Build Your Own Buddha Bowl: The Essentials

Build Your Own Buddha Bowl: The Essentials

Build Your Own Buddha Bowl: The Essentials

Hi ya, this is Liz from Shaw Simple Swaps and I’m so honored to have the opportunity to share with you a simple, delicious and nutritious meal that is certain to meet all of your dietary needs. So, sit back, relax, and let me enlighten you while you continue your trek to eat, drink and be skinny!

The Buddha Bowl, you’ve heard of it, right?

It’s the trendy new concept that is popping up all over the restaurant scene, and for good reason! Buddha Bowls are so ingenious because you can truly make one that satisfies any eating occasion, dietary accommodation, and flavor preference. Plus, they’re filled with a win-win combination of nutritious foods to nourish your body morning, noon and night!

The secret to making the best Buddha Bowl lies in using these simple four ingredients as a base. Rest assured, if you follow these tips, you will be the talk of your social circle at your next potluck!

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Focus on hearty ancient grains!

Ancient grains are the perfect nutty compliment to build the base of your bowl. Filled with B vitamins, fiber and protein, they are an integral part of the bowl. I suggest trying a unique grain, like amaranth or kamut, to really jazz up the texture!

Purge your produce!

Seriously, open that produce drawer and empty it out! The beauty of a Buddha Bowl is you can add any and all fruits and veggies to create a beautiful, colorful creation. I suggested focusing on using all the colors of the rainbow to really make the bowl pop! Some of my favorites during summer include fresh green leaf lettuce with sliced peaches, heirloom tomatoes, blueberries and summer squash!

Pump up the protein!

Shred some chicken or focus on the vegetarian sources. Using plant based proteins, liked those in beans and legumes, helps not only to add fiber to your dish, but also makes it easy to accommodate vegans and vegetarians in your party as well. Plus, you can really get creative with textures here. Try tossing some of those Roasted Chickpeas over the top, it provides a great crunch and protein packed bite!

Fit fat in!

Fat is not the enemy! You need to top this bowl with a serving of healthy fats, like those found in nuts and avocados. By doing so, you’ll increase your satiety (aka fullness), helping prevent that mindless munching in between your next meal.

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To get your creative juices flowing, here’s an idea to kick off a Sinless Sweet Breakfast Buddha Bowl!

  • ½ cup cooked rolled oats
  • 1 cup of fresh fruit, sliced
  • ¼ cup cinnamon roasted chickpeas
  • 1 tablespoon chopped walnuts

Feeling full and fabulous, you’re ready to take on the day!! Now, let’s gear up for lunch and dive into this Mediterranean Buddha Bowl or the Buffalo Chicken Buddha Bowl, both excellent choices to fuel your body!

Elizabeth Shaw, MS, RD, CLT
Elizabeth is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Certified Lifestyle Eating and Performance Therapist and bona fide Health Nut in San Diego, CA. She owns a nutrition communications and wellness consulting company and is an Adjunct Professor of Nutrition for the San Diego Community College District.

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