Although it's not necessarily a new concept, the nourish bowl is now gaining traction on the internet making it an actual "thing" - I had a quick squizz on Instagrm and the hashtag #nourishbowl has over 1700 posts! In fact - take a look at this proudly South African account, SexyFoodSA filled with eye-wateringly healthy, beautiful food.
Simply put, a nourish bowl (or buddah bowl - as it's known to yogis) is a meal-sized bowl i.e able to be eaten in one sitting, that's filled with nutrient-dense ingredients. A salad in other words...but not quite. Nourish bowls are meant to be enjoyed with gratitude and mindfulness and although when you look at them, they appear to simply be a mash-up of ingredients, there is a basic "structure" to them.
Here it is:
Base - this usually consists of a wholegrain like brown rice or lentils.
Leafy vegetables - a common "neutral" ingredient that goes with anything. Think lettuce, kale and spinach.
Protein- this could be anything from hard-boiled eggs to slices of steamed chicken or tinned tuna.
Colour - vegetables like butternut, red peppers, beetroot or sweetcorn.
Healthy fats - something like olives or sliced/mashed avocado.
Dressing - A simple vinaigrette or perhaps a creamy tahini dressing or fresh tzatziki.
Texture - raw nuts and seeds to finish it off!
As with anything, the above can be shaken up a little by to create a "sweet" version. Fruit-yoghurt nourish bowl anyone?
Check out this beautiful recipe for a chicken, quinoa and courgette version that you can make in smaller quantities to serve one.
Have a look at some of these pretty nourish bowls that we spotted on Instagram...
#Repost @iquitsugar with @repostapp. This looks so good! Will have to give it a try! #nourishbowl @_amyglen takes over #IQS Instagram. Rainbow Bowl, Abundance Bowl, Buddha Bowl… Whatever you want to call it, bowls of everything are awesome. I’m not always super organised, but I try and roast some vegetables and cook some grains on the weekend to have on hand during the week. This means when I get home from uni ravenous at 2pm, I can throw something like this together relatively speedily. Today I enjoyed a wild rice blend with cumin black beans, roasted sweet potato, steamed broccoli, pumpkin hummus, lime, and lots of tahini and seeds. And if there’s leftover avocado in the fridge, it’s not getting away from me #AmyGlenForIQS #IQSFanTakeover
That inspired you, didn't it? Now, off you go and get nourish-bowling!
- Tessa Purdon