So there’s this theory that all foods look and taste better when they come served in a bowl.
I don’t think so.
A while back, I was reading an article on how the human eye positively favours and gravitates towards circular or oblong shaped items. Why? Because everything that comes from the earth, naturally has rounded and curved edges.
We’re all subconsciously trained to favour rounded items, because we believe that Mother Nature or Planet Earth has provided it to us.
Sound a little less crazy now?
Think about it. Nothing that comes from the earth is straight cut. Vegetables, fruits, water drops, clouds, leaves… all rounded.
So when the bowl is served, I know my eyes light up. How about yours?
Low-sugar plant-based bowl recipes high in nutrients + health benefits.
Plant-Based Bowl #1 – cucumbers + tofu + cabbage + avocado + sweet potato + chickpeas.
Chopped english cucumbers are a simple fix, and often overlooked. If served fresh, they can add an awesome texture + help flush out toxins.
Grilled organic tofu + pickled cabbage honestly just give me all the feels. The combo adds protein and probiotics, both important to maintain a healthy microbiome. Check a recent post of mine for more on the health benefits of probiotics.
Avocado + roasted sweet potatoes + chickpeas combined, are high in protein, fiber and healthy fats. Getting them all in together, lets the protein and fiber bind to the fats, letting your body process them properly.
Plant-Based Bowl #2 – butternut squash + sweet potato + avocado + chickpeas + purple cauliflower
While squash isn’t quite seasonal for us in Canada right now, it’s certainly a favourite of mine for a Vit C + E boost. It’s also a legit source of potassium, for all my banana-intolerant friends out there.
Sweet potato = healthy carbs and avocado = healthy fats. Don’t get turned off by the words fat and carbs, please. If you get them from the right sources, your body will thank you. Trust.
Chickpeas are life, because they give us hummus. And what would life be without hummus. #amiright? Okay okay, the true health benefits of chickpeas are aided digestion and regulated blood sugar levels. So load up on these little guys anytime you make a plant-based bowl.
Purple cauliflower, is a cruciferous veggie. And just like regular broccoli, they help keep us regular 🙂 Oh and they’re high in Vitamins C + K + B6.
Plant-Based Bowl #3 – quinoa + romanesco + orange peppers + purple cabbage + tofu
When it comes to quinoa, this little grain can be argued both ways. Good for you, and not good for you. I’ve read so many articles on how quinoa is bad because it’s a grain, and in prehistoric times, humans didn’t live on a grain-rich diet. Therefore, our bodies and biomes are not “properly trained” to process grains, like quinoa.
However, if you feel like you can 1, stomach it, and 2, digest it without any uncomfortable signs of intolerance, then by all means, take advantage of the health benefits of quinoa.
Just like broccoli, romanesco is a related cousin and also cruciferous veggie that aids in digestion.
I happen to eat a lot of purple cabbage it seems! Either way, I like the crunch and the added manganese and Vitamin B1.
What foods do you love to add to your bowls?!
My go-to’s are often chickpeas, avocado and purple cabbage. I love these nutrient-dense gems, but I need some inspo for future bowls!
Share your faves with me and I’ll incorporate them into some of my bowls and tag you on social media!
Nick Joly | Inspired by Nick