By Lin Sharpe Metaphysical Teacher and Coach/ Health Nut
Food for most of us is an important part of our daily lives, even an emotional experience. With varied results, research has been done on food and moods, with a general consensus seeming to be that foods and our association with it, can have a definite effect on our moods. Research seems to indicate foods packed with nutrients increase our feelings of happiness, although lets be honest, an occasional treat will definitely add to our feel good vibes.
I have been a vegetarian for many, many years and am now an almost vegan. Faced with health challenges my diet has had to become very restricted and mostly well, unappealing! So when I came across the idea of Buddha bowls, for the first time in a long time I began to see the possibility of actually looking forward to and enjoying my meals.
I remember thinking how great it was that someone had used this name for what I then thought was a just a bowl of food. The name conjured up Buddhist priests sitting eating their sparse bowls of food with gratitude and reverence for the food and the nourishment it was giving their bodies, yet secretly wishing they were eating much more exciting edibles.
As I took a greater interest in this emerging phenomenon, I realised that Buddha bowls are way more than just bowls of food. Colourful bowls of food, brimming with healthy veggies, healthy grains and proteins, seeds and nuts, satisfying to both your soul and your stomach, Buddha bowls can be visually appealing as well as making your taste buds jump for joy!
Whether you are a vegan or vegetarian (even a meat lover could add meat although strictly speaking a Buddha bowl is without animal content) there are numerous combinations, foods and textures you can lovingly combine in your Buddha bowl to make every meal interesting and varied. You can even inspire your guests with your Buddha bowl display and your artistic flare! Gone are the dull, boring same old, same old foods and in with new and exciting ways of eating!
Before we look at making a Buddha bowl, you may want to invest in a larger bowl than the normal ones we use.
As you will see from the picture the bowls are generally flat bottomed and wider. I have found that now that these bowls are becoming more in demand, you can buy them at many supermarkets and I was able to get a few different ones from my local supermarket. I only have white ones, as I find a white background makes all the different colours more vibrant and visually appealing.
Making a Buddha bowl
- The first step is to create your base, whether that is spinach or lettuce or greens for a raw bowl or a grain for a cooked bowl or combination or raw and cooked food. Grains provide fibre, protein, carbohydrates vitamins and minerals, so are a great way to get your bowl going. You might like to make your grain tastier by adding spices, dried herbs, balsamic vinegar, raisins or other chopped dried fruits, or anything you have used to take a grain from the boring to the yes please, more please
- With your base bubbling happily away or sitting snugly in your bowl, now its time to prepare some of your veggies! Choose the salads or vegetables you enjoy, whether roasting them or chopping them in raw. There are an infinite number of possibilities. An array of colours adds to visual attraction and the different colours all have their range of vitamins and minerals to keep it healthy. If roasting, you might choose to add your favourite spices, even a sprinkling of a healthy curry powder
- On to the protein and any veggies you might like to add. Vegetarian protein or meat can be dded at this time as well as extra veggies, adding spices or garlic, keeping them warm on the side. Remember the more colour and variety you have, the more appealing to your senses the final bowl will be
- Raw food is the next addition, again those which appeal to you, even adding in some fruit if you would like to
- This is the part where you get to create your visual display. Keeping the individual ingredients in groups, you can display them in whatever way you would like. I love to find the most colourful combinations as I always begin my meal ritual with admiring the food in front of me, visually feasting my eyes on it
- Although not necessarily a part of your Buddha bowl, I love to bless my food before eating it. I truly believe that it raises the vibration of the food. A blessing can be as simple as holding your hands over your food, closing your eyes and internally saying “I am grateful for this nourishment and I bless this food with love and ask that it be raised into the highest vibration that my body can hold and I am grateful ”, taking a deep breath and just imagining a golden ray pouring from your hands into your food. Now it really is a Buddha bowl!
There are numerous recipes for Buddha bowls that you can find in books or online with an infinite range of possibilities so keep creating different bowls, finding the ones you enjoy the most.
Introducing Buddha bowls to children can open up a whole new way of encouraging them to eat healthily, as they happily pick through crunchy raw bowls of delicious salads, veggies and fruit or a colourful array of cooked or roasted options. You may find this new way of preparing and serving foods encourages them to get more adventurous and open to new foods and taste experiences. Even older children may find themselves eating more veggies and fruits as this visual display is presented to them! You might like to get the whole family involved in preparing their bowls, turning it into a fun activity and quality time together.
How about getting really creative with your Easter bowls, Christmas Bowls, Birthday Bowls, Valentine Bowls and for any other special occasions, the possibilities are endless.
Have fun with your bowls, let your creative juices flow, bless your food and your body will respond with energy and vitality.
Why not host a Buddha Bowl party?