Healthier Eating – Buddha Bowl

Contrary to how it may look it isn’t all cakes, meals out and sandwich cookies around here. Unfortunately I have had to recently rein in my unhealthy eating which has meant exploring a whole new area of the food blogging world – healthy food blogs.

I’ve found lots of them, some can be a little more extreme than others but they are all good to get tips from for how to eat healthily and cutting out processed food. One of the things I have discovered is something called a Buddha Bowl, which is basically a bowl full of goodness which has to / should contain certain things. The ‘formula’ for a buddha bowl is (adapted from Keeping Healthy Getting Stylish )

– Healthy complex carb- quinoa, bulgar, brown rice, cous cous or Starchy Veg – sweet potato or squash
– Protein – beans, chickpeas, tofu if you are keeping it veggie – or grilled chicken / fish
– Vegetables – green ones are best – spring greens, broccoli, spinach, sugar snap peas, peas
– Healthy fat – mine is an avocado or you could try seeds or nuts
– Dressing – I usually go for simple olive oil / balsamic, or olive oil and mustard, you can try soy and honey. As long as it isn’t a fatty creamy dressing.

My most recent one was a base of cooked quinoa, chickpeas (canned), peas, chopped carrot, sliced avocado, local cherry tomatoes and a mustard, olive oil and honey dressing. It was so filling, fresh and very summery. It took about 10 minutes to prepare, whilst I waited for the quinoa to cook I drained and add chickpeas, chopped veggies and made my dressing in a little jar. I sliced my avocado before eating to stop it being brown.

I’ve tried it again a couple of times since then – using cannelini beans, spring greens, spinach, bulgar and my usual dressing, and my trusty avocado. Toasted pine nuts are also a nice addition, I always toast too many when I make pesto.

Now I have a formula I feel armed with the ability to make better lunches!

4 Comments on Healthier Eating – Buddha Bowl

  1. Laura
    May 30, 2012 at 12:25 pm (7 years ago)

    Oh yum, that looks like a delicious Buddha bowl quinoa and chickpeas are one of my favourite combos! 🙂

  2. Joy
    May 30, 2012 at 6:16 pm (7 years ago)

    Yummy, that sounds lovely

  3. Honey.Bumble
    May 30, 2012 at 7:35 pm (7 years ago)

    That looks so good and healthy too!! xx

  4. Ivana
    May 30, 2012 at 8:35 pm (7 years ago)

    This looks delicious and full of things I always have at home. Thanks for the tips!


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