Bowl Food or Buddha Bowl
Bowl Food is from the USA, as it might be otherwise. In 2015 we started with the new trend: you do not take to the table from many different pots, but packs everything for each family member into a single bowl (Bowl). The bowl is, from a purely visual point of view, often more of a work of art than a meal, because it is arranged as colorfully and aesthetically as possible. The Bowl is also made of high-quality ingredients and should meet the 6 rules of clean eating:
- Use fresh, full-bodied and natural foods
- Making finished products in the future (eg ketchup, dressings, sauces, desserts, etc.)
- Do not buy finished products
- If finished products, then bio-finished products
- Do not use products with harmful or unnecessary additives (flavors, dyes, preservatives, etc.)
- Replace unhealthy healthy (eg instead of sugar yacon powder, instead of wheat quinoa and millet, instead of normal pasta gluten-free noodles, etc.)
Often, the Bowl Food is also called Buddha Bowl simply because the bowl is as thick and round as Buddha’s belly. But there are still many other names, depending on what you want to put emphasis on or what you want to fill the bowl today.
It can be a Vegan Bowl, a Veggie Bowl, a Superfood Bowl, a Power Bowl, a Rainbow Bowl (if the content is particularly colorful) or a Smoothie Bowl. Yes, with Bowl Smoothie, everything started.
Everybody knows the smoothie: a drink from the blender, into which one throws fruits, green leaf vegetables and water. Some recipes also contain nut muffins, oils, dried fruits or superfoods of all kinds, such as Graspulver, Maca, microalgae, cocoa, protein powder, matcha tea and much more.
A Smoothie Bowl is not drunk, as opposed to smoothie, because the smoothie is now in a bowl. It is much more rich and thickly cooked (with ice, frozen fruits, protein powder or healthy fats), more elaborately garnished (with granola, dried fruits, coconut chips, goji berries, fresh fruit slices, berries, cocoa beans and much more) and ultimately spooned like a soup.
Smoothie Bowls or Bowls are something for people who have fun to create an optical spectacle from the food. That is why Bowl’s photos are regularly a feast for the eyes – and the water is already at your fingertips, as for example Steffi Dächsel’s Smoothie Bowl, holistic health and nutrition consultant in Munich. The recipe is here: Green Smoothie Bowl with Matcha.
Smoothie Bowls: To lose weight, but also to take away
Naturally, Smoothie Bowls are healthy, incredibly nutritious, delicious and generally easily digestible. Smoothie bowls are by the way not necessarily low in calories. Because they are supposed to fill, satisfy and provide everything you need. Smoothie Bowls can therefore also be properly calorie-richly prepared, eg for people who need a lot of energy or for people who have to increase.
However, if you combine your Smoothie Bowl with light ingredients and enrich them with healthy dietary fiber (chia seeds, coconut powder and konjak powder), the Smoothie Bowl helps you lose weight – especially as you can not endlessly look up from some pots at Bowl Food. The Bowl Food is manageable, allows control over the amount of food and thus contains a portion – there is no more, which of course also has a positive effect when losing weight or keeping figure.
Bowl Food in Restaurants
From the USA, the Bowls slowly and safely conquered Great Britain, where there are now a large number of restaurants offering Smoothie Bowls. In the non-vegan “The Good Life Eatery” in London, for example, there is a Granola Bowl made from gluten-free homemade granola, strawberries, blueberries, coconut flakes, hemp seed, a milk-free coconut yogurt and bee pollen – a perfectly balanced breakfast, as chef Shirin Kourus explains: Full of nutrients, energizing and packed with antioxidants, healthy fats and many other vitalizing ingredients.
This does not only affect the Smoothie Bowls. Also the hearty bowls, which are less for breakfast, for lunch and dinner on the table are a firework of nutrients and vital substances – such as the Bowls in the “Soul Food” restaurant “The Bowl” in Berlin , Where Bowl Food is combined with clean eating. The bowls of “The Bowl” are all vegan, gluten-free, sugar-free, 100% organic and from exquisite ingredients.
Here, there is Bowl Food at its finest, namely Bowl Food menus, such as the following. Each course consists of a separate Bowl:
- Starter: Bowl of rosé (fried in coconut oil) with cashew cheese dressing and walnuts
- Main course: bowl of kidney bean hemp balls with apple red cabbage, sweet potato pancake and leaf salad with orange mustard dressing
- Dessert: raw-chocolate bowl of ½ mature avocado, 35 g of raw cocoa powder, 30 g of cold-pressed coconut oil, 3 teaspoons of dates (mixed with water) and 200 ml almond milk. All ingredients are blended in the blender and garnish with berries, fresh fruit slices and raw cocoa beans.
The basic principle of Bowl Food
Surely you have already recognized the basic principle of the Bowl. This is: The Bowl is to provide all necessary nutrients (carbohydrates, protein, fat and vital substances). For this purpose the Bowl
- 15 per cent of green leafy vegetables such as leaf salad, green cabbage, wild plants or spinach,
- From 20 to 30 percent of full-bodied carbohydrates, for example potatoes, whole grain cereals, pseudo-cereals, polenta, couscous or the like,
- To 30 to 50 percent of vegetables and
- To 10 to 20 percent from a protein-rich food, for example, legume fruits, nuts, lupine fillet or tofu.
The Bowl can contain both boiled foods and raw food. The contents of the Bowl are prepared in mouth-loving pieces, so that you do not need a knife to eat, but cheerfully spoon or fork. A bowl can also be eaten with chopsticks.
Finally, the bowl is poured over with a delicious sauce and garnished with colorful toppings – mostly superfoods. Otherwise there are no other specifications. So you can fill your bowl with the delicacies you like most.
Of course the Bowl does not have to be vegetarian or vegan. It can also contain meat or fish. As a vegan Bowl but really nothing is missing, neither tasteful nor with regard to the nutritional values, animal ingredients are superfluous.
Bowl Food – Ready in 10 minutes!
Bowl Food can be prepared very well and prepared shortly before consumption. Make sure you always have enough fresh vegetables and cooked side dishes, such as quinoa, lentils, chickpeas, spelled couscous, polenta, wild rice, beans or whatever you love. Also blanched vegetables are welcome as stock for your bowl. Of course, you can also use the Bowl for leftover, if you still have rice, potatoes, vegetables or anything else.
Then take your bowl and add some leaves of leaf vegetables (leaf salad, spinach, rocket or the like). Then cut or rub your favorite vegetables small and add them, such as cucumbers, tomatoes, carrots, celery, zucchini, peppers, white cabbage. Now add one or two spoons of quinoa and legumes or fried potatoes or sweet potatoes, or freshly blanched broccoli or cauliflower can be sliced into the bowl, maybe half an avocado and onion rings above.
A healthy sauce or a fine dressing lend the desired seasoning – and finally the topping the bowl still further on. There are no limits to your imagination: nuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, fresh herbs, pomegranate seeds, chia seeds, green powder, a source of baskets, some blots of walnut or black sesame mushrooms, pesto or whatever you like.