Hi all, It is the most glorious winter morning here in Brisbane. I’m actually soon to go throw a towel down on my back lawn and lay in the sun for a bit… but first, I have to tell you about the most delicious nutritious meal I’ve just had.
I wasn’t even thinking to eat when out getting some things done this morning, but when I was heading home and I knew there wasn’t a huge amount at home (you know, that 2 days before grocery day feeling.), I thought to stop by this fantastic local coffee shop not far from my house. If you are on the northside of Brisbane and haven’t tried it, do yourself a favour, and don’t walk, RUN to Wheelhouse Coffee in Lawnton. (Support local business peeps !!) The staff are always super friendly and the place has a really vibrant feel to it. Lots of solid timber pieces, greenery & colour. (Hopefully the lovely ladies in this photo won’t sue me for putting them in my blog.)
It’s been open a few years now but has really grown into the most amazing, inviting place to stop and eat. I’ve always loved that they’ve had some healthy options on their menu.. but today when I went in, sooooo much on the menu was packed full of wholefood nutrition, it was honestly hard to choose.
I decided on a Guddah bowl….. Let’s be real, I’d never heard of it before, but I was assuming it meant a Buddah bowl from a Christian standpoint ?? 😃 When I googled ‘buddah bowl’ to clarify, it said ‘sometimes referred to as glory or hippie bowls, are hearty, filling dishes made of various greens, raw or roasted veggies, beans and a healthy grain like quinoa or brown rice. Sometimes they also include toppings like nuts, seeds and dressings for added texture and flavor.’ Yep !! Sounds about right to me !!
Similar dishes can be called ‘Nourishing bowls’ .The root of the Nourish Bowl is choosing nutrient dense veggies, fruits/carbohydrates, healthy fats, and quality proteins to make a filling meal in a bowl.
or a ‘macro bowl’.. .Similar to a rice bowl and a simplified form of balanced eating, they’re typically comprise of a grain base, raw or cooked veggies, a protein of your choice and a healthy fat like avocado, hummus or a tasty homemade dressing. They’re called macro bowls because they hit all your macronutrients: carbs, protein and fat.
Let’s look at the amazing life giving, nutrient rich ingredients within my Guddah bowl.
Grated carrot – Carrots contain vitamin A, antioxidants, and other nutrients. Evidence suggests that eating more antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables, such as carrots, can help reduce the risks of cancer and cardiovascular disease. Carrots are also rich in vitamins, minerals, and fibre.
Black rice – Haven’t heard of black rice? It’s not surprising really, it’s pretty rare compared to its brown and white relatives. Black rice is rich in antioxidants, a natural detoxifier, a good source of fibre, reduces the chance of diabetes, aids in weight management, a richer protein source than white, or even brown rice. It also aids in better heart health. A pretty good choice to include in your diet I’d say.
Avocado – Here are some of the most abundant nutrients, in a single 100g serving
- Vitamin K: 26% of the daily value (DV)
- Folate: 20% of the DV
- Vitamin C: 17% of the DV
- Potassium: 14% of the DV
- Vitamin B5: 14% of the DV
- Vitamin B6: 13% of the DV
- Vitamin E: 10% of the DV
- It also contains small amounts of magnesium, manganese, copper, iron, zinc, phosphorous and vitamins A, B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin) and B3 (niacin).
This is coming with 160 calories, 2 grams of protein and 15 grams of healthy fats. Although it contains 9 grams of carbs, 7 of those are fibre, so there are only 2 “net” carbs, making this a low-carb friendly plant food. Avocados do not contain any cholesterol or sodium and are low in saturated fat.
Cherry tomatoes – Tomatoes are an excellent source of vitamins A and C, and a good source of vitamin K and potassium.
Leafy green mix –These vegetables also contain an abundance of carotenoids-antioxidants that protect cells and play roles in blocking the early stages of cancer. They also contain high levels of fibre, iron, magnesium, potassium and calcium. Furthermore, greens have very little carbohydrates, sodium and cholesterol.
Roasted zucchini – Aids in weight loss, maintains optimal health, prevents infection & disease, protects the cardiovascular system, gives relief from symptoms of arthritis, as well as tasting AMAZING.. and so much more !!
Mushrooms – are rich in the B vitamins: riboflavin, niacin, and pantothenic acid. The combination helps protect heart health. Riboflavin is good for red blood cells. Niacin is good for the digestive system and for maintaining healthy skin.
Capsicum – The presence of vitamin B6 and folate helps lower the level of homocystein, which is a major contributor to cardiovascular illnesses. The compounds found in capsicum such as fibre and lycopene helps reduce the level of fat in your body. Potassium in capsicum is also responsible for maintaining adequate blood pressure.
& homemade relish (OMG, the relish…. don’t get me started on how good that was.).
I also added pan fried diced chicken to the meal as an additional protein source. I do like my lunch meal to be on the larger side, and my dinner to be quite a bit lighter. My tummy thanks me for doing it this way.
My first bite was into a cut cherry tomato.. and oh my word…. flavour sensation, and I’m not even exaggerating.
I didn’t get a drink today as I’d not long had my brekky smoothie, but I’ve also had fantastic dairy free cold & hot drinks at Wheelhouse before.
If you aren’t in this neck of the woods, or don’t have a great cafe nearby that uses top quality wholefoods etc, get busy making yourself one of these bowls, as they really are so beyond easy to throw together, and the nutrients you’re packing into your body are fantastic !! You’ll be really pleased with the results you’ll see when you’re body is nourished with wholefoods, instead of processed items. I’m not even talking about the number on the scales here… Like really does attract like, so if you begin to fuel your body with wholefoods, you’ll begin to crave those yummy wholefoods.
You’ll notice improvement in your energy levels, your skin, hair & nails, your mental health, and so much more !! I used to deal with so much ‘glugginess’ or ‘fullness’ after most meals. I’d feel so uncomfortable and bloated after a meal that I’d find myself regretting eating it more often that not. Now, this is a problem, as I LOVE food… like LOVE LOVE LOVE it !! I love to buy it, prep it, cook it, display it… the whole kit & kaboodle.. so to feel a bit yucko after all that effort and time invested, is a bit of a drag.
After eating a wholefoods meal, full of life giving nutrients, vitamins and minerals, you come away feeling energetic, happy.. and most importantly.. SATIATED !!!
Let’s respect the temple together !!