Buns: Healthy Bowl Meals | NDR.de – Guidance

From: 27.06.2022 16:28

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

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

Poke Bowl: Traditional 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, poke bowl is a traditional Hawaiian dish.

Buddha Bowl and Acai Bowl: Ideal for Vegetarians

A bowl of quinoa, dried fruit and apple slices.  © NDR Photo: Claudia Timmann

Bowls of cereal and fruit are ideal for breakfast.

Buddha buns are always vegetarian or vegan. Here, too, raw and cooked ingredients, such as carrots, avocados and green salad, are combined with chickpeas and sweet potatoes as well as quinoa or rice. A sweet variety that is especially suitable for a healthy breakfast are acai buns. 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 bun mix: 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 is 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 is not only delicious, but also very healthy.

Nutritionists advise anyone who is sedentary and does not exercise much to increase the proportion of vegetables and reduce the proportion of carbohydrates.

Finished bowls: study the ingredient list carefully

Bowls are available freshly assembled in restaurants and special bars or packaged in the supermarket. Consumers should take a closer look at the pre-packaged bowls, as the finished 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

Buns are always healthier than regular fast food on the go, like pizza or sandwiches. But experts warn that vegetables, fruits, fish or meat are industrially prefabricated for supermarket bowls. The ingredients are usually delivered cut ready for sale. Some cell sap is released through the cut surfaces, which is a breeding ground for bacteria and fungi. The cold chain must therefore be maintained at all costs.

Make healthy buns yourself

If you want it 100% fresh, you should chop and cook the ingredients yourself. NOTE: The bowl full of happiness can quickly become a calorie bomb, so do not portion the bottom and sauces too generously. When put together properly, a bowl provides everything you need for a healthy, balanced diet.

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