Kalya Patra – The Healthy Food Bowl

Buddhism & Buddha Bowl.

Buddhism is the world’s fourth-largest religion with over 520 million followers, or over 7% of the global population, known as Buddhists.

There are several explanations for why the name refers to Buddha Bowl. It may originate from presenting a balanced meal, where balance is a key Buddhist concept or from the story of Buddha carrying his food bowl to fill it with whatever bits of vegetarian food villagers would offer him.

A Buddha bowl is a vegetarian meal, served on a single bowl or high-rimmed plate, which consists of small portions of several foods, served cold. These may include whole grains such as quinoa or brown rice, plant proteins such as chickpeas or tofu, and vegetables. The portions are not mixed on the plate or in the bowl, but arranged in an “artful” way.

Buddha Bowl An Emerging Trend.

The concept appeared in 2013 and has grown popular since early 2017.Buddha bowls have been compared to Nourish Bowls (a non-vegetarian version) and to Poké Bowls (a Hawaiian raw fish dish).

Rich in veggies and lean proteins, Buddha bowls are the latest health food trend to capture the fancy of Instagram, Pinterest and food blogs and the world. The popularity of food in a bowl had continued to surge all through 2017 as well, as predicted by food trend experts across the world.
“Bowl food” as a concept finds favour with those dedicated to healthy eating. Apart from the regular entrants in bowl food, Buddha bowls are poised to become a hot favorite with vegans, especially those on Pinterest and YouTube.

Aesthetically pleasing, Buddha bowls (also known as hippie bowls or macro bowls) are loaded with colorful ingredients and are both versatile and tasty. What perhaps works in favour of this trend is the fact that really isn’t a single right way to make a Buddha bowl. You can play around with different ingredient combinations, herbs, spices and seasoning to construct a wholesome, healthy meal in a bowl.

The key is to strike a balance with major food groups – lean protein, complex carbohydrates, as well as healthy fats – to derive maximum benefit from your meal. Since most Buddha bowls are vegan, the base is usually composed of quinoa or other (cooked) whole grains like amaranth, brown or white rice as also millet. Legumes like chickpeas, kidney beans, lentils, etc. can also be added to bulk up the bowl.

Veggies can either be roasted or simply added raw for a bit of texture. Seasonal fruits can also be added, in case you wish to add a touch of unique flavour to your dish. Leafy greens and seeds like sesame, sunflower, chia may also be added for added goodness. Hummus, feta cheese, olive oil, vinegar are usually used as toppings to enhance the taste of individual components.

Components Of Buddha Bowl.

Buddha bowls, or macro bowls, have been a longtime favorite workweek munch. Simple bowls comprised of the various dishes No matter what they’re called—Buddha bowls, macro bowls, grain bowls, meal salads. They’re colorful, comforting and the perfect way to turn simple ingredients into a healthy feast. The fine art of the bowl is mainly focused on two key principles: Balance and Contrast!

A high-energy base: Whole grains
The combination of starch (carbohydrates) and fiber, whole grains provide stable energy for several hours after a meal.
A filling element : Protein
Not only is protein very effective when it comes to satiety, but the body uses protein to build and repair its various components such as muscles, skin, hair, antibodies, hormones, etc.
Vibrancy : Two or three colors of vegetables
Each vegetable pigment provides a unique set of health benefits. Therefore, to make the most of the rainbow’s full spectrum, draw on your inner Picasso, and use a variety of colors!
Healthy fats
Healthy fats keep the cardiovascular system happy and help the body assimilate vitamins A, D, E and K.

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