10 Incredible Buddha Bowls to Update Your Diet

Buddha bowls are typically viewed as a complicated meal that only professional nutritionists are able to make. But in reality, even the laziest girl in the world can make it herself. Buddha bowls are known for their versatility, healthy nutrients, and variety. One bowl can keep your energy going all day long and boost your overall wellness. While Buddha bowls are easy to make, perhaps you find yourself confusing about what to put into your bowl.

1. Sweet Potato Chickpea Buddha Bowl


Sweet Potato Chickpea Buddha Bowl
Subtly spiced, comforting and amazingly delicious, this Buddha bowl will rock your entire world in a jiffy. Get the recipe here.

2. Noodle Buddha Bowl


Noodle Buddha Bowl
Fuel your brain and make your stomach happy with a protein- and antioxidant-packed bowl. Find the recipe here.

3. Turmeric Sweet Potato Bowl


Turmeric Sweet Potato Bowl
The main spice in curry, turmeric can turn any meal into a masterpiece. Spice up your sweet potato bowl with this spice for added healing properties. Get the recipe here.

4. Spinach Quinoa Patty Bowl


Spinach Quinoa Patty Bowl
When superfoods combined together, they create a fantastically healthy Buddha super bowl that will provide your body with so much needed phytonutrients, vitamins, minerals, and other compounds that are crucial for your health. Get the recipe here.

5. Brussels Sprouts Eggplant Buddha Bowl


Brussels Sprouts Eggplant Buddha Bowl
One of my favorite Buddha bowls, this one is a true goodness for health food junkies. Plus, it is so fast to make. Get the recipe here.

6. Vegan Thai Tempeh Buddha Bowl


Vegan Thai Tempeh Buddha Bowl
Rich in protein, a Thai tempeh Buddha bowl is an excellent way to get this vital nutrient when you go vegan. Find the recipe here.

7. BBQ Tempeh With Vegan Ranch Bowl


BBQ Tempeh With Vegan Ranch Bowl
After all, the barbecue season is approaching so fast. Get the recipe here.

8. Winter Buddha Bowl


Winter Buddha Bowl
But since it is the cold season outside, enjoy your comforting and satisfying winter Buddha bowl right now. Get the recipe here.

9. Roasted Rainbow Winter Bowl


Roasted Rainbow Winter Bowl
Mix up your favorite healthy foods in one rainbow-inspired meal. Find the recipe here.

10. Moroccan Couscous, Chickpeas, and Olives Bowl


Moroccan Couscous, Chickpeas, and Olives Bowl
Nutrient-packed Buddha bowl is a great way to update your diet and help you drop a few pounds along the way. Get the recipe here.

All these Buddha bowls are perfect for your waistline when you enjoy them in moderation. The next time hunger strikes out of the sky, allow yourself to cook one of these bowls.

9 Beneficial Uses of Blue Glass in the Home

Creating a peaceful environment in your home isn’t just good for people who come to visit – it’s good for you, too! One way to enhance the feeling-tone of your space is to add objects of blue glass.

The color blue is well-known for its calming and soothing effects. It also offers psychological benefits. Because of its association with the sky and ocean that surround us, we feel relaxed in our minds and hearts, which can inspire our creativity. Another factor is that blue encourages the feeling of trust in those who look at it.

Beneficial Uses of Blue Glass in the Home
Glass is a medium of light. If you have ever been in a glass factory and watched how they fire glass into a myriad of shapes and colors, you know how amazing the process is. Glassblowers are artists, and even when you see them create their brilliant pieces, it seems like magic. Glass reflects the light. That is its appeal. It can dazzle us with the intrinsic beauty of whatever design it has, because of the light it holds.

Blue glass combines the power of color and reflected light. Its presence can add a casual or elegant touch to your décor and help you create a lovely and calming ambience. Here are nine ways you can use blue glass to enhance your interior décor.

1. Blue abstract glass art


Blue abstract glass art
Blue abstract glass art can spotlight an area and draw the eyes to it like a magnet. Place such art on a stand or on a table with nothing else around it. The color and object take over the territory and add an element of serenity to that space.

