Bowls are my ultimate go-to for a tasty and nutritious lunch or dinner. You may have seen them called Goddess Bowls, Buddha Bowls or Dragon Bowls, and just like the creativity in the name, the beauty of bowls is that you can create them the way you like. I love this flexibility as I usually like to prepare several of the ingredients in advance so I can use them for at least a few meals throughout the week. This way, I can combine them different ways without feeling like I’m eating the same thing over and over!
I also find bowls to be a great way to get kids involved in cooking (and eating more vegetables) since they can chop up or grate some vegetables, mix a sauce and get creative building their own bowl, using the ingredients they like!
Here are a few ground rules to create a perfectly balanced bowl:
Start with your base:
Add a protein:
Add some vegetables:
Prepare some of these in advance and keep in your fridge. For example, roasted vegetables, grated carrots and/or beets and caramelized onions can be prepared and stored in glass containers in the refrigerator for the week.
Add something crunchy:
Add a sauce:
Make a few of these ahead of time so you have a variety. A sauce can really bring a lot of flavour and change your whole bowl, so it’s an important key to variety!
Dr Renée Purdy is a naturopathic doctor in Moncton, New Brunswick. In her practice, she values making health achievable and long lasting. She likes to explore the mind, body, spirit connection in health, and her approach includes using food as medicine, herbal medicine, acupuncture and lifestyle counselling. Her focus is on digestive health, hormone balance, thyroid health and adrenal fatigue.
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