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After yesterday (Valentine’s Day), I definitely needed to start this morning with something green.
I absolutely do not regret anything, though. Holidays are for celebrating and we celebrated. We celebrated with homemade cupcakes, Filet Mignon, mashed potatoes, and a generous amount of wine and champagne. I’m all about balance (if you couldn’t tell from P+P’s tagline ‘Real Food for a Balanced Life’). I’m all about celebrating life, finding a healthy balance, and eating mindfully. I don’t deny myself foods and no food is ‘off limits’ to me. I exercise, I eat baked goods, I adore green smoothies, I cherish my yoga sessions, and I take pride in ensuring I’m healthy—inside, and out.
But I’m not perfect. (Who is?)
Anything that helps me with living a little healthier and more balanced is definitely welcomed in my busy life.
That’s why I want to talk about an awesome new product in today’s post. I am currently using and loving Rubbermaid® Balance™ Meal Kits. These new kits were made in partnership with a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist and include pre-portioned containers for grains, fruits, vegetables, and protein.
Using pre-portioned containers can ensure you’re eating balanced, getting enough nutrients, and not over-eating.
The following is the recommended daily amounts you need of each food group:
Protein: 5 1/2 to 6 ounces daily. Proteins are essential for growth and make you feel fuller for longer. Choose lean protein, such as chicken or turkey, seafood rich in Omega-3, such as salmon, and plant-based proteins. In general, one ounce of protein is equivalent to: 1 ounce of meat/poultry/fish, 1/4 cup beans, 1 egg, or 1 tablespoon of nut butter.
Grains: 6 to 8 ounces of whole grains daily. Whole grains provide fiber, regulate blood sugar levels for sustained energy, and help control your appetite. Whole grains include whole wheat or sprouted grain breads, brown rice, barley, buckwheat, oatmeal, bulgur, and whole wheat pasta. In general, one ounce of whole grains is equivalent to: 1 slice of bread, 1 cup of ready-to-eat cereal, or 1/2 cup cooked rice/pasta/cooked cereal.
Vegetables: 2 to 3 cups of vegetables daily. Vegetables are low in calories and high in fiber, vitamins, and nutrients. In general, a one cup serving of vegetables is equivalent to: 1 cup of raw or cooked vegetables, 1 cup of vegetable juice, or 2 cups of raw leafy greens.
Fruit: 1 1/2 to 2 cups of fruit daily. Fruits are low in fat and calories and high in dietary fiber and nutrients. In general, a one cup serving of fruit is equivalent to: 1 cup fresh fruit, 1 cup 100% fruit juice, or 1/2 cup dried fruit.
These daily recommendations vary based on age, sex, and activity levels. Please consult your doctor/nutritionist or do some research from viable sources to determine your daily requirements for protein, grains, vegetables, and fruit. Healthy fats and dairy round out your diet for a wholesome balance of essential nutrients.
How convenient is that? I can pack a healthy, balanced, and perfectly portioned meal quicker than ever, with no need to measure!
Each container and lid is color-coded and labeled, and packed in a carry box with compartment tray for easy transportation.
The Rubbermaid® Balance™ Meal Kits come with a recipe book, featuring 35 delicious and nutritionally balanced recipes.
I’ve been loving the recipes and decided to feature one from the book.
These Vegan Black Bean Fajita Bowls are full of flavor and plant-based protein.
These bowls also come together easily and quickly, making them a perfect meal-prep option or satisfying lunch.
Vegan Black Bean Fajita Bowls are layered with fragrant whole grain Cilantro Lime Brown Rice, protein-packed black beans, fresh salsa, zesty lime, and vegetables sauteed in avocado oil.
Thank you to Rubbermaid® for sponsoring this post. The Rubbermaid® Balance™ Meal Kit is available at your local Kroger or Fred Meyer.
Vegan Black Bean Fajita Bowls are full of flavor and plant-based protein.
For the Black Beans:
- 2/3 cup black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1/4 cup fresh salsa
For the Cilantro Lime Rice:
- 1 cup cooked brown rice
- 1 teaspoon avocado oil
- 1/2 teaspoon lime zest
- 1 teaspoon lime juice (1/4 small lime)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
For the Sauteed Peppers and Onions:
- 1 teaspoon avocado oil
- 1 cup green, red, or yellow pepper strips
- 1/4 cup sliced sweet onion
- 1 small clove garlic, minced
- 1/8 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
- Salt and pepper to taste
For the Bowls:
- 1/4 avocado (optional)
- Queso Fresco or vegan queso (optional)
- Fresh chopped cilantro
- Fresh salsa
- 2/3 cup mango slices
Make the Cilantro Lime Rice:
- Cook brown rice according to package directions. Combine cooked brown rice with avocado oil, lime zest, lime juice, salt, pepper, and fresh cilantro.
Sauté the Peppers and Onions:
- Heat avocado oil in a skillet over medium-high heat and sauté the peppers, onions, and garlic until tender, about 5-7 minutes. Season with oregano, salt, and pepper.
- Mix the rinsed and drained black beans with the salsa. Put the Cilantro Lime Rice on the bottom of the bowl and top with the pepper and onions, black beans, 1/4 avocado, fresh salsa, and Queso Fresco. Garnish with additional fresh cilantro and a squeeze of lime, with fresh mango on the side. Enjoy!