Buddha Bowls for Crohn's Disease
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Happy Belly, Happy Mind: Buddha Bowls for Crohn’s Disease

Buddha Bowls can be a great meal option for people living with Crohn’s Disease. The classic “hippie” bowl is packed with greens, raw or roasted veggies, beans, and healthy grain. I know what you’re thinking, “Raw veggies and beans?! No, thank you!” Yes, raw veggies and beans can be rough on the gut and cause unpleasant symptoms, but the Buddha Bowl is versatile. I use cooked vegetables and garbanzo beans, both of which are much kinder to the stomach and packed with nutrients and protein. Remember, everyone is different. The beauty of the Buddha Bowl is you can choose ingredients that serve you.

Buddha Bowls for Crohn’s Disease

When I am in remission, I take every opportunity to eat healthily. With that said, a Crohn’s Disease diet is different for everyone. If you’re like me, you may have trouble eating a balanced diet. Nuts, raw vegetables, red meat, and dairy all affect my colon. I am always trying to find creative ways to get all the food groups in my meals.

Buddha bowls have been a stress-free meal for me. I use cooked vegetables that I know don’t hurt my stomach. I also only use garbanzo beans (chickpeas) for the bean portion of the bowl. If you’re experimenting with different diets, the Buddha Bowl can be made both gluten-free and vegan. Here’s why I like them:

  1. Quick and easy to make. With prep and cook time, it takes me about 45 minutes to make five bowls. I meal prep them every Sunday.
  2. Affordable ingredients. My grocery bill is never more than $35 for five bowls. I shop at Trader Joe’s or the local farmer’s market.
  3. Keeps you full and helps prevent snacking.  Overeating and overindulging can exacerbate my Crohn’s symptoms. One Buddha bowl keeps me full for hours and suppresses my sugar craving.
  4. Gives you more energy. The bowls are packed with protein and whole foods, so I always feel more energized and awake. It’s a great option if you’re trying to get back into a workout routine!

My Favorite Buddha Bowl Recipes:

These are some of my favorite recipes that don’t upset my stomach. Again, substitute and alter anything that doesn’t serve you. Once you start making the bowls regularly, you may begin to create your own recipes.

Protein-packed Buddha Bowl from Tasty **(I buy pre-marinated tofu from Trader Joe’s. Saves time!)

Chickpea Buddha Bowl from Tasty

Vegan Buddha Bowl from Eating Well 

Chicken Buddha Bowl from All Recipes

Sweet Potato Taco Bowl from My Kitchen Love

You may also be interested in “5 Self-Care New Year’s Resolutions to Spoil Yourself in 2018”.

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