By Myprotein Writer
The idea of a flex bowl comes from the IIFYM (If It Fits Your Macros) school of fitness nutrition. Basically the aim of the bowl is to use up whatever remains of your macros at the end of the day.
Having said this, flex bowls can be consumed any time of the day – if you can fit it into your macros!
The beauty of a flex bowl is how versatile and easy they are to put together. They can contain whatever you want (yes, naughty ingredients are allowed!) in whatever quantities you need.
Creating Flex Bowls
1) Figure out your macros
2) Track your food for the day using as app such as My Fitness Pal
3) Check to see what macros you’re missing
4) Choose your base for the flex bowl
5) Choose your toppings
Optional step 6 – take a photo of your pretty creation and add to the growing collection of #flexbowl tags on Instagram!
Sweet Flex Bowls |
Protein Bowl Example
Examples: Greek yogurt, Quark, cottage cheese, 2 scoops casein (if using casein, mix with water to form a thick paste)
Protein and carb option
Oats and protein powder (tip: try finely grating half a courgette into this to make ‘zoats’, the porridge recipe that took the world by storm in 2015)
|Protein bars/snacks||Nut butters||Granola|
|Protein/Casein powder||Desiccated coconut||Mixed fruit|
|Protein chocolate||Goji berries||Sugar free syrup|
|Favourite sweets||Cacao nibs||Cinnamon/spices|
|Favourite chocolate||Chia seeds||FlavDrops|
|Cream/custard||Bee pollen, hemp||Agave nectar/honey|
Savoury Flex Bowl
‘Mexican tacos inspired’
Example: 2 whole eggs, 4 egg whites
Example: 150g white/brown basmati rice
|110g cooked low fat beef mince||50g reduced-fat cheese||Sweetcorn|
|110g cooked turkey/chicken breast||Guacamole/avocado||Beans/peas|
|110g cooked tofu||Halloumi||Lettuce|
|110g cooked egg whites||Fish (also protein)||Salsa|
100g greek yogurt (or soured cream)
Take Home Message
Flex bowls are just that – flexible!
Work out your macros and get creative with these delicious creations.
Our articles should be used for informational and educational purposes only and are not intended to be taken as medical advice. If you're concerned, consult a health professional before taking dietary supplements or introducing any major changes to your diet.