If I had to choose one meal to eat for the rest of my life it would be a macro bowl. Why? They're tasty, visually appealing, beautifying, healthy, and so satisfying! They're also one of the most easiest, and most versatile, meals to cook up.
Macro bowls are a common dish among people who practice a macrobiotic diet. A proper macro bowl consists of a whole grain, a bean, steamed vegetables, and seaweed. There are varying ideas of the ratio of grains to beans, or beans to vegetables. I believe in keeping it intuitive and simple. Nutritionally speaking, it's most ideal to have twice the amount of grains to beans, and just fill the rest of the plate up with a variety of steamed vegetables of your choice. Still, eat as much as you need to be full - for these are all low calorie, nutrient-dense foods that will NOT make you gain weight. They will, in fact, balance your body so that you can lose or gain depending on your situation.
I believe that macro bowls were once the fundamental meal of most cultures before we became homogenized through global food production and everything turned into processed junk. In Russia, they use buckwheat, onions, and potatoes. In South America it's rice, beans, avocado, and corn. Native Americans used squash, rice and beans. In Asia it's brown rice, tempeh, and bok choy. In our home, it's black beans, brown rice, sweet potato, broccoli, kale, sauerkraut, and homemade tahini sauce. Yum!
What makes macro bowls so ideal is how the foods work together. The rice and beans complement one another by making a perfect protein AND double as a great source of fiber. The steamed vegetables offer chlorophyll, vitamins, minerals, and an array of other important nutrients. If you use seaweed, you're getting a huge dose of iodine which is blood cleansing, immune building, and fantastic for balancing your thyroid gland and protecting you against radiation - which is becoming too common in our civilized world. If you use sauerkraut, the probiotics (good bacteria) in the kraut are mixing with the prebiotics (food for gut bacteria) in the rice, beans, and vegetables. This makes the whole meal one big digestive aid that is going to help clean the bowels, keep you regular, and aid in digestive and immune health.
Macro bowls, like macrobiotic diets, are high in fiber, minerals, vitamins, nutrients, supply adequate easy-to-absorb proteins, and are low in fats. This one meal cleanses the blood, satisfies carbohydrate addiction (and eventually can cure it), promotes healthy weight loss, promotes regularity, builds healthier skin, is alkalizing, allows for easy digestion, gives you more energy, and saves lots of time and money.
Start by replacing one meal a day with a macro bowl. You will, without a doubt, begin seeing changes in your body and mind. Simply make some brown rice, cook some beans, and steam your favorite vegetables. You can mix them all in a bowl, or present them beautifully on a plate like the photo above. There are endless ways to make this bowl, everything from preparing the foods to different grain/bean combinations. Start with what you know and like, then branch out from there.
I'll be providing some easy recipes in the coming weeks, so stay tuned.