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Let’s Go, Bowling!

Bea Louis

I hate to say it, but I’m not very athletic.  I’d rather play a game of scrabble than play a game of basketball.  I can beat you at Spades, but I can’t beat you in a lap around the pool.  I’m trying to get myself enthused about some type of sport.  I’ve read studies that say weight loss is accomplished through 80 percent diet and 20 percent exercise.  I’m working on that 20 percent of exercise, at least mentally.

I do like bowling.  I like taking aim and rolling the ball towards the pins just hoping to make a strike.  Of course, I very rarely do.  I don’t think I’ve ever scored more than 100 points.  However, it was great fun trying to get to 300 points. 

So, what’s bowling got to do with food?  “Bowls” are on almost every menu these days.  I love a good bowl of stuff you just throw together.  It can be as healthy or unhealthy as you want.  Today I went bowling and I had a wonderful mixture.  It had quinoa and grilled chicken, cucumbers and tomatoes and a sliced avocado on top.  It was under 400 calories and was very filling. 

I have found there is a basic recipe at all restaurants for making a “bowl”.  Start with a layer of rice.  (Brown or white depending on your diet or riced cauliflower works.)  Follow this with any type of beans (Drain the beans).  Top with fresh diced tomatoes, peppers and onions, etc.  (Or you can sauté them.)  Add any protein of your choice.  (Shrimp, Chicken, Tofu, etc.)  Some people like to add a little shredded cheese to the top.  Finish with light sour cream and avocado, if you like.  That’s it.  You don’t have to spend an arm and a leg.  You’ve got the 80 percent diet down.  Now, go bowling.

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