2. Moroccan blue glass candle holders


Moroccan blue glass candle holders
Moroccan blue glass candle holders and blue glass jars with candles floating are marvelous for bath or bedroom, but they can also have great effect outdoors on a trellis shelf or garden cart on a patio or deck.

3. Crystal bottles


Crystal bottles in dark blue
Crystal bottles in dark blue and in varying shapes are a superb alternative for perfume or to store essential oils used in aromatherapy. This color protects the ingredients, and the crystal brings a feeling of elegance. Every time you use one of these bottles you will sense a quiet happiness.

4. Use blue crackle glass bottles for windows


Using blue crackle glass bottles for windows
Using blue crackle glass bottles for windows is an older style of décor that is coming back into vogue. At one time you could often enter a home and find crackle glass on windowsills above and below – on sunny days the room they were in would sparkle. Cobalt blue bottles work just as well, however, for they, too, filter the light, and can add beauty even on overcast days.

5. Blue fishing floats in netting


Blue fishing floats in netting
Blue fishing floats in netting can be hung on a wall or placed in a small basket in the kitchen on top of a counter or hung from the ceiling.

6. Vintage glass bowls


Vintage glass bowls
Vintage glass bowls are unique pieces that can be filled with colored stones or antique glass marbles. Some such bowls were made of Carnival glass, which was originally created as a much less expensive alternative to Tiffany glass. It was the rage in America in the early and mid-twentieth century. Pieces can still be found online and at antique shows. Its surface shifts according to the density of the light that strikes it. At times it can look like a scintillating jewel.

7. Blue glass paperweights


Blue glass paperweights
Blue glass paperweights pick up lamplight as well as daylight. They can be scattered around, even just two or three, but each place they are set will catch the eye and add a serene feeling to the room.

8. Blue glass mosaics


Blue glass mosaics
Blue glass mosaics can add a stunning touch to a wall area or on the edge of a mantle. You can cover an end table with them or place them around a mirror. Ready-made mosaics made of pieces of blue glass can be purchased, but creating them yourself will add a unique aspect. You can choose your own surface and use a simple but durable household adhesive (these generally are not hazardous or complicated to use). Mosaic glass tiles are inexpensive, too.

9. Cobalt blue glass panels


Cobalt blue glass panels
Cobalt blue glass panels work wonderfully in your doors and in windows. Tiffany made this famous, taking the idea of stained glass out of churches and adding highly acclaimed designs and styles to the patterns of glass. The glass would be set in a port window in a hallway or on a stairwell, or as an intricate lampshade. The light would change at different times of day, rays entering a room and creating a feeling of calm and soothing the viewer with its beauty. Pieces of stained glass or plain blue glass are available at most art supply stores (without the Tiffany price tag).

Our home really is our castle – it’s where we go to rest and recharge our mental and emotional batteries. It is also where we go because for us it is a place that is familiar, a haven from stress and all the things we have to do day-to-day. So we need to give ourselves an environment that makes that haven feel special – and even if we can only do it in one part of the house, a place reserved just for us, it will improve our spiritual and emotional state, for sure. If you have other ideas for using blue glass in this way, do let us know in the Comments!

Braised Beef Moroccan Style Recipe

Treat your whole family to this mouthwatering Moroccan-inspired dish that will definitely earn you a two thumbs up. Made only with the most nutritious choice ingredients, here’s my Braised Beef Moroccan Style recipe:

Braised Beef Moroccan Style Recipe Cooking Tips

To pump up the healthy goodness in this braised beef recipe, follow these practical cooking and preparation tips:

