Nourish bowls…Buddha bowls 🥣…super amazing
bowls filled with nutritious and health filled goodies, with a rainbow of colors, tastes and more ☀️
Your body really is a temple and what we eat matters
I love making nourish bowls, these because they’re easy and help me meal prep. I typically cook a big batch of everything and then put into smaller pyrex containers for the first 3 days of the week. That way I only have a few finishing touches to make sure the meal is aligned with what I my body needs that day.
They’re as simple as…
🍚 base of grains/ seeds, I use organic quinoa like 95% of the time, it’s easy, my body likes it and it tastes great. I usually eat 1/3-1/2 cup. You can bulk prep this on Sunday or Monday to make your life even sweeter.
🥬 greens and beans, I like to cook a batch of beans (kidney, black, black eyed peas, chickpeas, I call this my “bean of the week” with onion and garlic and then add in my chopped hearty leafy greens (think kale, chard, even arugula or spinach. I typically cook these with soy sauce, coconut amino acids, lemon juice and toasted sesame oil. 1/2 cup.
🥩 🍳 Protein-depending on your diet, you can choose tofu, Tempeh, grass fed ground beef patty, salmon burger, egg, the possibilities are endless. I opt for about 4-6 ounces of protein. If you choose to consume animal protein, try to find the best quality you can afford. Remember you eat what it ate…so opt for local, pasture raised, grass fed etc. Find your local farmers market and educate yourself about the quality of meat you are currently eating. The fact is many animals are in suboptimal conditions that we don’t have to go into the details of but just understanding that everything is energy. What do you support?
🥗Veggies-complex carbs are good carbs for your body. My go to is a baked sweet potatoes 🍠 squashes but I also like to switch it out with some broccoli, roasted cauliflower, and whatever is typically in season for my area.I try to have at least 1 cruciferous vegetable in my nourish bowls since they are so great at helping to detox the body. Veggies are important not just for their phytochemicals but also because they are a whole food with fiber which helps keep our digestion regular. Opt for organic and locally grown when ever you can, the same things applies…what ever your food was exposed to during it’s growing period…will also become your body.
🥬 Sauce-it’s all about the sauce 💚 you can use hummus, make your own Chermoula sauce, a cashew lemon cream sauce, the sky is the limit. Even salsa gets saucy 😈
This can include things like toasted cashews, tasty seasoning like Trader Joe’s Adjika seasoning, raw or toasted pepitas, sunflower seeds etc.
A good rule of thumb that I like to incorporate is to consider what color from the rainbow 🌈 is missing from my plate.
From there I’ll try to fill it in with whatever is available in my pantry my cupboards etc. Often times it revolves around including more green so I like to chop up a lot of earths to make it extra nutritious, especially if I’m incorporating animal protein.
Sometimes it’s just mining my freezer for some frozen vegetables that I could heat up really quick and season with some tasty for even simple sauces and spices. Or chopping up some tasty purple cabbage 🥬
I’m super fortunate to be married into an Armenian family where herbs have been the center of food for most of the meals that my mother-in-law would make for us.
Since experiencing her incredible cuisine, I have included more herbs than I ever have in my life. Which is now one of my favorite things to do since it’s such a great source of antioxidants. This is something to consider for those of us who like to consume animal proteins, as it does cause oxidative stress in our bodies and if there’s anyway that we can mitigate that we can learn a thing or two from the blue zones, to incorporate as much herbs and greens and vegetables in our diet.