APL Big Bad Ass Bowl: Kimchi Gone Crazy
You made the APL Simple & Classic Kimchi this week, right? So let’s use it in a BIG BAD ASS BOWL!
Kimchi & Fermented Foods = ridiculously awesome. Not only are cabbage, onions, & garlic outstanding health foods thanks to their anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer benefits, but fermenting them brings on the healthy bacteria for gut health. Yep, loaded with probiotics, this stuff should be a weekly staple and will improve your digestion and create more energy for you to KICK SOME SERIOUS butt in the gym and in life!
Raw Sesame Seeds have lignans that enhance fat burning!!! So, can I just put them on everything? They do this by increasing the activity of liver enzymes that break down fatty acids. On top of this amazing news, they also help lower LDL cholesterol because they contain some of the highest phytosterol content amongst other nuts and seeds. Sign me up for sesame seeds! We love raw so that they have not been doctored up.
Sprouted Quinoa is superior to regular ol’ quinoa. We sprout it because that enhances the nutritional value! Why? Most seeds/grains have a compound called phytic acid that protects the seed until the seed is germinated (aka: sprouted) – however, this protection keeps away nutrients from us, blah! Sprouting it will give us all even more nutrients and fiber…To be fair, quinoa is still healthy, but sprouted quinoa is even HEALTHIER! To learn how to sprout it, read this.
Red Bell Peppers are amazing for your health & your skin. Full of Vitamins A (to make those aging peepers work better,) C (improves immunity and more,) and B6 (a natural diuretic-uh, yea we love that,) magnesium (which fends off heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, depression, & insomnia,) TONS of antioxidants, and lycopene (makes it red AND fights off cancer.) Seems like a no-brainer to include red bell peppers in every meal!
Cilantro has an abundance of phytonutrients (a list that sounds like supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, so we won’t rattle them all off!) All you need to know is that it can help control blood sugar, lower LDL cholesterol while also raising HDL cholesterol (lovin’ that,) and prevent free radicals that cause a slew of diseases.
Don’t forget that jalapeno has spice, which can help speed up the metabolism and edamame (non-GMO of course) is added protein for the salad – EVERY ingredient has a health benefit!
Our Bowl Recipe
Simply mix together the following:
- 1/2 cup sprouted tri-color quinoa, cooked
- 3 slices jalapeno, with seeds to make it spicier (if you can handle it!)
- 4 slices avocado
- 3/4 cup kimchi
- 3 TB edamame, shelled
- 2 TB cilantro
- 1/4 cup red bell pepper
- 1 TB raw black sesame seeds
- Top with raw tahini & a few dashes of Bragg’s liquid minos