Super(food) bowls to power your soul

Updated: Feb 14, 2020

It’s the beginning of the semester and we’re tired, stressed and not sure if we’ll actually make it to finals week. Something we all need? Food. Something we could all use? Power. Food Editor Taryn Sullivan searches for the only super bowl she cares about.

Most restaurants actually offer some sort of a power bowl which is a great source of energy, protein and will provide a “feel good” feeling after eating one. Power bowls generally consist of many different veggies and usually offer a choice of protein, like chicken, shrimp or salmon.

The Patriot Talon was sent on a quest to find the best tasting powerbowls that could help college students get through their semester, week, or even just their day with a fresh powerful meal.

Need extra fuel? Check out one of these spots for a power bowl!

Bj’s Restaurant & Brewhouse: Cauliflower & Quinoa Power Bowl

Bj’s menu varies with an endless option of choices. This superfood Enlightened Entree can be purchased at Bj’s Restaurant & Brewhouse, off Loop 323 in the Broadway Square Mall parking lot.

This $11.50 power bowl, clocking in at only 530 calories, has several delicious elements that come together for a fresh, delightful bite.

This power bowl includes: roasted barbacoa cauliflower, peruvian quinoa, brown rice, black beans, corn, fire-roasted red pepper succotash, cucumbers, pickled red onions, pico de gallo, feta cheese, housemade guacamole, greek yogurt cream and cilantro.

For $2 more, you can add chicken, $5 more for shrimp or $6 more for salmon, all which can be blackened or grilled.

After eating this power bowl, I didn’t feel too full or still hungry, but it just felt like the perfect amount of each ingredient. If you’re a picky eater, this bowl may not be for you, but if you enjoy mostly all food, this bowl is a perfect and powerful choice.

Piada Italian Street Food: Power Bowl

Piada offers many Italian items on their menu, like make-your-own pasta or hand-rolled piada’s, but it was to my surprise about the power bowl Piada offers on their menu. Piada, found in the Village at Cumberland by Five Below and Super One Foods, is a place where you order first, watch the cooks put together your bowl, pay and then sit down and enjoy.

The photo of the Piada’s Power Bowl on the menu looked absolutely flavorful, so it was a high hope that it would look like that when ordered.

For $9.99 with 720 calories, this power bowl includes: Red quinoa, roasted broccoli, sweet corn & tomato, glazed chickpeas, pickled red onions, roasted carrots and yogurt harissa drizzle. This power bowl is also gluten free and actually only consists of one hot item, the quinoa at the bottom of the bowl, but the cold veggies were still tasty.

Protein can also be added to this power bowl, like grilled or crispy chicken, italian sausage, grilled steak, grilled salmon and more. I stirred everything together, which may have not made it look presentable, though it still tasted fresh, healthy and definitely felt powering afterwards.

Zoës Kitchen: Cauliflower Rice Bowl

Zoës Kitchen features fresh Mediterranean and Greek food, made from scratch every day. Located in the Village at Cumberland, next to Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt, this menu will broaden your tastebuds.

Whether you are living vegan or counting calories, the menu at Zoës has many different options, it’s almost difficult to find something here that isn’t good.

For $9.09 with 540 calories, this power bowl includes: Chilled cauliflower rice with Tzatziki (a yogurt-based sauce with fresh herbs), Skhug (a green hot sauce), feta, cucumbers and fresh dill.

Chicken was added to this bowl for $1 more, but other options of protein are available such as falafel for $9.99, lamb meatballs for $11.59, salmon for $12.69, a shrimp kabob for $11.09 and a steak for $12.49.

The only hot item in the bowl was the chicken added, but for a fast meal that you don’t have to wait for it to cool down, it is a great selection that quickly fills you up while feeling healthy.

Nékter Juice Bar: Açaí Banana Berry Bowl & Açaí Superfood Bowl

Nékter is a unique juice bar that offers nutrient-rich cold-pressed juices, great-tasting smoothies and flavorful filling Açaí bowls. Also located in the Village at Cumberland, near Bed Bath & Beyond and Hot Topic, this spot has a variety of purified fruits and veggies that provide high fiber and long-lasting energy.

For $8.55 with 420 calories, the Açaí Banana Berry Bowl has açaí, strawberries, blueberries, banana and housemade cashew milk blended together and topped with hemp seed granola, blueberries, fresh strawberries, banana and agave nectar. This power bowl gives a berry-filled bite, with granola and bananas and is just simply delicious.

The Açaí Superfood bowl is $10.20 with 570 calories and includes: Açaí, banana, strawberries, blueberries, spinach, kale, chia seeds and housemaid cashew milk blended together and topped with hemp seed granola, fresh strawberries, blueberries, banana, goji berries, cacao nibs, hemp hearts, bee pollen, chia seeds and agave nectar.

This superfood packed bowl was filled with a variety of tasty flavors and ingredients I didn’t even know were edible, but resulted in feeling very delightful and (power) full.

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