I love a quick and easy lunch and if it’s as healthy as this colourful bowl then I’m even happier! This Mediterranean inspired bowl of goodness is just what your body and skin needs to nourish you from the inside out. Full of fresh ingredients and superfoods full of goodness and nutrients, this Mediterranean beauty bowl can be made for lunch the next day. Just be sure to use the lime juice on the avocados to stop them turing brown and mushy before you’ve had a chance to eat them.
The ingredients that I have used in this bowl of goodness are ones that are easy to find and very easy to throw together. Over the past 8 months I have been very mindful of what I eat in terms of portion size and certain types of food. I have also reduced my dairy intake and what gluten products I consume, I also opt for more organic produce. As a Chronic Migraine sufferer one of the daily routines I find helps keep me on my feet and not tucked up in bed in the dark in agony is feeding my body with clean and healthy foods that help to nourish me inside out. Remember beauty is on the inside as well as out and when my body is happy my skin is happy too. So what is in my Mediterranean Beauty Bowl recipe?
Using a superfood like Quinoa is a great gluten-free option that is full of B vitamins, vitamin E, iron and antioxidants, which are all great for clear skin as well as aiding support for the body to help with fatigue and dizziness.
When making up a bowl like this I love to add hard boiled eggs. I love eggs! I try to eat at least two a day as it is a great protein for the body and you can cook them and keep them in the fridge for a snack or to add to your salad bowls. As much as I love eggs in a salad I am partial to runny egg and soldiers for breakfast when I’m feeling like a little comfort food for breakfast and sometimes even for a light lunch.
Avocado, is another superfood that is great for your skin and is a great ingredient for a salad. I had never eaten avocados until I saw my food idol the Joe Wicks The Body Coach use them in his recipes and since then I buy them every week in my weekly shop. They are great for salads, homemade guacamole, sliced up in quesadillas and also as a light snack with crackers and cheese. Avocado is a fruit that is full of 20 vitamins and they have a very long list of health benefits, including Vitamin E which is beneficial to the skin to aid skin tissue repair, repairing acne scars and to smooth the skin.
Pomegranates are a fruit that I always associate with summer. Thankfully you can buy pomegranates seed already removed from the whole fruit if you don’t fancy bashing them out yourself! Pomegranates are full of antioxidants and help neutralise the free radical in our body and works as a natural anti-ageing ingredient. Pomegranates are so good for your body and skin!
Tomatoes, a fruit that is often the main ingredient in a Mediterranean salad and a superfood that can be enjoyed in many forms, but fresh tomatoes are just heaven in a salad bowl! Tomatoes are another fruit that is full of different vitamins and aid the skin in so many wonderful ways, from brightening, anti-ageing and repairing acne scars. Make sure to include tomatoes into your daily diet!
HALLOUMI / HELLIM
Last but not least, Halloumi or Hellim in Turkish. I grew up on Halloumi, as a Turkish Cypriot we enjoy this delicious cheese daily, in salads, warm meals, snacks and mezes and in recent years this Cypriot cheese has become very popular, but why is it so good for you? Halloumi cheese is a healthy fat that is great as a carb alternative and great for your muscles as well as being high in calcium. I love Halloumi, fresh out of the packet, grilled, fried and also in cheese toasties! If you haven’t guessed already Halloumi is my favourite cheese!!
So here is my very easy and very nutritional Mediterranean Beauty Bowl for beauty inside and out!
Mediterranean Beauty Bowl
Mediterranean-inspired beauty bowl - superfood fuelled nutrients and healthy fats for healthier looking skin!
- 1 packet Pre-Cooked Whole Grain & Quinoa (220g)
- 6 Slices Grilled Halloumi
- 4 Large Eggs
- 1 large Avocado, sliced
- 2 Vine Tomatoes, diced
- Large Handful of Pomegranate Seeds
- 1 Lime, Juice
- Salt & Pepper, to season
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil, to drizzle
In a small saucepan carefully add the 4 large eggs and fill with cold water to cover
Over a medium to high heat, cook the eggs for 10 minutes for a hard boiled egg, remove from heat and rinse in cold water, set aside
Meanwhile, while the eggs are boiling away, on a medium grill heat, grill the halloumi for a few minutes on each side and place to the side
Cut and slice the avocado and tomatoes
Heat up the pre-cooked wholegrain and quinoa in the microwave, following the packet instructions, usually around 2 minutes
Now that the egg shell has cooled, peel the egg shell and cut the eggs in half from top to bottom
In a pasta bowl or serving bowl pour in the cooked quinoa and level out the top with a fork
Lay the eggs down one side of the bowl, then the halloumi, avocado and tomatoes, so they all lay side by side
Season everything with a little salt and pepper to taste
Garnish with the pomegranate seeds, lime juice and extra virgin olive oil
If you are looking for more healthy meal inspirations for healthy eating or family friendly meals then check out some of my other recipes. I would love to see photos of what you make using my recipes so please share them with me or tag me in your photos.