Fill Your Bowl to the Brim with Gilt Free Veggies and Grains…
I spend a lot of time researching recipes and modern lifestyle trends as they relate to “wellness”. A lot of that research takes place on social media as we truly are living in a time when the internet is brimming with ideas and pictures of the latest foodie trends and people living their healthiest lives. But sometimes with that comes the notion that in order to keep up, you also need to be spending exorbitant amounts on that trendy workout or pay the $10 for a juice and order all the latest potions and healing tonics that will make you your best self. I’m not saying that you should completely pass up on these treats, I mean hey, I’m all for treating myself to a spin class and fancy salad every week or so, but these things make up only a part of what it takes to be your most wellness-focused self.
While there are new trends coming up all the time in the health-food world, I’ve come to really appreciate the basics and find that the more I return to the everyday goods, the more special those treats become when I do have them.
Enter the Buddha bowl.
You’re probably no stranger to the idea of a bowl for meals, but throughout my wellness journey, I’ve continually come back to bowls as a way ground and nourish myself.
I think there are some people who scoff at health-forward food because they think these dishes require extra special ingredients and/or extra cooking time, which, in this consistently busy world, can be hard to find. So if you haven’t already, the bowl-life is here to change your perspective.
Something I so love about having bowls for my meals is how easy they are to assemble. If I’m being honest, most of the time my bowls are purely leftovers from the week that I pair up with some fresh ingredients. My favorite combo? Roasted broccoli, sweet potato, avocado, and greens with some kind of grain. It’s basic, but when you’re in a crunch and just need some fuel for the day, it comes through. So what’s my go-to formula for a Buddha Bowl?
- a base of greens
- veggies (roasted or fresh)
- optional grains
- avocado slices for some healthy fats
- a thick dressing of some kind (hummus, herb dip, etc.)
- lemon or lime juice
It really isn’t a formula, but I try to tick off everything on the list to put together both a nourishing and flavorful bowl that gets me excited about eating my veggies. The other part that I love about the flexibility of bowls is how you can swap out ingredients based on what’s in season. Eating in-season means you’re getting the most nutritious and tasty version of that veggie and it brings the whole bowl together. In case you’re in need of some combo ideas – these have been some of my favorites ::
- soba noodles, greens, red peppers, cucumbers, carrots, sesame seeds, avocado, peanut sauce
- brown rice, roasted peppers, onions, and sweet potatoes, tomatoes, black bean dip, avocado, lime juice and cilantro
- lentils, roasted zucchini noodles, sweet potatoes, and cauliflower, avocado, greens, herb dip
What are your favorite buddha bowl mixtures?