THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO BUILDING A MACRO-FRIENDLY BOWL

Bowls are the perfect way to make sure you’re getting in those carbs, protein AND healthy fats. Not to mention, they’re easy to throw together and a great way to use leftovers or veggies before they go bad! 

If you’re short on ideas or ingredients, you can never go wrong with making a big, nutrient-packed bowl to get all those macros in for the day! 

We’re sharing the ULTIMATE GUIDE to making delicious, FASTer Way-approved bowls that are good for you (and taste good, too!). Use this list as a guide for ideas and inspiration as you create your macro-friendly bowl!

We made our bowl with brown rice, baked chicken breast, sauteed kale, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, shredded carrots, roasted corn and sliced avocado. We topped it with coconut aminos, sea salt and black pepper. Now it’s your turn! How will you make your bowl?!

Base

Regular Macro:

  • Brown rice
  • Quinoa

Low Carb:

  • Cauliflower rice (1 cup serving only has 3 grams net carbs!)
  • Roasted veggies

Protein

When picking a protein, do a little fridge/freezer inventory and take stock of what you already have! One of the many benefits of bowls is being able to use what you have readily available. Is there leftover steak from last night’s dinner? Or some frozen chicken breast at the bottom of the freezer? Both work great!

  • Chicken breast (baked, grilled, shredded, leftover, frozen, anything works!)
  • Chicken thighs
  • Shrimp
  • Steak (high protein and high fat — great for low-carb day!)
  • Salmon (another great option for low-carb day!)
  • Black beans (great vegan/vegetarian option!)
  • Chickpeas (vegan/vegetarian)

Greens

You can never go wrong starting your macro-friendly bowl with a big pile of leafy greens. You can also add a few handfuls of greens on top of brown rice or quinoa! Greens are full of antioxidants and are a great source of fiber — the perfect addition to any bowl!

  • Kale, sauteed or roasted
  • Spinach, fresh or sauteed
  • Mixed greens, fresh

Veggies

This is the fun part! You can really customize your bowl however you like with a variety of available vegetables. You can also mix it up and prepare your vegetables in different ways. You can leave some fresh, sautee them in a pan, or roast them in the oven!

  • Sweet potatoes, roasted
  • Broccoli, roasted or steamed
  • Bell peppers
  • Snap peas
  • Carrots (try including fresh shredded carrots!)
  • Corn, roasted or fresh
  • Red onion, sauteed 
  • Cucumber, chopped 
  • Baby tomatoes, halved

Toppings

Topping your bowl is like putting the cherry on top! The best part is, you can be as creative or as simple as you want! The options are truly endless!

  • Hummus
  • Coconut aminos
  • Sea salt + black pepper 
  • Everything But The Bagel Seasoning
  • Fresh herbs- try cilantro, dill, basil or parsley!
  • Fresh sprouts- broccoli or bean sprouts
  • Green onion

Healthy Fats

Adding healthy fats to your bowls is a great way to boost up your fat gram goal when you’re needing a little extra to hit those macros!

  • Avocado
  • Drizzle of avocado oil 
  • Seeds/ Nuts