After smoothie bowls swept over social media last year, the Internet has found a new obsession.
Buddha bowls or the hippie bowls are the new "in" thing across the world. Our Instagram and Pinterest feeds have already started flooding with posts of these picturesque bowls overflowing with meats, veggies, sauces, nuts, seeds and every healthy food imaginable. They are said to resemble the pot belly of Buddha, and hence the overflowing elements in the bowl.
What are they?
While we are aware that these are healthy, nutritious and every fitness junkie’s fantasy, but the question is, what exactly are Buddha bowls? Unfortunately, there isn't a proper term or definition for these bowls, so we are going to settle with the fact that they resemble the huge belly of Buddha.
The health factor
These bowls although beautiful and overcrowded, are a lot more than just that. Balance is key to making these bowls of health. These bowls incorporate the food and eating principles of Chinese and Japanese medicine, and aim at reducing the toxin levels in the body, especially from all the junk we consume otherwise. A little bit of everything, right from grains and vegetables to meat, finding the perfect balance in nutrients and flavours is essential to make your own Buddha bowl.
The great thing about Buddha bowls is that they are highly customisable. If you are vegetarian, vegan or love your meats, there is a way to make the perfect Buddha bowl for yourself. Top your bowl with nuts, seeds, sprouts, nut butters or anything else you prefer for that extra added crunch and flavour.
Make your own
Buddha bowls are more than easy to make and will make your social media feeds blare with attention. To make a basic bowl, pile on chickpeas, mixed greens and avocado slices on a bed of brown rice or quinoa. Drizzle with olive oil, lemon juice and sprinkle some pepper, salt, paprika and fresh cilantro. Top it with some nuts and seeds and you have yourself a new obsession.