I have had a journey with food. Five years ago, I was working a desk job and eating lunch out every. single. day. The thought of preparing my own food and taking it with me to work? Hell no. I could not be bothered.
It wasn't until I got sick with a slew of chronic symptoms that I started to experience the very HEALING and restorative qualities of food.
I've done Atkins, Paleo, Whole30, vegetarian. I've counted calories and weighed my food. I've done intermittent fasting, multiple day fasts, and juice cleanses. What have I found? What you put into your pie-hole is VERY important.
As a yogi (and now a vegetarian for a year - I know, not an expert - but I'm a quick learner) - I try to eat as many plants as possible, and stick to mostly whole foods. I'm human, though. As I write this, I have a Tombstone Pizza (doctored up with veggies of course) cooking in the oven.
Anyway - after years of cooking and learning about food and different ways of eating, I've finally gotten to the point where I primarily cook for myself and rarely eat meals out. And I feel FANTASTIC.
Preparation is really key to eating healthy, whole foods. If you don't have food readily available, you'll eat quick food. Fake food. Food that makes you feel like shit. So, consider this an act of self-care. Start slow. Start with this fucking bowl.
I love the cilantro-lime rice combo with the curry sweet potatoes. It's just a really great flavor profile if you're like me and like OOMPH to your foods.
Here are some of the benefits of this bowl:
Sweet Potatoes: high in vitamin C
Curry: reduces inflammation
Black Beans: protein + fiber packed
Cilantro: anti-fungal, antioxidant, anti-bacterial + heavy metal detoxifier
Lime juice: improves digestion
I've been making this bowl consistently for about a year. Yes, it has grains and legumes. Check out the recipe below for the base (rice, sweet p's, and broccoli), and then suggestions underneath that for additional sauces, toppings, and ways to jazz it up. This recipe should yield about 4 or 5 servings, so you should be set for a few lunches or dinners!
THIS Chipotle Cashew Cream by Foolproof Living (so fucking good)
Sriracha + Ranch (not the realest of the foods, but balance)