By Christy Piña

Everyone seems to be raving about Buddha bowls, but what are they really? Also known as glory or hippie bowls, the Buddha bowl is filled with an array of veggies, greens beans and either quinoa or brown rice. The bowls can also include toppings like nuts, seeds and even some light dressing, making them a healthy and filling meal.

The ingredients vary depending on the bowl you get, but regardless of what you put in it, the idea to really fill the bowl up remains the same. In fact, the bowl is supposed to be so stuffed that it resembles the belly of a Buddha, hence the name.

Buddha bowls can be vegan, vegetarian or filled with meat for us carnivores. The bowls can be as green, orange or colorful as you want, depending on your taste. The customization is unreal. If you are looking for some guidance on how to make your bowl, InStyle defined it as, “15 percent lean protein, 25 percent whole grains, 35 percent vegetables, 10 percent sauce and 30 percent extras.”

If you are interested in making your own Buddha bowl, here are some recipes to get you started!

  1. For those of us who cannot go a week without #TacoTuesday (and are paying the caloric price for it), this Sweet Potato Taco Bowl My Kitchen Love from can satisfy that craving without all the extra calories. I am personally big on meat, so to make this bowl even better, I’d add chicken.
  2. If Mediterranean food is more your style, that this falafel-filled bowl from Pinch of Yum is for you.
  3. This roasted chicken Buddha bowl from Lexi’s Clean kitchen features a spicy mango sauce can perfectly satisfy that craving for sweet and salty foods.

Now, excuse us while we go attempt to make our own mouthwatering Buddha bowl!