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Make your own low-calorie, low-carb (but high-energy) bowl

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PACK A PUNCH Protein Bar’s Superfood bowl. Courtesy Protein Bar

Is it just us or does it seem like power bowls have taken over the culinary world? With their high nutritional value, low caloric intake (190-650 calories per bowl) and seriously satisfying flavor, it’s easy to see why these mighty mixtures are popular among celebrity chefs and health gurus alike. “At the end of the day, these bowls are meant to save calories and carbs,” says Bre Patterson, Colorado region catering and sales manager for the Protein Bar (1600 Glenarm Place, Union Station). “By utilizing clean carbs and healthy proteins, they enhance your muscle mass, increase your mood, boost your brain function and keep you full all day.” They’re also easy to make, eat—and Instagram. “Use what you have at your disposal; it’s about simple, clean ingredients,” says Brandon Cejar of Vitality Bowls in Cherry Creek. Choose a base and protein, go to town customizing the toppings and let the power sink in.

DO THIS AT HOME
Stock up on the following, so a DIY bowl is at your fingertips.

BASES
Quinoa, brown rice, farro, barley, leafy greens

PROTEINS
Chicken, steak, egg, salmon, shrimp, tofu, black beans

SAUCES
Barbecue, honey ginger vinaigrette, Korean chili, basil pesto

GREENS
Kale, spinach, arugula

OTHER VEGGIES
Corn, carrots, bell peppers, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, beets

FRUITS
Avocado, green apple, blueberries, goji berries, acai berries

CRUNCH
Torn grilled bread, sliced almonds, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds

HERBS
Tarragon, parsley, cilantro, dill, chives

DAIRY
Greek yogurt, cheddar cheese, blue cheese, Parmesan cheese

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