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Nutrient-Rich Power Bowls to Make for Dinner Tonight

The Power Bowl Recipe Book

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By now, you're spoonfuls deep into the smoothie bowl trend that's taken over your Instagram feed. But if you've yet to try the whole bowl thing for dinner, boy are you in for a treat—and by treat, we mean a nutrient-rich bowl of veggies, grains, and protein that makes for a satisfying lunch or dinner. Enter the power bowl.

Britt Brandon, C.F.N.S., C.P.T., shows you how to make 140 versatile dishes that are free of empty calories and processed and refined foods in her new cookbook, The Power Bowl Recipe Book. Not only are the recipes delicious, healthy, and filling, they're also packed with all sorts of nutrients to deliver a wide range of health benefits. You'll find power bowls with whole grains, lean proteins, fruits and veggies, spices and sauces. They're bursting with essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Check out some of the standout recipes from the book here. (Next Up: Buddha Bowl Ideas for a Vegetarian Lunch)

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Beet Salad with Honey-Ginger Tofu

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In just 10 minutes, you can create a spinach salad topped with millet, beets, and tofu marinated in a honey-ginger sauce. Bonus: The iron in the spinach promotes oxygen delivery to your muscles, helping boost your workout performance.

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Sweet Potato Quinoa Patties with Creamy Slaw

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Usually, a "creamy" dish isn't a good choice if you want something "healthy," but that's not the case with this recipe. At just 294 calories, the creamy cabbage slaw gets a healthier twist with nonfat yogurt, which has protein for staying power and healthy bacteria to support your digestive system. Top it with a scrumptious sweet potato quinoa patty to bulk up the dish and load up on beta-carotene.

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Jalapeño-Apricot Tofu with Peppers and Noodles

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Give your palate a little kick tonight with this spicy dish. Dousing your food with hot pepper can help you torch more calories and curb your cravings. As a bonus, the protein in tofu promotes a faster metabolism. (Psst..here are five other fat-burning foods that speed up your metabolism.)

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Oriental Chicken Salad with Mandarin Dressing

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With cold weather and dry air comes cold and flu season, so boost your immunity with a smoothie bowl in the morning, and double up on those germ-fighting health benefits at dinner with this power bowl. The lean chicken will stabilize your blood sugar, while the vitamin C in the orange and the zinc in the sesame seeds assist in immune system functioning.

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Thai Steak Stir-Fry

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Craving Thai food? This delicious stir-fry has you covered, and you can prep and cook it in under 30 minutes.

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Chimichurri Shrimp with Rice Noodles

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Spice things up with this shrimp bowl complete with Cajun seasoning, cayenne, and peppers galore.

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