Colorful and fun bowls full of flavors and healthy ingredients
These buddha bowls are a hit in our house! Since I follow a more plant-based diet than my boyfriend and the kids all like different vegetables, I made it a fun “build your own” buddha bowl. Kids are more likely to eat their vegetables and try new ones if they are offered in a fun way and they have some choice in which ones they want to eat. Tonight, I required them to choose at least two vegetables. I prepped and gave them a few options from the list below.
My Buddha Bowl had a rice and quinoa blend at the base, along with a spring mix, roasted cauliflower, roasted beet, roasted sweet potato, cherry tomatoes, chickpeas, green onions, hummus I made myself, and a fresh squeeze of lemon.
The possibilities are endless!
But be sure to try to adhere to certain nutritional rules, such as to always use whole grains as the base, then vegetables, proteins, and some “sprinkles” at the top.
Whole grains are a great source of fiber, proteins, magnesium, manganese, and B vitamins. The key to choosing a healthy carb is to stay away from simple, processed ones like most pasta and white rice. You can pick one or two for the whole week and prep it on the weekends. Cooked grains last 5 to 6 days in the fridge.
At least one-third of your Buddha Bowl should be vegetables, as they are a great source of antioxidants and nutrients. Combine raw and roasted or cooked veggies for more texture, color, and crunchy taste.
*Note: Baby greens are more nutritional, so try to choose these over the regular ones.
If you don’t have time to cook beans, canned is also good, just make sure it doesn’t contain any added salt or sugar. You don’t need that. If you are more into meat, that is also fine, but beans also contain protein and are amazing for you.
Want to know more about the amazing benefits of chickpeas? Here is an article for you! Dried Chickpeas vs Canned Chickpeas: main differences and nutritional benefits
This is up to you and your taste only. If you like the sweet-salty combo, go for it! You can add fresh or dried fruits, and take your Buddha Bowl to the next level.
It’s time to spice it up a bit. Add something that will make your bowl a special treat for you. Something creamy like guacamole, hummus, or tahini; something crunchy like nuts, herbs, or seeds; and something fresh like a squeeze of lemon or lime.
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