Bowls: Healthy Bowl Meals

A bowl is all about the perfect mix of cold and warm ingredients. They are cut and arranged in a bowl. Poke and Buddha bowls are very popular.

Bowls are very popular. The name comes from the English term for the bowl. The principle is always the same: Various healthy ingredients are served in a bowl together with a sauce. The perfect mixture of cold and warm elements should make you happy and keep you full for a long time.

Poke Bowl: Traditionally with fish

A classic poke bowl, or poké bowl, contains raw fish cut into small pieces or cubes. Poke (pronounced “Poh-key”) is the Hawaiian word for chopped or sliced. The fish is combined with rice and various vegetables. To this day, the poke bowl is a traditional Hawaiian dish.

Buddha Bowl and Acai Bowl: Ideal for vegetarians

Buddha bowls are always vegetarian or vegan. Here, too, raw and cooked ingredients are combined, such as carrots, avocado, and green salad with chickpeas and sweet potatoes as well as quinoa or rice. A sweet variation that is particularly suitable for a healthy breakfast is acai bowls. Different types of fruit, grains, and acai berries are mixed. The latter are fruits that come from Central and South America and are very healthy.

Perfect bowl mix: carbohydrates, protein, and vitamins

The basis for a successful bowl is 30 percent carbohydrates – mostly in the form of sushi rice, glass noodles, or quinoa. In addition, there is 30 percent protein – for example chicken, fish or tofu – and 30 percent vitamins, minerals, and fiber, i.e. vegetables and fruit. The rest is the sauce, nuts, and seeds. And in the best case, everything together is not only delicious but also very healthy.

Nutrition experts advise anyone who is sedentary and does little exercise to increase the proportion of vegetables and reduce the proportion of carbohydrates.

Ready-made bowls: study the list of ingredients carefully

Bowls are available freshly assembled in restaurants and special bars or packaged in the supermarket. Consumers should take a close look at the pre-packaged bowls because the ready-made bowls can contain unhealthy ingredients:

Preservatives such as sulfur dioxide and potassium metabisulfite, can cause nausea and headaches in people with allergies or sensitive people

  • too few vegetables
  • too much sugar

Pre-cut vegetables: breeding ground for bacteria and fungi

Bowls are always healthier than the usual quick food for on the go, such as pizza or sandwiches. But experts warn that vegetables, fruit, fish, or meat are industrially prefabricated for the supermarket bowls. The ingredients are usually delivered cut ready for sale. Some cell juice escapes through the cut surfaces, which is a breeding ground for bacteria and fungi. The cold chain must therefore be maintained at all costs.

Prepare healthy bowls yourself

If you want it to be 100% fresh, you should chop and cook the ingredients yourself. Attention: The bowl full of happiness can quickly become a calorie bomb, so don’t portion the base and sauces too generously. When put together correctly, however, a bowl provides everything you need for a healthy, balanced diet.

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Written by John Myers

Professional Chef with 25 years of industry experience at the highest levels. Restaurant owner. Beverage Director with experience creating world-class nationally recognized cocktail programs. Food writer with a distinctive Chef-driven voice and point of view.

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