Why Buddha Bowls Are Inspiring

Buddha Bowls are the talk of the town and on menus everywhere – but what’s really so exciting about these bowls? Is there a trend developing towards “eating out of a bowl”? Stay curious, because in this article it’s all about artistic bowl creations that inspire and provide nutrient richness.

We derive the term from the fact that these richly filled bowls make us feel satisfied and full, reminding us of the Buddha’s round belly. The beauty and enjoyment of creatively arranging plant-based, colorful and mostly fresh ingredients inspire conscious eating, gratitude and abundance.

We really love Buddha Bowls and invite you to discover your favorite bowl creation.

How to make your bowl of happiness

You should note that:

  • A bowl should look artistic, provide you with lots of nutrients and contain a good balance of proteins, carbohydrates and fats.
  • EVERYTHING HEALTHY and tasty is allowed in the bowl. This includes primarily leafy greens, vegetables, but also pseudo grains like quinoa and delicious sauces and dips.
  • Hot food may be combined with cold food – predominantly raw food ingredients can be combined with cooked quinoa or a baked sweet potato, for example. This allows for a lot of new creations and makes you want to experiment!


STEP 1 – The bowl

First choose a suitable bowl with a diameter of approx. 17-22 cm (7-9 inches).

STEP 2 – The leafy greens

Leafy greens form the basis and main ingredient. Tip: Wild herbs can also be mixed in, cut into small pieces like kitchen herbs.

STEP 3 – The Vegetable Mandala

One or more types of vegetables, preferably seasonal, such as cucumber, bell pepper, tomato, carrot, beet, broccoli, celery, radish or any type of cabbage are artistically  arranged.

STEP 4 – Valuable proteins and carbohydrates

Quinoa, millet, buckwheat, chickpeas, lentils, beans, sweet potatoes, cauliflower, mushrooms . . . sprouted or cooked. For example, in the form of chickpea hummus, patties, Indian cauliflower, buckwheat crunch and many, many sprouts.

STEP 5 – Healthy fats

Avocado, nuts, seeds or pesto.

STEP 6 – Nutrient-rich toppings

Garden herbs, sprouts, seeds, dried tomatoes, olives, pomegranate seeds.

STEP 7 – Dressing and dips

Dressing and dips round off the taste experience.

Bowl Inspirations


Kelp Noodle Bowl

zucchini kelp noodles


Microgreen Bowl

Bowl with micorgreens and sprouts


Sprout Bowl


Patty Bowl with Sprouts, Sauerkraut, Beet and Hem Seed Dip


Why Buddha Bowls are so inspiring

    • You can combine many things you like to eat.
    • They are flexible and inspire you to be creative.
    • They look tasteful.
    • They are very family friendly and can be modified to suit your individual needs.
    • They can be prepared as a to-go dish if you layer the ingredients in a container.

All in all, these bowls are a nutritious and balanced meal that fill you up and make you happy.

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Ulrike Eder (Author)

Ulrike is a naturopath, Holistic Nutrition Coach, Hippocrates Lifestyle Medicine Coach and phytotherapist. Together with her husband, Jürgen, she leads the Holistic Nutrition Coach training program of Your Nutrition Academy.



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