How to Build a Complete Winter Buddha Bowl

During the cold season, we’re naturally drawn to calorie-dense, cooked foods and colorful ingredients that signal high nutrient density, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory action. Here’s a guide to building a complete winter buddha bowl with seasonal ingredients that your body will love!

So, when I’m creating a buddha bowl in the colder months, I always make sure to include pink and orange produce, starchy veggies, whole grains, plant protein, healthy fats, and fermented vegetables.

Pink and orange foods like citrus fruits and root veggies announce the presence of immune-boosting vitamins. These foods help keep our immune systems in shape during the season when we’re the most susceptible to illness. In addition to colorful stored produce, we also need healthy, calorie-dense grains, starchy veggies, fats, and proteins to help us stay strong and warm. Finally, fermented foods promote a welcome diversity of good bacteria to keep our microbiome happy during the wintertime.

Choose one or two things from each category, and you’ll have yourself a complete winter buddha bowl that will taste amazing and nourish your body at the same time.

How to Build a Complete Winter Buddha Bowl

Visit this page for basic cooking tips like how to cook grains and plant-protein, and this page for general tips on building a buddha bowl at any time of year.

Pink & Orange Produce

  • grapefruit
  • pumpkin
  • butternut squash
  • pomegranate
  • persimmons
  • oranges
  • apples
  • beets
  • carrots

Fermented Foods

  • sauerkraut
  • yogurt
  • kimchi
  • tempeh
  • pickled beets or other vegetables
  • pickled ginger

Grains & Starchy Vegetables

  • rice
  • quinoa
  • millet
  • potatoes
  • sweet potatoes
  • winter squash
  • polenta
  • frozen corn

Plant Protein

  • beans
  • legumes
  • lentils
  • nuts
  • seeds
  • nut butters
  • tahini
  • tempeh
  • tofu

Healthy Fats

  • avocado
  • nuts & seeds
  • nut butter
  • tahini
  • olive oil
  • coconut oil
  • avocado oil

Dark Leafy Greens

  • kale
  • collard greens
  • spinach
  • cabbage
  • arugula
  • watercress

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If you make a winter buddha bowl using these tips, let me know! Leave a comment below, rate it, or tag me in your meal pics on Instagram @katiesconsciouskitchen. Or, join my free private facebook group to share your creations and inspire others!

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