Roasted Sweet Potato & Chickpea Lunch Bowl

When in doubt EAT COLORFUL! This lunch bowl is filled with nutrient dense ingredients to keep you full & help you power through your workday.

One of the reasons I love creating "bowls" for lunch is because they're so easy to pack. Being a full time student, there are two options for lunch -- buy or pack--. In the past I would buy my lunch 5 days a week because it was quick, convenient, and tasty. Flash forward to now, I'm a full time lunch packer ultimately saving money & knowing I'm eating nutritious and healthy foods.

This prep is super easy. I store all the ingredients in separate containers in the fridge. I sliced my tomatoes & cucumbers, roasted the potatoes & chickpeas, and made the dressing. Assembly into a Tupperware the morning before school and you're all set!

Let's talk flavor. No one likes plain food. Spice up your chickpeas with with chili powder, garlic powder, & cumin. There are so many options but this is what I used for my bowl. My sweet potatoes are tossed in olive oil & cinnamon. Throw in the oven and set a timer for 40 min.

If you're a macro counter like myself, the salad is high in carbs. But just a friendly reminder that these are good for you carbs! High-fiber foods like sweet potatoes and chickpeas don’t contain as much digestible carbohydrate, so it slows the rate of digestion and causes a more gradual and lower rise in blood sugar. To increase my protein intake I ate about 5 oz of ground chicken along with this salad.

INGREDIENTS: (yield 1 bowl)

  • 1/2 cup spiced chickpeas
  • 1/2 roasted sweet potato
  • 1/4 cup sweet corn
  • 1/4 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup sliced cucumber
  • 1 handful arugula
  • 1 tbsp dressing (olive oil, lemon, salt, pepper, honey drizzle)

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Calories: 385          Carbs: 59g         Fat:15g          Protein:11g

f you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #Fitgirlxtina. I'd love to see what you create!