vegetarian buddha bowlHave you tried making a buddha bowl yet? They are so healthy and delicious because they are made up of exactly what YOU want. They are basically the mixture of your choice containing: healthy grains, leafy greens, plant-based protein, vegetables, and dressing. You can mix them up depending on your mood and what items you have on hand.

Buddha bowls are not just hot or cold. The foods in your bowl may be a mixture of temperatures and textures. In order to get a variety of nutrients, be sure to create a bowl that contains a variety of colors. Here are some delicious ingredient ideas from the wonderful people at In My Bowl.

Eating the full rainbow of foods regularly helps give your body the nutrients it needs; in addition to macronutrients, fiber, vitamins and minerals, naturally colorful foods contain what are known as phytochemicals (a non-nutritive chemical component of food that is beneficial to overall health). Phytochemical consumption is crucial for overall health, immune health, and reducing your risk for chronic disease and cancer.

Place your selected ingredients from each of the categories below into your favorite bowl and enjoy:

1 big handful leafy-greens

  • kale
  • arugula
  • romaine
  • mesclun
  • spinach

½ cup nutritious grain (cooked)

  • quinoa
  • brown rice
  • farro
  • couscous
  • millet
  • lentils
  • [or ¼ large sweet potato, cubed]

unlimited vegetables

  • asparagus
  • beets, cubed or sliced
  • cauliflower florets
  • broccoli florets
  • baby bok choy
  • Brussels sprouts, steamed
  • carrot, cubed or grated
  • celery, sliced
  • purple cabbage, sliced
  • sea vegetables, rehydrated [wakame, arame, etc.]
  • radish

plant based protein

  • ½ medium avocado
  • ½ cup beans [cannelloni, chickpeas, kidney, etc.]
  • 2 heaping tablespoons raw hemp seeds
  • ¼ cup raw nuts, chopped [almonds, walnuts, cashews, hazelnuts, etc.]
  • 2 tablespoons hummus

dressing

  • 1 tablespoon olive or flax oil
  • Juice of ½ a lemon

Source: In My Bowl

Image Source: United Soybean Board

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