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Namaste Buddha Bowl. Zen your Superfood!

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Bowl food as a vitamin bomb

Nowadays eating healthy has become a trend and certainly doesn’t fall short on our list. High in nutritional value and dense in vitamins, the so called Superfoods are packed with all the goodness to help you boost your immune system. Especially for the winter season ahead of us, there are some delicious ways you can shield your body with these powerhouse nutrients. The latest culinary buzz, the so called ‘Bowl Foods’ are a good way to combine a balanced meal, made out of wholesome, satisfying and healthy ingredients, served in a bowl of course. But are those Superfoods as super as they sound? And what is it with this Bowl Foods? Is there a connection between those newly popular ways of healthy eating?

When you want to have an exact definition on Superfoods don’t even start searching for it on the internet. All you will find are tons and tons of articles questioning the effect of Superfoods on the human body and before you knew it you will find yourself sinking in the mass of Information not knowing why you even started researching. All we can say for sure is that Superfoods are a controversial topic whether they have their name for good or if it is all just another marketing action.

Bowl food and Superfoods

Well known are the previous mentioned facts that they are high in nutritional value and dense in vitamins. When you have a closer look at its healthy ingredients the topic of secondary plant substances comes to the fore. Secondary plant substances are known for providing our bodies with energy, vitality and most of all helps preventing and healing medical issues such as, but not limited to reducing blood pressure and cholesterol, regulating blood sugar level and supporting digestion. It even may support to prevent or fight cancer and other diseases. For example, chia seeds are high in dietary fibres, proteins and got some valuable omega-3 fatty acids. Combined with any liquid chia seeds swell up ten times larger their usual size and therefore are an outstanding substantial dish. Another example are acai berries which are rich in unsaturated fatty acids and thus support and protect the heart and the circulatory system. Containing lots of vitamins and antioxidants it also helps combating free radicals. Several kinds of nuts (hazelnuts, walnuts, peanuts), berries (blueberries, blackberries, goji-berries), seeds (hempseeds, flaxseeds, sesame seeds) and algas (spirulina, chlorella, wakame) are count as the main groups of the Superfood hype.

Superfoods and Buddah Bowls

This is why our Superfood also occurs in Bowl foods, or as some might say Buddha Bowls or Rainbow Bowls if they are particularly colourful. The term Buddha Bowl is thought to be used, because you fill up your bowl as round and fat as Buddha’s stomach.

Relating to that those bowls have the purpose to promote a Zen-full way of eating. This means to be fully aware of the moment and enjoying every bite blissfully. In case you are looking for a great way to pack a vegan meal rich in protein and all other important nutrients our body shares, we definitely recommend these bowls. Its origins are in Hawaii where the so called ‘Poke Bowls’ have equally turned into a health craze.

Usually Buddha Bowls are made of 10% of healthy fats (avocado, fish, nuts), 25% of plant based protein (tofu, chickpeas, red lentils), another 25% of complex carbohydrates (sweet potatoes, quinoa, whole grain cereals), and 40% of vegetables (tomatoes, spinach, broccoli) in order to fully provide us with all essential nutrients. Needlessly to say you can also switch things up and create a breakfast version of the Buddha Bowl. Instead of Avocados you grab some nuts, protein can be found in hempseeds, oatmeal replaces quinoa and when it comes to fruits you can grab a Superfood like blackcurrants and many more.

5 Rules for the perfect Buddah Bowl

When you want to adapt yourself to this healthy way of eating you also have to bear in mind the five rules of clean eating when creating your own Buddha Bowl:

1. You need to make sure that you mainly use wholefood and natural groceries,

2. Convenience products are now meant to be homemade,

3. Nevertheless, if you use convenience products pay attention they are organic,

4. Do not use any products with unnecessary accessory agents such as artificial aromas and dyes and preservatives,

5. Exchange unhealthy stuff like sugar with stevia and wheat with (gluten free) whole grain cereals.

Keeping those points in mind, nothing can go wrong. Have fun designing your healthy, nifty bowl and if you need a little inspiration try a bowl in our ninety-nine Bowl bar. In our hotels we encourage mindful eating and offer a variety of toppings, so you can customise your perfect bowl. Share your tips and thoughts about the new healthy ways of eating with us and tell us what’s your favourite bowl constellation or which one you would like to try. Keep calm and eat a bowl full of happiness. Zen your meal!

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