March madness is not just for basketball, it’s called madness for a reason! I looked over at the alarm clock sitting on my dresser and think, aghhh I am running late. I turn back to my closest and stand there still in my work out cloths. I flip threw some shirts again wondering what I am going to wear today. The weather woman said cool 40’s in the morning and warmer 60’s in the afternoon. So do I wear long sleeves and a light jacket, short sleeve with a sweater, how about a light spring scarf, will that be to warm? Ok so I decide on a 3 quarter sleeve and a light scarf with my light jean jacket for the morning. Now how about shoes as I look over at the clock again. Perhaps maybe a low boot, is it too late in the season or how about a slip on shoe? Ok so now I finally decide what to wear, I race to the shower and get ready, race out the door and race to work now that I am already late.
Then, it’s lunch time and I hurry out the door throwing my jacket on but, realize once outside and already in my car, It is too warm for a jacket, so it comes off and is thrown it in the back seat along with other articles of clothing, the winter scarf, one glove and a sweatshirt. I turn off the heat and I roll my window down only half way sense it’s still not warm enough for a full all out summer window open hair blowing around drive but, just enough to get a breeze of some fresh spring air and listen to the outside noises. I stop at my favorite coffee shop and stand there and think ok, to warm for a hot coffee or not warm enough for ice coffee. Then, I decide on a hot coffee and a scone to go.
At the end of the day I get ready to head home but the temperature outside cooled back down and then realize I left my jacket in the car from lunch time. Aghhhh so I head out and get in my car to put my jacket back on and only open my window a small crack on the way home. As I am sitting in traffic I hear on the radio a reminder to turn the clocks ahead this weekend which means losing an hour but, gaining more daylight, which also means no more treadmill running after work, I can get outside for a run and not worry about being in the dark. Should I wear long running pants or shorts, short sleeves or a long sleeve pull over? I can even dust off my bike and take it out for a ride. It’s the beginning or race season for endurance athletes and cutting season for bodybuilders.
Spring begins to show its colors and is official on the 20th. It’s the month where all the stores are transitioning to tank tops, flip flops, bathing suits and shorts and all the winter sweaters and coats are on clearance in the back of the store. Tulips are just starting to appear and trees are showing a hint green. Yet, even Mother Nature can’t make up her mind. I was out the other day and it was raining but, there was also some freezing ice mixed in. Yes this is truly March madness!
So, sense I can’t decide whether or not to wear a sweater or drink ice coffee; I thought with all these decisions, for dinner I would make it easy and simply make a Buddha bowl (at least that is what I thought). What is a Buddha bowl? First, this bowl can be made a hundred different ways (more decisions) however, it is always made with simple fresh whole foods that are packed with a ton of vitamins and minerals and is all the healthy proteins, carbs and fats you need at one meal. They are simple to make with an array of vibrant colors, flavors and textures. They can be made with warm and cold foods together. They are to be enjoyed with much happiness, gratitude, being mindful and peace for the most healthful of foods that is good for your body. They even have been often called hippi bowls. Here is the break down on these super food bowls and they can be combined any which any to include one each of these delicious choices from the suggestions below (and there goes that decision making madness again):
I sat here and pondered and made a list of what I wanted in my bowl. Do I want hummus or chick peas, rice or quinoa, nuts or avocado? How about some purple cabbage and mixed greens with some red peppers and cucumbers. After finally deciding, this is how my Buddha “peaceful” salad bowl was put together. In this entire decision making, I forgot my avocado but, I got all the healthy fats from the peanut tahini dressing I made. It was big enough to have as my full meal with loaded nutrition for my body.
Plant Powered Buddha Bowl
There are not really any exact measurements for this salad, you can add an much or as little for each ingredient.
Bunch of mixed greens blend and chopped romaine - packed with a mix of nutrients including protein)
Sautéed tofu – sautéed ahead of time in a little bit of veggie broth and seasoning – proteins and fats
Sliced red pepper, carrots, cucumbers and zucchini – carbs and proteins
Few red cherry tomatoes
Handful purple cabbage
¼ cup red quinoa – proteins and carbs
¼ cup hummus – protein, fats and carbs
Little stevia or agave to add a sweetener
4 -5 oz baked sweet potato (baked them ahead of time in only a little seasoning) – carbs
Place all ingredients in a big bowl!
Recipe for dressing
Yields: 1 ½ cups
Time: 10 minutes
Play around with the measurements, this is an estimate, you can add or elimate what you want to the taste you like but, this is a delicious dressing that was perfect for my salad.
¼ cup crunch or creams organic peanut butter
¼ cup tahini dressing
2 tbsp nutritional yeast
2-3 cloves of fresh garlic
1 tbsp. fresh chopped ginger
1 whole lemon squeezed
1 tbsp. sesame oil
2 tbsp. apple cider vinager
1 tsp salt and dash pepper
Added water to thin out
Place all ingredients in a blender or small chopper such as a nutrabullet (I use mine all the time for dressings) and add water as needed to thin out. You may have to stop it and scrap the sided a couple of times and keep adding a tbsp. water until desired consistency.
Keep in a mason jar for up to a week in refrigerator