Spices
Store your spices in a cool and dark place like your cupboard to prevent sunlight exposure, which facilitates its decline in quality.
Discard spices more than six months old. The sooner you use your spices, the better.
Most dried spices are best added at the beginning of the cooking process since heat and moisture are necessary to release their essential oils.2
Ground and whole spices can be lightly toasted or dry-roasted to release their more natural oils. Toasted spices have a shorter shelf life, so toast only when ready to use in your next recipe.3
Wash your hands thoroughly immediately after handling cayenne pepper and avoid contact with your eyes at all cost to prevent irritation.Tip: to reduce the burning sensation, remove the seeds from the cayenne pepper before cooking.4
Opt for the full organic turmeric spice rather than the curry blend, which has a very little amount of healthy components.
Garlic
Be careful when sautéing garlic as it can turn extremely bitter once burned.
One finely minced or pressed garlic gives off way more flavor and aroma than a dozen cooked whole cloves combined. Tip: the smaller you cut your garlic, the stronger its flavor will be. Chopping finely and/or pressing a clove exposes more surfaces to the air, causing a chemical reaction to produce that strong aroma and potent flavor.5
Tomatoes
Go for organic tomatoes as research shows they contain 55 percent more vitamin C and 139 percent more total phenolic content at the stage of commercial maturity compared to conventionally grown tomatoes.6
Avoid canned tomatoes. Although a popularly convenient choice when making tomato sauces, canned tomatoes typically have a lining that contains bisphenol-A (BPA), which is a potent endocrine-disrupting chemical that has been linked to a number of health problems, including diabetes, heart disease, heightened risk of breast and prostate cancers, neurological effects, reproductive problems, and obesity.
Since lycopene is a fat-soluble nutrient, it’s best to consume raw or cooked tomatoes with some type of fat, such as coconut oil, which is what we used in this recipe.
Do not put your tomatoes inside the refrigerator to prevent changes in their taste and texture. If a tomato gets too cold, not only will its flavor be affected but also its texture, color, ripening potential, and much more. If you’ve put your tomatoes in the fridge by mistake, just let them sit at room temperature for 24 hours before eating. Allowing them to ripen naturally on your countertop will bring out the best in your tomato in terms of taste and flavor.
Beef
Buy only locally grown grass-finished beef from a trusted producer to guarantee that the cow was not given grains, hormones, or any artificial enhancers, which have long been proven to cause numerous harmful side effects to humans.
There’s a lot of confusion about the term “grass-fed,” and in many cases, it’s an abused term like the word “natural.” Some producers of beef will misuse this term because the rules around it are still somewhat undefined. Most all calves are fed grass for a certain amount of time.

This is one factor that allows less scrupulous producers to get away with calling their beef grass-fed. The key to a truly grass-fed product is actually the finishing. Optimal beef is both grass-fed and grass-finished beef.

To make sure you’re getting the highest quality possible, your best bet is to get to know your local farmer or rancher—what his philosophy is and how he raises his herd. If at all possible, visit the farm to see the operation for yourself.

If you cannot find a wholesome, organic rancher near your area, visit reputable online sources like The Grassfed Network, Eat Wild, Local Harvest,  Grassfed Exchange, FoodRoutes, Eat Well Guide, and Farmers’ Markets.

Joey Jones of the GrassfedNetwork.com recommends thinking of grass-fed beef as a seasonal product, just like produce. You could buy it fresh, in season, and then freeze it afterwards. According to Joey, a steak or ground beef will stay fresh for up to a year if properly vacuum sealed and frozen.
Bone Broth
I recommend making your own bone broth instead of buying pre-packed supermarket varieties. For a more detailed instruction on how to make your own bone broth, check out this hearty Bone Broth Recipe.
Make sure you get your bones only from organic, grass-finished beef to save yourself and your family from consuming a concentrated cocktail of toxic growth enhancers and feeds that non-organic sources will give you.
Mix meaty bones with thick marrow, also called “soup bones” by local butchers, with some cut up hooves, knuckles, or skull. Not only will they add more flavor, but they’ll also give your broth that rich gelatinous consistency packed with glucosamine and chondroitin, which your joints will surely thank you for.
Cook your broth in bulk and store them for future use either in storage-friendly quart-sized freezer bags or in ice cube trays, which are very useful when you need to add only a dash of flavor to your dishes.7
Fruit Juice
Make your own fruit juice at home instead of buying from the grocery. This way, you’re sure that it’s free from toxic preservatives and unnecessary additives.
Visit a farmers’ market near you to get hold of the freshest organic and locally grown fruits for your juice.
Choose firm and plump berries, pomegranates, and grapes with vibrant colors. Avoid those with stains, wrinkles, cuts, bleached spots, and other signs of damage.
Why Is Braised Beef Moroccan Style Good for You?

