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.

10 Fun Picnic Games for Kids

Family picnics offer a great way for kids to have some outdoor fun. Instead of just packing a meal and a blanket, plan out a few fun games and activities for the little ones during your picnic. This will keep them entertained for the whole day while creating some precious memories. Here are ten great ideas for family picnic fun.

1. A Nature Scavenger Hunt
Before you head out, come up with a short list of items that your kids can expect to find during your picnic. Your list might include birds, leaves, rocks, squirrels, and deer. Print out the list on a piece of card stock and bring crayons or colored pencils for the kids to mark items off as they spot them.

2. Water Balloon Fights
On hot days, a water balloon fight is just the thing to get the kids excited. Pack a plastic storage tote with water balloons so you don’t have to worry about finding a water source at the picnic area. After everyone eats, bring out the water balloons. Remember to bring some towels for everyone to dry off and to protect your car’s upholstery.

3. Water Balloon Catch
This is a more organized take on a water balloon fight. Attach a colander or strainer to the top of a bicycle or batting helmet. Choose one person to be “it.” This person wears the helmet and attempts to catch water balloons being thrown in the colander. Be sure to take turns so everyone has a chance to wear the helmet.

4. Three-Legged Races
Three-legged races are favorites for picnics. Today, you can find bands that are made specifically for this game, so you can attach yourself to one of your kids without using rope or other materials that might cut off circulation. Once you have everyone in your group matched with a partner and connected, start racing to see which group can run the fastest as a team.

5. Tug of War
Another classic picnic game is tug of war. All you need is a rope, a flag to attach to the center of the rope, and some chalk to mark the centerline. Once you have people positioned on either side of the rope, begin pulling to see which side is the victor.

6. Egg-and-Spoon Races
Pack a few extra hard-boiled eggs and large spoons for this game. Give each player a spoon and egg and have them race toward the finish line without dropping the egg. These eggs probably shouldn’t be served with your meal after the race is over; they won’t be in very good shape.

7. Hula-Hoop Contests
See how long everyone can keep a hula-hoop up and spinning. Bring a stopwatch and enough hula-hoops for everyone to compete. You can also change this game up a bit by seeing who can walk the farthest while hula hooping.

8. Potato Sack Races
Potato sack races are among the most popular picnic games for kids. You can find these sacks at many local discount stores, or they can be purchased online. Be sure to get enough so that everyone can race at the same time. Each person gets into a sack and hops to the finish line.

9. One-Word Stories
This is a great game to play right after eating. It is played while sitting down, so everyone has a chance to let the food settle. Start off the game by saying one word, and take turns adding another word to the story. Pretty soon, you will have a silly story that puts everyone into a fit of giggles.

10. Beanbag Toss
The beanbag toss can be played in several ways. If you have the traditional corn hole game boards, bring them with you to the picnic area. Everyone can try their luck to see how close to the hole they can get their beanbags. If you don’t have the game boards, you can compete with each other to see who can toss the beanbags the farthest.

These games can be played at your family picnic or for company picnics. There is no limit on how many players each game can have. Choose a few of these great games for your next outdoor gathering and watch as the little ones delight in seeing who can win each competition. Do you have some other kid-friendly picnic game ideas?

Sweet Potato Power Book Review

I recently read Sweet Potato Power by Ashley Tudor and I admit that at first, I was somewhat skeptical of a 250+ page book completely about sweet potatoes, but Ashley did a great job.

While this book definitely has some great sweet potato recipes, it also has an easy-to-understand explanation of why a grain free diet is helpful and why sweet potatoes are an exceptional carb source for those of us who are grain free.

This book would be especially beneficial for athletes who feel that they need the additional carbs for the activity level but don’t want to get them from grains or processed foods. Ashley even includes recipes for natural sweet potato based sports drinks.

Sweet Potato Power also has a wonderful and easy to understand explanation of the body’s hormone systems and why excess carbs can damage proper hormone levels.

Ashley does a great job of addressing the importance of sleep and how stressors such as lack of sleep or harmful foods can cause chronic inflammation throughout the body. I was impressed with the way she explained how over-exercising can cause as much stress as not exercising at all.

What Is Best for YOUR Body

One of my favorite parts of this book is how it breaks down how while each of our bodies is very different, there are still substances (grains, sugars, etc.) that are not good for anyone. Sweet Potato Power gives great resources of figuring out what method is right for your body within the healthy eating framework.

Sweet Potato Power provides resources for self-testing and for finding a good doctor in your area.

I’m a big fan of self-testing glucose levels to monitor my own glucose reaction to different foods and Sweet Potato Power gives a great guide for how to do this on your own.

Oh the Recipes…

Sweet Potato Power includes some great sweet potato recipes including (my two favorites) Sweet Potato Linguine and Sweet Potato Quiche. There’s even a recipe for sweet potato cupcakes (which are on my list to try this week!)

I’d definitely recommend Sweet Potato Power and it would be especially beneficial for athletes who are trying to figure out how to incorporate healthy carbs without eating grains or sugars.

Have you read Sweet Potato Power? What did you think? Let me know below!

Loaded Sweet Potato Soup

I used to love making potato soup, clam chowder and other potato based soups and stews. Now that we don’t eat white potatoes very often, I hadn’t made any of them in years. I found my old recipe when I was cleaning out my cabinets, and decided to try a sweet potato version.

I used winter squash to take the sweetness down a notch, and the sweet and salty flavors in this soup go really well together. If you are a potato soup person, try it!

