NITK “Bounce-Back” Vitality Bowl

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Wow, here we are, halfway through January already!

I finally feel like I’m back in my groove as I was out of commission at New Years because of that nasty cold and flu bug that was going around. As much as I was hoping to start the New Year off with a bang, I had no choice but to take it easy and give myself a little TLC, which in hindsight, is never a bad thing! Although I have been taking it pretty slow over the past couple of weeks I have still been focusing on eating super nourishing foods, getting lots of hydration, good sleep, and my daily “chill” time as I posted earlier, these are my main goals for 2018.

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To help me re-energize and refresh from the holidays and the out-of-the-norm eating that comes with along with it, I created this delicious “Bounce-Back” Vitality Bowl filled with healthy proteins, good fats, fibre, and Mann’s Veggie Slaw Power Blend.

This time of year we are all typically thinking about health, wellness, and how to make the most out of the year ahead. While I definitely am for making wellness goals, I don’t think restriction, deprivation, or boring food is the way to go about it. 

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My “Bounce-Back” Vitality Bowl is not about getting “back” to a pre-holiday weight or shifting to eating ONLY healthy foods, rather it’s a way to put some “bounce back… in your step” by energizing your body with good nutrition and amazing flavour. This bowl will help boost your digestive system, stabilize blood sugar levels to prevent cravings, and inspire you to continue with the trend of eating well and caring for your amazing body.

Mann’s veggie slaw blends provide an awesome way to add nutrition to your meals and I love that they don’t come with sugary dressings or processed toppings in the bag. Instead, each bag is filled only with healthy veggies like kale, kohlrabi, broccoli, cabbage, and beets.

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The Power Blend with kale, kohlrabi, Brussels sprouts, Napa cabbage, carrots and broccoli gave me the perfect base to build my delicious Bounce-Back Vitality Bowl. I added in filling farro, an ancient grain loaded with B vitamins, iron, fibre, and energizing carbohydrates, along with avocado, walnuts, hemp seeds, dried apricots, chicken breast, and mint!

This bowl is loaded with healthy fats, protein, vitamins, minerals and has a great combination of tastes and textures. Definitely a meal that will put some bounce in your step and inspire you to try out some of the other Mann’s veggie slaw blends!

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For the dressing, I whipped up a tasty and slightly sweet Creamy Apricot Ginger Dressing that brings in more healthy fats, flavour, and the added detoxifying benefits of ginger and lemon.

The best part of this bowl is that it’s incredibly easy to make and creates leftovers that can be kept in the fridge and enjoyed for days to come. I love making big salads and vitality bowls on a Sunday to enjoy for lunch during the week ahead as a big time-saver!

How are you fuelling your body this week to put some Bounce-Back…in your step and show your body some TLC?! I’d love to read about it in the comments below! 

NITK "Bounce-Back" Vitality Bowl
 
Serves: 3-4
Ingredients
  • 1 package Mann’s Power Blend Slaw
  • 1 cup cooked farro or quinoa
  • 1 cup shredded cooked chicken breast
  • 2 tablespoons hemp seeds
  • 1 avocado, peeled, pitted, and diced
  • ¼ cup diced dried apricots
  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 tablespoons finely chopped mint
  • Creamy Tahini Lemon Ginger Dressing
  • 1 tablespoon tahini
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey or agave nectar
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • ¼ cup apricot preserves
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • pinch of salt
Instructions
  1. In a small blender or food processor add the dressing ingredients and blend until completely smooth.
  2. Transfer dressing to a small bowl and set in the fridge to chill.
  3. Next, using a large bowl combine all of the remaining ingredients.
  4. Drizzle with the dressing and toss well to combine.
  5. Enjoy!

 

Christal // NITK

 

*DISCLAIMER: THIS POST HAS BEEN SPONSORED BY MANN’S BUT AS ALWAYS THE THOUGHTS AND OPINIONS ARE MY OWN. I WOULD NEVER RECOMMEND A BRAND I DO NOT STAND BEHIND AND ONLY SHARE THOSE I HOPE YOU TOO WILL ENJOY. THANK YOU FOR CONTINUING TO SUPPORT THE LIFE AND GROWTH OF NUTRITION IN THE KITCH!

Author: Christal Sczebel

Christal is the creator of Nutrition in the Kitch. She's a Certified Nutritional Consultant, twice published author, gluten and dairy free recipe developer, food photographer, speaker, wife, and mama. Christal loves good food, all things wellness, and loves to travel. Her wellness philosophy is centred around balance and sustainable health, life's way too short for boring diets and restriction!