There is something so satisfying about taking a bowl and loading it with all your favorite foods.  There is a relished freedom in a no-holds barred, slap it in the bowl because…well you can approach.  You have probably read all the food blogs about Buddha Bowls, so now you feel that you are a bowl pro, right? We are sure you’ve got mad bowl skills and may even be a bonafide Bowl Boss, but have you ever stopped to think about how your creations provide you with sustainable high performance throughout the day?

When done really well, Buddha Bowls can be satisfyingly delicious, go-to meals that keep energy high and focus sharp.  Getting the right balance of nutrients from a variety of superfood ingredients is the key to a well-rounded, nourishing Buddha Bowl.   

Here are a few pro tips to build the perfect bowl:

  1. Build your Base:  Traditionally, whole grains and complex carbs make a great foundation.  Rich in antioxidants, slow burning carbs and fiber found in foods like, quinoa, brown rice, wheat berries or bulgur are all great options.  About 1 cup is typically a good target. For a lighter bowl, swap half of your grains for more greens like kale, arugula or spinach.
  2. Pick a Protein:  Protein is an important component of any meal that will keep your blood sugars steady and help you feel fuller for longer.  Aim for 3-6 oz and keep it lean with grilled chicken, a poached egg or salmon.  You could even go meatless and add plant-based options like garbanzo beans or tofu.
  3. Color Correct:  Eat the rainbow to achieve true Buddha Bowl Boss status.  Vegetables are always a great idea. The more color you add, the more your bowl will deliver on antioxidant defense.  Challenge yourself by including at least 5 different colorful vegetables.  Starchy veggies like squash and sweet potatoes are great additions, just be mindful of portions. They lend carbs that can weigh down your bowl. Remember, you are trying to build a Buddha Bowl, not a Buddha belly!
  4. Get Saucy:  As a wise person once said, “The sauce is the boss”.  Use flavorful sauces to perk up your bowl and make it truly epic.  The sauce is usually the fat component, so you should choose wisely and add small portions of flavorful fats from sources like tahini, olive oil and avocado.  

If you are fortunate enough to have Guckenheimer be the onsite food service company for your corporate cafeteria, then you may have a great opportunity to build a balanced Buddha Bowl from the Health Bar.  You have fresh, chef-prepared ingredients at your fingerprints.  All you have to do is use the tips above and get creative! Build the perfect Buddha Bowl and find your lunchtime Nirvana.

“To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.” – Buddha

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