How to Make a Macro Bowl

We caught up with registered dietician & nutritionist Shannan Monson, who shares a recipe for a meal that’s as simple to create as it is delicious!

Remember Hawaiian Haystacks?

Those glorious bowls piled high with delicious sweet pineapple and rice and kind of, whatever else you had in the fridge?

Macro Bowls are like the grown up, healthier version of that. Perfectly balanced in macronutrients (hence the name–macro), versatile, delicious and easy to throw together with whatever you have on hand.

Hero Image–Athleta Macro Bowl

Today I’m breaking it down for you so you can make your own macro bowl and devour a perfectly balanced bowl of delishness without spending too much time in the kitchen. Bonus points: Instagram was literally *made* for meals like these.

Step one


Quinoa, farro, wild rice, lentils or any other ancient or whole grain of your choosing. I usually go for quinoa or 10-minute farro because I can cook them in ten minutes while I prep the rest of the bowl. A lot of ancient grains take a bit longer to cook, so it’s a good idea to pick one at the beginning of the week and prep to have on hand easily and quickly.

Step two


Always more veggies. Crunchy, cruciferous and leafy veggies are best as they’re typically higher in nutrients and lower in sugar. Kale or spinach can be roasted or steamed quickly and I love a quick microwaved sweet potato for a veggie-centric meal that doesn’t require lots of veggie chopping and veggie cooking.

Step three


Chicken, fish, steak, tofu, tempeh, eggs… anything you like. This should be no surprise either, I usually go fried egg, because #time. I recommend having at least one protein prepped, cooked and ready to add to meals throughout the week at all times. Even if it’s just a whole roast chicken you pick up cooked from the grocery store.

Step four


You can never go wrong with avocado or just a simple olive oil dressing. Creamy salad dressings or vinaigrettes work really well, or you can add a dollop of sour cream or greek yogurt to balance out your meal and add a little pop of flavor.

Athleta Macro Bowl Square

Top it with some nuts or seeds or anything else you want and dig in! Macro bowls are so fun because the possibilities are literally endless, no recipe is needed, and it’s a quick and foolproof healthy meal for any night of the week. I’d love to see what you make! Post your macro bowl to Instagram and tag me @shannanmonson and @athleta and use the hashtag #showmeyourmacrobowl so we can see! Happy eating!

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