So here it is, one of the easiest ways to tackle a plant-based diet. The Buddha Bowl!
What helped me through my early stages of eating plant-based was looking at all the food groups I could eat within the diet. These include Whole grains, Legumes, Fruits, Vegetables, Greens, Nuts & Seeds. Breakfasts were always easy, as oatmeal has always been a go-to breakfast for me even before cutting out the animal products. Lunch and dinner, on the other hand, were slightly more difficult.
This is why I was inspired to break it down for anyone struggling the way I did in the beginning. The best way to get in all the delicious plant foods while not feeling as though you are missing out on anything is the mighty Buddha Bowl!
Buddha bowls not only make eating plant-based an absolute breeze, but they also ensure getting in all the healthy food groups and covering all your bases as a plant-based eater.
Worried about protein sources?
Don’t be! Let me put your mind at ease by referring you to the above list of my favourite protein sources. Not to mention that protein will also be found in most of your whole grains, veggies, nuts and seeds! You cannot be protein deficient unless you are calorie deficient. An amazing Documentary Film which will further put your mind at ease is Food Choices (2016).
Some of my favourite Buddha Bowl combinations:
The Power Quinoa & Spinach Bowl
Quinoa, baby spinach, sautéed mushrooms, butternut, chickpeas, avocado, sesame seeds, and a drizzle of lemon juice and tahini. An extra topping I love to add to this is pomegranate seeds!
Asian Inspired Bowl
Brown rice, sautéed kale, bok choy, roasted aubergine, lightly marinated tofu, edamame, chopped almonds, and a tamari or soy sauce drizzle.
Mediterranean Couscous Bowl
Couscous, mixed greens, roasted peppers, roasted tomatoes, roasted courgettes, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, topped with a dollop of hummus and a good squeeze of lemon.
As you can see, the combinations are endless and truly can be adjusted for personal preference. This is such a fun way to play around with new foods!
How to begin: Make a list of all your favourite foods, along with my suggested foods above, and start building your perfect meal! This is great for lunches as well as dinners, so give it a go! This above diagram is also an amazing way to put together other meals like pasta. Combine a few of your favourites under each heading and throw it into a pasta! Essentially it is merely a guideline to get your creative mind working!
Please feel free to tag me in any creations you make on my Instagram handle @amber_gisele and I will share your creation on my Instagram and Facebook stories to further inspire others to give it a try!
All my love,
Amber Gisele X