• Tracey Raye

Buddha Bowl Basics

vegan and gluten free Buddha Bowl with avocado, short grain brown rice, hummus and purple sprouting broccoli

Have you heard of Buddha Bowls? If not, listen up because they may just change your life!

‘A bowl which is packed so full that it has a rounded belly appearance on the top much like the belly of a Buddha’ –Urban Dictionary

While this may have been the inspiration for the name, a Buddha bowl usually relates to any bowl filled with a variety of greens, veggies, grains and legumes. Often it is topped with nuts and seeds as well as a delicious, moreish dressing!

Personally, I have eaten this way for years and I am so glad that it has now become a popularised concept. As they say: ‘variety is the spice of life’ & this is just as true for your diet as for anything else. All foods have a unique nutritional composition and so it is really important that we eat a variety of foods every day to ensure that we are meeting the needs of our body. Buddha bowls are a great way to do this as their very nature requires an assortment of foods & once you know the basics, there is really no stopping the combinations you can come up with.

So without further ado, here are my Buddha Bowl Basics:

  1. Choose a nice bowl – something that makes you smile!

  2. Choose your Greens – The majority of your bowl should be filled with an abundance of delicious greens. During the warmer months I like to go raw with mixed salad leaves, baby spinach, baby kale, rocket or watercress. Whereas in the Winter I will often steam some kale, spinach, cabbage or bok choy to have as my base.

  3. Veggie time – add a mixture of raw and cooked veggies depending on your desire. Some options you might like to try are roasted beetroots (or grate it raw!), spiralized carrots or butternut squash, grilled asparagus, miso marinated mushrooms, julienned peppers, lightly steamed broccoli or roasted sweet potato. You can really try anything!

  4. Don’t forget a little protein – great protein sources include legumes (I love puy lentils, roasted kidney beans or borlotti for a meaty bite), grains (short grain brown rice, buckwheat noodles, quinoa, buckwheat groats, spelt, millet) and of course some nuts and seeds – always toasted for flavour! Some of my favourites include pumpkin, sunflower, sesame, cashew and walnuts.

  5. Finally – you can’t forget your delicious dressing! If you’re a purest, try a drizzle of olive oil, vinegar or lemon juice and salt & pepper. I also love a good tahini dressing, try out the one I made for my Spinach & Basil Falafels.

Lastly, I strongly believe in the power and importance of gratitude – particularly when it comes to your health! It doesn’t have to be a big display of appreciation, simply try to take the opportunity to humble yourself and give thanks for the gift of food. It might feel strange at first if you’re not used to the practice of gratitude, but give it time. Not only will it bring you into the present moment, allowing your body to fully prepare for digestion, but because of this you’ll begin to taste the flavours and experience the textures on a whole new level leading to a deep satisfaction you may never have experienced through food before.

What is your favourite Buddha Bowl combination? Do you enjoy eating in this way? Please comment and share below, I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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