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Buddha Bowls: Balance your diet

Buddha bowls can mean different things to different people. Essentially Buddha bowls are about “balancing the different types of food that you eat,” and not eating too much of any one thing. It’s like an advanced salad - What makes a buddha bowl a more balanced meal than a regular salad is that they contain a grain component (such as brown rice or quinoa) and protein (eggs, tofu or lean meat), plus a range of colourful vegetables.

It is packed with nutrition because of the balanced proportions of food groups in it. Further, it is antioxidant rich, because of the various coloured veggies and greens that are used. And, because very minimal cooking is involved, it conserves the loss of nutrients which happens during cooking. Buddha bowls are not necessary low calories, typically they can range from anywhere between 350-800 calories depending on what you include so it is important to adapt them according to your goals whilst maintaining the nutritional value and benefits. Many people lack sufficient micronutrients within their diet, including buddha bowls will help you to increase your micronutrient intake which will have a wide range of benefits. The key is to get creative. Add your favourites, try some new things, try different variations, explore new toppings and sauces, there is literally 1000’s of combinations. I even make a simplified version for my kids who love it. If your kids are anything like mine they like all their food separate on the plate and tend to like random concoctions anyway


HOW DO YOU MAKE A BUDDHA BOWL?

Balance is key when assembling a Buddha bowl; after that, anything goes. Many restaurants offer build-your-own bowl options, which gives you an idea of how versatile the dish can be. Some of the best Buddha bowls tend to be the ones made from leftovers or whatever you have on hand in the fridge.


Use this simple guide to building your buddha bowl but remember balance is key:


  1. Protein - Choose a protein to meet your nutritional needs / goals

  2. Whole Grains - Choose a whole grain - this can be hot or cold

  3. Veg - Pile on the veggies - hot, cold, roasted, steamed... however you like them

  4. Fats - Avocado is a favourite but you can also use nuts or healthy oils (which can also combine as a dressing)

  5. Toppings - go wild hit your bowl with some flavour. A firm favourite for me is toasted sesame seeds and crispy onion

  6. Dressing - bring the flavours together with a sauce. I have used pesto, sweet chilli and even katsu sauce but sometimes all you need is a squeeze of lemon juice


HOW LONG WILL A BUDDHA BOWL KEEP IN THE FRIDGE?

Most of them will keep in the fridge for up to three days. so you can prep a few days in advance! Just be sure to leave off extra-juicy toppings, such as tomatoes, and fruits that may brown, such as apples and pears, until ready to serve.


Share your favourite buddha bowl recipes with me on instagram! Just tag @thisfitcrew and I will share to help inspire others.


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