Buddha Bowls !!!

Buddha Bowls!!

I love all kinds of Buddha Bowls. These are filling dishes made of greens, beans, healthy grains, dressing and nuts or seeds ( Eat this not that, 2015). It is funny to have a healthy food named after a man with a large round tummy (well depending on the country). Sometime Buddha is a slim man but that is besides the point. The reason I am doing this post is because I LOVE Buddha bowl’s! I fell in love with them at a local restaurant in California called Wilda’s. They make the best, most addicting version of a Buddha bowl. I have tried to replicate it but I will never get it exactly right. While trying to find a similar recipe, I stumbled upon some very great recipes for Buddha bowls. These recipes are nourishing and delicious.

Below are a list of yummy Buddha Bowls that you need to try !!!!

  1. This recipe used peanut butter and lime juice together! Sounds interesting doesn’t it? You should try it because these ingredients are easy to find and complement each other well. The pictures on this post are from this recipe. I made this yesterday and my fiancé and I loved it. He said it was excellent and different. We get bored easily and this recipe is easy not boring at all! Mucho flavor !!!!
  2. Vegan Buddha Bowl! We are not vegan but I really enjoy many vegan recipes. Buddha bowls can be universal in my opinion. You can make then gluten free, vegan and dairy free. I love this about them. Most people who eat a lot of meat love them as well. The restaurant that introduced me to Buddha bowls was loved by all. It was not just a “hippy” place.
  3. Greek Buddha Bowls! Yum! I love Greek salads and this has some of the same ingredients. It has grain and beans in it. That is what separates it from a regular Greek salad

I wish I could find a recipe that is similar to the Buddha bowls that I had back home but I cannot find anything that is similar. I will explain it. It has brown rice, black beans, cabbage, cilantro, grilled chicken and a magic sauce. The sauce was creamy and red white in color. It was addicting and simple. They would serve it in a Chinese take-out container with chopsticks. You could spot someone enjoying this dish from a mile away and instantly start to crave it.

The problem with where I live now is that ingredients are hard to find. I can not get lemon grass to save my life but the recipe’s above use easily found ingredients.

I hope you try one of these recipes or order one when you see it offered on a menu! I will now try them all because I am searching for that familiar one I used to eat in Northern California. Enjoy! I know I will 🙂 !

 

“How to Make a Buddha Bowl for Weight Loss.” Eat This Not That. N.p., 19 June 2015. Web. 14 Mar. 2017.

 

Six Reasons to Meal Prep!

I bet you have heard a lot about meal prepping. On every social media platform, I see someone posting prepped meals. Normally they have some kind of motivational hashtag attached to these posts.  For a long time I thought what a nice idea but never imaged myself taking part in this movement. I figured it was only for really fit people but then my mom called me and told me she loved meal prepping. She shared some mason jar salad recipes she was using.

My mom motivated me to try it and now I am a hooked. I can imagine going back. I cook once and eat all week. My diet is so much more balance and I am feel like I am being good to my body!

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Below are a list of reasons why meal prepping is so awesome!

1.You save money!

People say eating healthy is expensive and it can be. I only purchase foods that are in season for  the most part and that helps me save on cost.

2. You always have something easy to grab and it is healthy!

I love this. I am a working student who does not have time to cook myself three meals a day. I enjoy not thinking about my meals and just having them planned out ahead of time. I do not have to think and I am eating a clean diet.

3. You feel better when you eat better!

When I am eating a balanced diet, I feel more alive.  I get out of bed more easily and I have so much more energy. I try to remember this when I need to motivate myself to meal prep.

4. Meal prepping helps with portion control!

You can be eating healthy but still overeating and prepping makes this a no brainier. You only eat what you have in your little container. I never feel hungry after eating my prepped meal but if I had extra rice, I would eat it all and that it why I love the portion control prepping offers.

5. It makes your goals more attainable!

Whether your goal is lose, maintain or gain weight prepping makes it easy. You put whatever it is in the container that helps you reach your goal.

6. Work smarter not harder!

I am lazy and for me cooking once a week is amazing! Lunch is my hardest meal and that is the meal I focus on. I know people who prep every meal but I am happy with just prepping my lunches and snakes.

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Interesting fact, the nutrition labels will be changing soon according to the FDA. There should be more information about heart disease and other diseases. The good news is that if you eat a clean healthy diet this change will not effect you. I rarely look at labels anymore because  I have been eating food that does not have them and that makes me proud. Meal prepping healthy meals means saying good bye to reading nutrition labels.

I hope you go out and try meal prepping! Thank you for reading!

U S Food and Drug Administration Home Page. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Mar. 2017.