What Exactly Is A Buddha Bowl?

Hello, and Happy Monday! I see videos and articles about Buddha Bowls all the time. I thought to myself what is a Buddha Bowl, and why is it called that? Keep reading, it is kind of neat.

I really couldn’t find the original intent of the Buddha Bowl. But, according to Wikipedia, the Buddha Bowl became a big food concept in 2013. It apparently started as a Vegan movement way of eating, but can now be Vegetarian, as it the concept has spread. Vegetarian means lots of veggies with some small amounts of meat sources also. It is intended to be healthy, however, so using the freshest, organic if possible, least processed food items would be best according to the Buddha Bowl concept.

Why is it called a Buddha Bowl? Well, there are some theories but no one seems to exactly know for certain.

  1. These bowls are meant to have lots of color with a variety of colored veggies, and wholesome whole grain foods, which may imply balance, and wellness. I can see that for sure.
  2. The bowl should be really round with high edges, possibly a reference to Buddha’s famous belly.
  3. Buddha would, apparently, carry his bowl through the village for villagers to put Vegetarian food items into for him to eat.

I have never actually created a Buddha Bowl, but I love the concept. Especially for taking a meal to work when I work my long 12 hours and it is so easy to just eat garbage food. I will certainly be doing this, and from a meal prep point of view it would be so easy to have already made grains in the fridge with chopped veggies and a protein of my choice. Just the dressing would be an issue, but making my own might be fun. A lot of the dressings use Tahini. I have never tried Tahini, but I know it is made of Sesame Seeds. If you have CKD, or need to watch your Oxalates, Tahini could be a problem for you. As with any dressing, or sauce, use it sparingly. You do not have to use a Tahini based dressing. Be sure and check out the video below with 5 different dressings for your Buddha bowl, to make at home.

How do you make a buddha bowl. First pick a nice, big, round dish with high lips. For work mine will be rectangle, so oh well. I guess I could just leave all of the ingredients separate and put it together at work. That would work. Your cooked grains should go on the very bottom. Some examples are rice, barley, quinoa, etc. Try for whole grains, but again with CKD whole grains may not work for you. I personally love Jasmine Rice. Next would be all of your colorful fresh veggies. These bowls are typically cold, like a salad, but I could see a warm Buddha Bowl being lovely. Don’t forget fresh herbs, and I don’t ever really see fruit, but hay I love fresh fruit. Then your protein would go on. If you want to use a mixture of plant-based, ie beans, lentils, legumes, and or nuts, with a meat source, I say go for it. Make it your own, and whatever will encourage you to adopt a healthier eating lifestyle is fine. Don’t make something you won’t like, or at least make a small amount of it when trying something new. I don’t really see where there is dairy involved in these bowls either. So, no cheese. Last, but not least, the dressing. If you really just can’t make your own, use whatever kind you like from the store. Just be Mindful of portion sizes. Do not mix the Buddha Bowl, presentation is everything. You want to savor the beauty, balance, and health of the bowl.

Of all the food concepts I have read, and studied, I like this one the best so far. From a Mindful Eating perspective you can enjoy putting your Buddha Bowl together, the beauty of all the colors, the amazing smells from fresh herbs, and then the enjoyment of eating it. Just the concept brings peaceful wellness to mind. I think just a plain old salad can be very boring, and unappealing. Buddha Bowls sound amazing!

What do you think? Would you try one, or have you already? Let me know in the comments.

I am going to meal prep some for this next weekend when I work. I actually have some organic barley in my pantry that I need to cook and use. Other than soup, not cold enough for that yet, I wasn’t sure what I should do with it, spur of the moment buy, lol. But, now I know. I shop on Friday, so I can get tons of fresh veggies, chop and have everything prepped. Plus, I got these delicious garlic pepper pistachios from Trader Joe’s that I think will be amazing. My garden has produced a ton of Basil, too, so I might make that Basil dressing in the video below.

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My name is Melissa. I am a certified Health Coach, Holistic Coach, Kidney Coach, LPN, can coach in Herbalism, Aromatherapy, Guided Imagery, am level 2 Reiki certified, and I want to be your Health and Wellness Coach. I am continually learning and taking classes to expand my knowledge base.

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