At Pure Flavor®, our passion is for fueling healthy lives with delicious, fresh veggies grown 365 days a year. Mayela Garcia recently made this delicious Veggie Quinoa Bowl that shows exactly how flavorful living a healthy lifestyle is. With vitamin-rich Juno® Bites and hydrating Mini Cucumbers, avocado, beans, chicken and quinoa, it’s packed with the essential nutrients you need every day. We’re excited to share it with you and hope you find it helpful!
Living a healthy lifestyle is more than just diet and exercise. In many ways, it’s a process you have to build on day after day, meal after meal. It’s important to start working towards a healthier way of life by starting with a strong foundation. This foundation can be as simple as a single recipe that shows you all the ingredients, nutrients and flavors that go into a truly healthy diet – just like Mayela Garcia’s Veggie Quinoa Bowl recipe.
Most dieticians and personal trainers will tell you that living a healthier lifestyle is about the journey as much as the destination. Sure, it’s important to set end goals like weight loss, improved mental health or overall fitness, but if you don’t take the time to smell the roses along the way, your progress might lose momentum over time.
As experts in flavorful and healthy produce, we know how important it is to enjoy a diet rich in tasty ingredients that also helps you meet your health goals. Pure Flavor® offers an incredible variety of fresh veggies to help you keep each meal exciting while hitting all your macros (and micros!).
Oftentimes, our snacking habits can interrupt our journey – but there’s good news: healthy snacking has never been easier. Efficient and sustainable greenhouse growing allows Pure Flavor® to grow snacking tomatoes like Juno® Bites Grape Tomatoes, snacking peppers like Aurora Bites Mini Peppers, and Uno Bites™ Nano Cucumbers year-round.
If you have healthy snacking options on-hand at all times, you’ll be more likely to make healthy choices when the craving for something sweet strikes! The vibrant flavors of all these different bite-sized healthy veggies mean that not only can you commit to improving your own health, but you can enjoy it too.
When it comes to dinner, we all find ourselves struggling to find time to put together a large family meal that will satisfy our craving for flavor and our diet goals at the same time. There is so much information on different dietary restrictions or the “right” ratio of fiber, sugar, fats, carbs, salt – the list goes on and on!
The key is balance.
A healthy meal should, quite simply, incorporate a mix of whole foods that contain the right macro nutrients (carbohydrates, proteins and fats) and micronutrients (vitamins and minerals like Vitamin C, potassium and zinc).
Mayela’s Veggie Quinoa Bowl has everything you need.
The best place to get the right mix of all these nutrients is fresh produce like tomatoes and cucumbers, just to name a couple! Add to that a helping of whole grains like quinoa or brown rice and a source of protein like chicken and beans – or, if you prefer to go meatless, tofu. Ta-da! You have yourself one healthy meal!
So, what exactly are you getting from all these different ingredients (other than a ton of flavor!)?
Well, tomatoes are one of the best natural sources of lycopene, which is linked to improved heart health and possible protection from certain kinds of cancers. Tomatoes are also a good source of other antioxidants like Vitamin A and C with similar health benefits.
Pure Flavor® Mini Cucumbers, meanwhile, are sodium, fat and cholesterol free, which helps to reduce heart disease. They’re also high in iron, a mineral that can prepare you for your exercise – whether you prefer to walk or run! – by promoting blood circulation.
Avocados are where you get your good fats to help lower bad cholesterol, plus 20 other vitamins and minerals. Quinoa is a unique whole grain to include in this salad because, technically, it’s not really a grain at all – it’s a seed! This can be a great way to get fiber in your diet – especially if you prefer to eat gluten-free. Finally, chicken and beans complete the balanced meal with a healthy portion of protein.
It’s amazing how one bowl can contain all the essential nutrients you need to be healthy: such a simple recipe can really show you the building blocks for leading a healthy lifestyle.
The best part of Mayela’s Veggie Quinoa Bowl recipe is that it’s so utterly delicious and so easy to switch up according to the day’s flavor cravings.
If you don’t have any avocados, you can incorporate other ingredients like olives, which are also full of essential fats. Or, if you’ve been snacking on Juno® Bites all day, you can add Aurora Bites Mini Sweet Peppers instead – they actually contain more Vitamin C than an orange!
With this quick and easy recipe at your disposal, you can start your journey on the way to a healthier lifestyle, making interesting flavor combinations and your own veggie-packed recipes along the way!
For Mayela’s full Veggie Quinoa Bowl recipe, click here.
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