Buddha Bowl: The Bowl That Has It All

Is your New Year’s resolution to eat healthy? Or do you want to post more aesthetically pleasing food photos on your Instagram or blog? Or both? If that is the case, check out this delicious food trend — Buddha Bowls.


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uddha Bowls are also known as Hippie Bowls and Macro Bowls. They are called “Macro” Bowls because they contain numerous macronutrients. Today, Buddha Bowls are trending because of their aesthetic appeal and health benefits. They are filled with a variety of colorful ingredients and full of nutrients, including grains, veggies, proteins and seeds. There are many ways to make a Buddha Bowl. Select the nutrients you want in your bowl, and keep color in mind! Be creative and find something that fits your own taste!


What Are Macronutrients?

Macronutrients are the most abundant class of nutrients, including fats, proteins, and carbohydrates. Our bodies need these vital nutrients every day. However, the amount of macronutrients required varies based on age, lifestyle, and gender. So, let’s talk about what fats, proteins, and carbohydrates are, and how much your body needs.

FATS

Fats act as the most substantial form of energy storage in the body. They assist in absorbing fat-soluble vitamins and cushion our organs. Also, fats make up cell membranes, cholesterol, steroids and 60 percent of our brains.

There are many different kinds of fats. For example, dietary fats are separated into saturated fats and unsaturated fats. Saturated fats come from animal sources; unsaturated fats come from plants. Trans fats, on the other hand, are unnatural fats that we want to avoid. Trans fats are usually a result of food manufacturing. They are supposed to help prolong the life of processed food products, but if you are trying to be healthy, avoid them!Examples of Fats:

Examples of Fats: Almonds, Seeds (pumpkin, chia), Avocados, Olives, Coconut, Unsweetened Dark Chocolate

PROTEIN

Proteins promote the growth of our eyes, skin, hair, nails, organs and muscle tissue — they are essential to our body. Proteins not only embed themselves inside our bodies to help regulate what goes in and out, but they also transport some molecules to other locations in the body.

After digestion, proteins are broken down into smaller units called amino acids. Out of the 22 amino acids that exist, only nine are crucial to us. These amino acids include histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan, and valine.Examples of Protein:

Examples of Protein: Beans, Pulses and Legumes, Seeds (such as chia, flax, hemp), Unsalted Nuts, Quinoa, Avocado

CARBOHYDRATES

Carbohydrates act as fuel for our bodies, and they are recognized as our primary energy source, they are so important in our lives, making up around 45-60 percent of our diet.

Carbohydrates are separated into two groups: simple carbohydrates and complex carbohydrates. Simple carbohydrates include table sugar and high fructose corn syrup. Complex carbohydrates are known as starches that contain fiber, such as whole wheat pasta.

Examples of Carbohydrates: Apples, Bananas, Brown Rice, Quinoa, Kidney Beans


Now that you have the low-down on what makes these Buddha Bowls so nutritionally delicious, recreate these recipes at home!

Quinoa Taco Bowls + Quick Guacamole Recipe

 

Vegan Buddha Bowl

 

Sushi Buddha Bowl

 

Mexican Rice Rainbow Bowl

 

Veggie Bowl with Poached Eggs

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