“There’s one food trend to get on board with in 2017, it’s Buddha Bowls. Not only are they aesthetically pleasing, but Buddha Bowls are versatile and, frankly, damned tasty.
Essentially, Buddha Bowls (also known as macro bowls or hippie bowls) are colorful, filling dishes built in a large bowl and composed of grains, veggies (raw, sautéed and/or roasted), protein (legumes, tofu or meat), greens and seeds — and to finish it all off, a hearty dressing.
Buddha Bowls are a way to make eating healthy more interesting and delicious, and they’re set to be big this year.
There’s no ‘one way’ to make a Buddha Bowl, and that’s the beauty of them. You can design your own bowl, filling it with ingredients and flavours you like. Play around with different spices, herbs and dressings to help find the combination that works best for you”
With this in mind and our commitment to eating for eye health below you will find our suggested foods for an Eye Healthy version of the Buddha Bowl.
Step one: Cook your grain
Grains are high-fibre foods that come in various forms. Depending on your taste and intolerances, the best options to go for are: brown, red or black rice, quinoa, millet or buckwheat.
Simply cook as per the packet’s instructions, and head to step two while it’s cooking away.
Along with fibre, grains provide carbohydrates, protein and a wide range of vitamins and minerals, including B vitamins, iron, vitamin E, zinc, magnesium and phosphorus. It’s for these reasons that grains make an excellent addition to Buddha Bowls.
Step two: Roast your veggies
Our recommendation for eye friendly veggies would be a combination of sweet potato, carrot or pumpkin plus either spinach, broccoli, zucchini, rocket or cabbage.
To add flavour before roasting, sprinkle the vegetables with spices like ground cumin, coriander, chilli, cinnamon, garlic powder and paprika.
Step three: Cook protein
For the ultimate in eye healthy foods use tuna, fish or salmon as your protein or a couple of eggs as a vegetarian option.
Step four: Assemble
You can assemble your bowl any way you like then add your toppings, good examples include avocado, roasted chickpeas, hummus, olives or nuts and seeds and don’t forget the dressing.
Your Buddha bowl is now complete and full of beta-carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin, Omega 3 as well as vitamin C, vitamin D and vitamin E.
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