Today I will be talking about an easy way to add fruit and vegetables to your diet as well as eating cleaner and healthier in the process.
Following complicated recipes, every day can get pretty exhausting and it doesn’t factor in any leftovers you may have, bargains you made at the store and the small amount of time you have to make your lunch or dinner.
This is why I love to rely on simple formulas for throwing together awesome meals, using a few key ingredients to create unique and satisfying meals.
And the way I do this is through Buddha Bowls. Buddha Bowls are great because they are simple, cheap and a great way to use leftovers.
So what is a Buddha Bowl? Well, it’s basically a colourful and delicious meal served up in a big bowl. It is comprised of healthy and usually plant-based ingredients like grains, roasted vegetables, nuts, sometimes fruit, a handful of leafy greens and some sweet, savoury or tangy sauce.
There are six different groups of foods that build the foundation of a healthy bowl. By mixing and matching, you don’t need a specific recipe. But you will still be able to make sure your meal is well rounded and satisfying.
The first group is leafy greens. These are ingredients like salad leaves, spinach, kale, watercress & Swiss chard. Depending on the type of bowl you are making and the ingredient you are using, these greens can be cooked or raw.
The next group you should add-in is complex carbs. My favourite ingredient to add is quinoa but you can also use ingredients like brown rice, oats, barley, buckwheat, sweet potato and more. And don’t worry if you can’t remember all this, as the download I have written has the details of the different ingredients you can use for each group.
Legumes are the next group I want to talk about. This is where we pack our bowls with protein and fibre. So you can add ingredients like black beans, kidney beans, lentils and peas.
Fruit and Vegetables
The fourth group we are going to talk about is fruit and vegetables. What fruit or vegetables you will add depends on whether you are making a sweet or savoury bowl and what meal you are preparing it for. But you can add any fruit or vegetable under the sun. If it is a vegetable I usually roast or sauté it. And if it’s a fruit I will either have it raw or sometimes stew it.
You can see that these bowls can be made however you want them which is the great thing about them.
Nuts and Seeds
Our next group is nuts and seeds. So this can include chia seeds, almonds, walnuts and cashews. Obviously, if you are allergic to nuts only add seeds.
Liquids, Spices and Condiments
And our final group is liquids, spices & condiments. I’ve combined these together because what you will add depends on the bowl your making. For example, I don’t add liquid to all my bowls. The liquid can include fruit juice, plant-based milk or veggie broth. And spices and condiments can include fresh or dried herbs, nutritional yeast and sauces. This section can be what makes or breaks your bowl, as this is where a lot of the flavour comes from.
If you include at least one ingredient from all six groups your bowls will have a great number of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fibre and protein. It doesn’t get much healthier than that.
How simple is that?
Another great thing about these bowls is, it is a great way to use up those leftovers in your fridge or freezer. I’m sure I’m not the only one who tends to cook too much quinoa or vegetables etc. So get out all those leftovers and see what unique bowl you can come up with.
If you are unsure to start with on flavour combinations, there are lots of recipes out there. And I will be adding my own recipes to my blog, Where My Footsteps Go, as I come up with them.
So that’s it everyone, if you have any questions please ask them in the comments below or send me a question.
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