This braised beef recipe is truly a one-of-a-kind dish because of its delightful combination of super nutritious ingredients. Here are more reasons to love my Braised Beef Moroccan Style recipe:

It uses organic, grass-fed beef.A joint effort between the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Clemson University researchers determined a total of 10 key areas where grass-fed is better than grain-fed beef for human health. In a side-by-side comparison, they determined that grass-fed beef was:
Lower in total fat
Higher in beta-carotene
Higher in vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol)
Higher in the B-vitamins thiamin and riboflavin
Higher in the minerals calcium, magnesium, and potassium
Higher in total omega-3s
A healthier ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids (1.65 versus 4.4)
Higher in CLA (cis-9 trans-11), a potential cancer fighter
Higher in vaccenic acid, which can be transformed into CLA

Another troubling aspect of grain-fed cattle involves the well-being of the animal and, consequently, the health effect this has on you. Common consequences among grain-fed cattle include acidosis, liver abscesses, bloating, feedlot polio, and dust pneumonia.

It has turmeric.This bright yellow spice, traditionally used as food and medicine, contains potent antioxidants and benefits that studies have shown can fight diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. Research also suggests that turmeric may be helpful in:
Treating inflammatory bowel diseases
Lowering cholesterol levels
Protecting the heart
Relieving indigestion
Improving liver function
Preventing Alzheimer’s disease

Cancer prevention and inhibited cancer cell growth –specifically cancer of the breast, colon, prostate, and lung, and childhood leukemia – are also on the list of possible benefits.

It has cayenne pepper.Cayenne is rich in capsaicin and contains vitamin C, vitamin B6, vitamin E, potassium, manganese, and flavonoids, which give chili its antioxidant properties. It’s been proven to help relieve pain, burn calories and suppress appetite, treat psoriasis, and alleviate cluster headaches. 8
It has garlic.Garlic boasts an impressive list of historical use as a natural medicine with modern research to support it. Some of garlic’s most noted health effects include its ability to:
Effectively fight against drug-resistant bacteria
Reduce risk for heart disease and stroke
Normalize your cholesterol and blood pressure

It’s thought that much of garlic’s therapeutic benefits come from its sulfur-containing compounds, such as allicin, which also give it its characteristic smell. Other health-promoting compounds include oligosaccharides, arginine-rich proteins, selenium, and flavonoids.

It has bone broth.Bone broth contains a variety of valuable nutrients of which many Americans are lacking, in a form your body can easily absorb and use. Some of these include calcium, phosphorus, silicon, collagen, glucosamine, and chondroitin sulfate, and essential amino acids proline, glycine, and glutamine.
Aside from that, bone broth is also worth incorporating into your family’s everyday diet because of its astounding reputation as a food medicine. Experts have found that bone broth:

Helps heal and seal your gut, and promotes healthy digestion
Inhibits infection caused by cold and flu viruses
Reduces joint pain and inflammation
Encourages calming effects
Promotes strong, healthy bones
It uses antioxidant-rich fruit juice instead of alcohol-based wines.Most braised beef recipes use wine to add extra flavor to the dish, but for this, I opted to use freshly made fruit juice that’s loaded with vitamins and antioxidants.
Resveratrol, an antioxidant often referred to as the fountain of youth due to its wide-ranging health benefits, is found in abundance in grape, pomegranate, and cranberry. Muscadine grapes have the highest concentration of resveratrol in nature because of their extra thick skins and numerous seeds where it’s concentrated.

Resveratrol is well-known for its broad-spectrum antimicrobial, anti-infective, cardio-protective, and neuroprotective properties. In addition to its anti-cancer properties, resveratrol has also been shown to help:

Reverse oxidative stress
Reduce inflammation
Normalize your lipids
Protect your heart
Stabilize your insulin levels

I do not, however, suggest drinking large amounts of fruit juice as they contain veryhigh concentrations of fructose, which will cause your insulin to spike and may counter the benefits of the antioxidants. As a general rule, it’s wise to severely restrict your consumption of fruit juice, especially if your uric acid is above the ideal levels. Also, if you suffer from type 2 diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, or cancer, you’d be best off avoiding fruit juices altogether until you’ve normalized your uric acid and insulin levels. Aside from that, I believe most will benefit from restricting their fructose to 25 grams a day; and as little as 15 grams a day if you’re diabetic or have chronic health issues. Read this article to learn how much fructose can be found in different kinds of fruits.

