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Updated: Aug 6, 2018

If you haven’t heard about Buddha bowls yet, then I am thrilled you are reading this post to learn about this trendy, hearty and beautiful dish that has been said to be the top health food of 2017!

A Buddha Bowl is an overstuffed bowl resembling the belly of a Buddha. It has been referred to as a hippie bowl full of hearty dishes. Buddha bowls are loaded with a ton of different veggies, roasted or served raw. They are no strict guidelines when defining a Buddha bowl – the proteins, vegetables, grains and dressing vary according to your taste. Many Buddha bowls are vegetarian based, maybe even vegan, but meat is allowed. All served on a bed of whole grains like brown rice or quinoa.

How to assemble your Buddha Bowl:

  1. Choose a special bowl

  2. Start with a whole grain as your base

  3. Add a Variety of Leafy greens, Veggies & Beans

  4. Top with Nuts & Seeds

  5. Dress with Your Favorite Sauce/Dressing

  6. Eat mindfully enjoying all the flavors and textures

  7. Enjoy the good vibes from a happy belly

What I love about this dish is that it is

  • So satisfying. You basically can add whatever veggies/nut/seeds/grains you’re loving at the moment and/or whatever is in season.

  • It’s a great way to fit Carbs, Proteins and Healthy Fats into one meal (plus fiber, and vitamins/minerals and all the goodness that comes with eating whole nutrient dense foods)

  • It’s a great way to be mindful about what you’re eating

  • You feel almost as happy as a Buddha (maybe just me)

  • Perfect having tons of leftovers (that you can mix and match with)



  1. Gather and prep your Buddha Bowl ingredients.

  2. Add the ingredients you want warmed into your bowl first. Heat them, then add cold ingredients and top with your sauce.

Recipe Notes

Dressing : Asian Style Peanut Dressing

1 tbsp peanut butter

1 tbsp. amino acid (soy sauce)

1 tbsp. honey

1 tbsp. red wine vinegar

2 tbsp. water 1 tsp grated ginger

More Ideas on Buddha Bowls:

  • Greens: kale, spinach, arugala

  • Veggies: squash, broccoli, carrots, peppers, roasted eggplant, brussels sprouts, beets

  • Grains: quinoa, brown rice, couscous

  • Protein: tofu, chickpeas, beans, edamame

  • Healthy Fats: avocado, cashews, almonds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds

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