes, snag coupons, and find stores near you at BobsRedMill.com!
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