Bowls are very popular. The name comes from the English term for bowl. The principle is always the same: Various healthy ingredients are served in a bowl along with a sauce. The perfect blend 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 poke bowl, contains raw fish cut into small pieces or cubes. Poke (pronounced “Poh-key”) is the Hawaiian word for hacked 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 variety that is especially suitable for a healthy breakfast is acai bowls. Different types of fruits, grains and acai berries are mixed. The latter are fruits that come from Central and South America and are very healthy.
Perfect bowl blend: carbohydrates, proteins 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 are 30 percent protein – such as chicken, fish or tofu – and 30 percent vitamins, minerals and fiber, ie vegetables and fruits. The rest is sauce, nuts and seeds. And at best, 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.
Prepared bowls: carefully study the list of ingredients
Bowls are available freshly assembled in restaurants and specialty bars or packaged in the supermarket. Consumers should take a closer look at the pre-packaged bowls, as the prepared bowls may contain unhealthy ingredients:
- Preservatives such as sulfur dioxide potassium metabisulfite, which 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 fast food on the go, like pizza or sandwiches. But experts warn that vegetables, fruits, fish or meat are industrially prefabricated for the supermarket bowls. The ingredients are usually delivered cut ready for sale. Some cellular 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, chop and cook the ingredients yourself. Warning: The bowl full of happiness can quickly become a calorie bomb, so don’t portion the base and sauces too generously. If well put together, a bowl will nevertheless provide everything you need for a healthy, balanced diet.