Bronzing Moroccan Oils Lotion Bars

Ever since I made my first basic lotion bars, I’ve been experimenting with fun variations and natural scents. Lotion bars are wonderful because they are used on dry skin and are a concentrated lotion that leaves skin feeling like silk.

Along the way, there have been Pain Relief Lotion Bars and End the Eczema Lotion Bars. I’ve made lotion bars to keep the bugs away and homemade deodorant bars.

At first, I just made these in silicon molds (and I still love making them this way) but once I discovered that I could make them in empty deodorant containers and that this would make application easier, I’ve been making them as gifts.

These Moroccan oils lotion bars combine so many of my favorite ingredients:

Shea Butter to soften and protect skin
Coconut Oil to nourish skin (I get it at a discount here)
Beeswax to form a protective barrier on skin and make the lotion bars last longer
Optional: Argan Oil to hydrate skin (also good for getting rid of stretch marks) It is expensive but amazing for skin. I use one drop per day to moisturize my face
Bronze Mica Powder for color (also optional) This adds a faint shimmer to the skin
I used these empty white deodorant tubes to make these lotion bars in but there are more decorative ones available if you are planning to give them as gifts. If I give them as gifts in these tubes, I usually glue a piece of burlap around them and tie with twine for a natural look.

Bronzing Lotion Bar Ingredients:

½ cup shea butter (measured solid)
1/2 cup coconut oil (get it here)
½ cup beeswax pastilles
1 tablespoon argan oil
10 drops each of: Peppermint, Basil, Orange and Lemon essential oils (optional)
5 drops each of Neroli, Chamomile and Fennel essential oils(optional)
1 tablespoon (or more) Bronze Mica Powder
What to do:

Melt shea butter, coconut oil and beeswax in a double boiler until completely melted.
Add Argan Oil (if using) and essential oils (if using).
Stir well to incorporate.
Add Bronze Mica Powder (if using)
Quickly pour into empty deodorant containers or molds.
Makes enough to fill five empty deodorant containers.
Apply to dry skin as needed.

Moroccan Chicken Stir Fry

This is an easy and fast Moroccan chicken stir-fry that I often make on busy nights. It has a lot of contrasting flavors and colors and we’re especially enjoying it now that our Broccoli is in season in the garden.

If your family isn’t used to these types of spices, start with half and work up from there You can even omit the cumin, cinnamon and turmeric and just use salt, pepper and a little garlic powder for a much milder taste.

I get all of my herbs and spices from Mountain Rose Herbs since they are much cheaper in bulk and much higher quality that grocery store spices. (In fact, I keep over a dozen pre-made homemade spice blends on hand at all times for fast cooking).

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Moroccan Stir Fry

prep 10 mins

cook 20 mins

total 30 mins

author wellness mama

yield 4 -6

This flavorful and delicious stir fry combines bold flavors and nutritious vegetables for a family-pleasing dish that comes together quickly!

Ingredients

3-4 boneless skinless chicken breast or thigh (or more for leftovers)
1 medium sized head of broccoli or 1 large bag frozen
3-4 carrots, very thinly sliced
1 onion, very thinly sliced
1 teaspoon cumin powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder
1/2-1 teaspoon turmeric
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup of chicken broth (or water, or coconut milk)
Optional toppings: raisins and green olives
Olive oil, coconut oil or butter for sauteing.
Instructions

Chop chicken breasts/thighs into bite size pieces and saute in oil until cooked. I use coconut oil to saute.
Add carrots and onion and cook about 5 minutes until starting to soften.
Cut broccoli into florets and add to pan. Saute for another 3-4 minutes.
Add spices to taste and broth.
Cook an additional 5 minutes until all vegetables are tender.
Top with raisins and green olives if desired.
Enjoy!
courses main

cuisine moroccan