THE HOTTEST FOOD TREND OF 2017

The Buddha Bowl: What is it and to make one.

If there’s one trend you should definitely get on board with this year, it’s the Buddha Bowl. If you’re reading this and wondering what on earth a Buddha Bowl is, you’re not alone. But stay with us, because the hottest trend in the foodie domain at moment is well worth knowing about… and eating!

Also known as a ‘nourish bowl’ or ‘hippie bowl’, the Buddha Bowl is a colourful combination of wholesome grains, colourful veggies; usually roasted, raw or sautéed, greens, seeds, and a super-tasty dressing to combine them all. They are versatile, and to be completely honest, damn tasty.

Essentially, the Buddha Bowl was created to make healthy eating much more interesting and delicious, and it’s not hard to see why. Not only are Buddha Bowls gloriously plastered all over popular foodies’ Instagram accounts (we’re talking the likes of realandvibrant, choosingchia, and ritaserano), but the fashionable Buddha Bowl is brimming with healthy, yummy and totally customisable ingredients. They encourage us to pass on the carb-dense 2-minute noodles or stodgy beans on toast, and opt for a simple and healthy alternative that even the most mediocre cook can master (we promise).

So, here’s how you do it…

Buddha Bowl

The First Layer:
This usually comprises of mixed greens. Think baby spinach, lettuce, kale, etc. This is the foundation layer of your bowl. Feeling lazy? Open a bag of prepacked salad leaves, and voila!

The Second Layer:
This is where wholegrains are introduced. Comprising usually of cooked grains like brown rice, quinoa, couscous and more, this layer is the filler component which helps to keep your tummy satisfied for longer.

The Protein Layer:
Forget meat, this layer is usually packed with delicious marinated tofu, oozy soft boiled eggs, nuts and seeds.

The Veggie Layer:
Mostly roasted, but often raw or sautéed, you can usually find 3-5 brightly coloured vegetables in most Buddha Bowls. Think sweet potatoes, mushies, radishes, tomatoes and creamy avocadoes.

The Last Layer:
This is where you get your flavour hit. Buddha Bowl toppings often involve zesty lemon, hummus, tahini, yogurt or any healthy alternative to the old salad dressing.

If you’re keen to experiment with making your own, don’t be scared. Just follow the steps above as a foundation and let your tastebuds be the judge.


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