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If you're a regular Pinterest user than you’ve probably noticed that pictures of brightly colored sweet potatoes, avocado slices, and greens all piled into one beautiful bowl are taking over everyone's healthy eating boards.

Totally Trendy And Totally Healthy

The trendy name for these uber-healthy meals is “Buddha Bowls,” and they’re blowing up on the fitness-focused corners of the internet because they're protein-rich, super filling, and very vegan-friendly. The name comes from their overstuffed Buddha belly-like appearance, and they're perfect for extra-busy days since these bountiful bowls also won’t leave your stomach rumbling at 2 p.m. In fact they pack a whole lot of energy into one meal. 

The best part about these bountiful bowls? They’re totally customizable and they are easy to make in advance - ideal for weekly meal prep. With so many great ways to mix and match ingredients, you’ll look forward to Sunday meal prepping every week. To get started crafting your perfect bowl, you can follow a simple breakdown:

How To Make A Buddha Bowl

Combine one whole grain with one protein with as many veggies as you want. Then, play around with extra ingredients and dressings to see what flavors you like the best. And remember more colors equal more nutrients.

Here are some ideas to help get you started:

Whole Grains

Brown rice

Quinoa

Whole-Wheat Couscous

Proteins

Chicken

Tofu

Poached egg 

Tuna

Beans

Veggies*

Broccoli

Kale

Shredded carrots

Avocados

*Make these grilled, raw, or sautéed, and as many as you like—Pile on those veggies!

Extras

Sunflower Seeds

Pumpkin Seeds 

Almonds

Hummus

The final step might be the most fun! Just top the bowl with your favorite low-calorie dressing, and get to crunching! Our favorite dressing options include vinaigrettes for a lighter flavor, or a Greek yogurt-based dressing if you prefer a more creamy texture.

Buddha Bowl Variations

Another great idea? Pick a cuisine you love, and theme your bowl around it! For example, a Greek-inspired Buddha Bowl could include cucumbers, chickpeas, tomatoes, red onions, and kalamata olives, all topped off with two tablespoons of tzatziki sauce. It’s all the flavors you love about a Greek gyro, without the added salt and oily pita.  

Or how about an Asian-inspired Buddha Bowl? Try combining tofu, carrots, scallions, sesame seeds, brown rice, and finish it off with a drizzle of an Asian vinaigrette. You’ll save big-time calories by cutting out breaded meats and fatty oils, while still enjoying plenty of the flavors you love. 

So, when it comes down to making the perfect Buddha Bowl—make it spicy, make it vegan, make it any way you like! That’s the beauty of these overflowing bowls. You’re the master chef here, and there’s no wrong way to pile in the wholesome, nutritious ingredients.

Oh, and did we mention that these bowls are extremely photogenic? Snap a picture for Instagram before you take a bite!

Emma DiLallo is a copywriter living in Chicago (but reps her NYC roots). She is always down for catching live music and eating sushi 7 days a week. 

 

 

 

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