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Loaded Sweet Potato Soup

prep 10 mins

cook 30 mins

total 40 mins

author wellness mama

yield 4 -6

A filling and nutritious sweet potato based soup.

Ingredients

1 medium to large winter squash or pumpkin
3-4 medium sweet potatoes
1/4 cup of coconut oil or butter
2 onions
1 quart chicken broth or stock (homemade if possible)
2 cups coconut milk (or water)
1 pound of meat of choice: leftover chicken, sausage, ground beef or bacon all work
Optional garnishes: crumbled bacon, cheese, chopped green onions
Instructions

Peel and chop the squash and sweet potatoes.
In a large pot, boil at least 2 quarts of water and add the chopped squash and sweet potatoes. Cook until fork tender and remove.
Let cool slightly. Using a blender, hand blender of food processor, blend half of the cooked squash/sweet potatoes with the broth, coconut milk and spices until smooth and return it to the pot.
Add the other half of the cooked squash/sweet potatoes.
In a large skillet, brown the meat you are using if not already cooked (I like ground sausage) and add to pot when cooked.
Thinly slice onions and cook in the skillet with coconut oil or butter if needed until soft. Add to pot.
Cook bacon in skillet if using for a garnish.
Heat pot on low heat until ingredients are mixed and warmed.
Serve with optional garnishes (crumbled bacon, cheese, green onions, etc) and a side salad.
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Savory Sweet Potato Fries Recipe

These sweet potato fries are a kid-approved substitute for regular fries or potato products, and they are packed with nutrition. A kid favorite at our house, the kids often help slice these or cut them in to crinkle cut chips before baking.

They are easy and fast to make and go with a lot of different meals. Sweet potatoes are considered more nutrient rich than regular potatoes and the sweetness of the sweet potatoes pairs perfectly with seal salt and pepper for a sweet and salty treat.

I serve these with homemade ketchup or mayo.

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Savory Sweet Potato Fries Recipe

prep 10 mins

cook 30 mins

total 40 mins

author wellness mama

yield 4 +

Savory sweet potato fries baked with coconut oil, salt, garlic, basil and other spices.

Ingredients

2-3 large sweet potatoes, sliced into thin strips
1/4 cup olive oil or melted coconut oil
Spices of choice (I use: garlic, sea salt, pepper, basil, oregano, and thyme)
Instructions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Put olive oil and spices in small bowl and mix well.
Slice sweet potatoes and put on large baking sheet (or two if you are making a lot).
Pour oil over the fries and toss by hand until evenly coated- this will also coat the baking sheet.
Bake for 25-30 minutes or more until slightly browned and tender.
Serve with homemade ketchup or mayo (It is a French thing!).
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Not in the mood for sweet potato fries? These stuffed sweet potatoes and this sweet potato soupare two other sweet potato favorites at our house and this sweet potato shrimp carbonara is a date night favorite for my husband and me (It uses sweet potato “noodles” for extra flavor and nutrition).

Check out my full recipe gallery for simple dinner ideas that are grain-free, dairy-optional and always delicious.

Bacon Lime Sweet Potato Salad Recipe

Note : from Katie: Please welcome George Bryant as he shares this delicious recipe. He is the creative genius behind the award winning Paleo Food blog Civilized Caveman Cooking. Enter George…


One thing I have realized in life is that no matter how big or how little my to-do list is, there is never enough time to accomplish it. I figured I wasn’t the only one in this situation, which is why I created this delicious Bacon Lime Sweet Potato Salad recipe. I love making this in 5-10 pound batches and living off it for every meal. For breakfast, I add eggs. For lunch, I add chicken. For dinner, I add steak. It keeps life delicious and simple. I may admittedly have a sweet potato addiction so you could also just eat it once a day if that makes you happy.

When I decided to make a giant lifestyle shift and take control of my health, it was intimidating. I had never cooked before in my life, I was overcoming a 12-year battle with bulimia and I had around 100 pounds to lose. To say I was scared was an understatement. One of the biggest keys to my success was keeping things simple and becoming a master at a few of my favorite recipes. This taught me how to have fun in the kitchen and created positivity around what I was cooking, which was pivotal in me enjoying and sticking to my journey.

In fact, it was so pivotal that I decided to change my career, start a business for the first time and work passionately to share my journey with others. I started my food blog to share everything I was creating to keep me successful and inspire others to do the same. My vision in life is to make others easier and support them in living the healthiest lifestyle possible. Which is why I co-authored The Paleo Kitchen. This recipe is just one of 125 brand new recipes in the book that are all simple, affordable and knock your socks off delicious. We also share our tips on how to have fun in the kitchen, how to save time and money, how to shop in season and love every minute of it. Oh and I have to apologize, we tried to get scratch and sniff pages for each photograph but the technology doesn’t exist yet.

I would love to keep writing, but I feel like I am committing a crime by not allowing you to make this recipe right now. I also caution you, if you plan on bringing this to a gathering or sharing, make double to save a stash for yourself. You have been warned. Enjoy.

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Bacon Lime Sweet Potato Salad Recipe

prep 15 mins

cook 30 mins

total 45 mins

author wellness mama

yield 4 +

This delicious dish combines sweet potatoes, bacon, lime and herbs and spices to create a flavorful and simple meal.

Ingredients

½ pound bacon (225 grams)
3 large sweet potatoes (about 2 pounds/910 grams), cut into ½-inch (12-mm) cubes
4 garlic cloves, chopped
2 tablespoons coconut oil
juice of 1 lime
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 green onions, chopped
handful of fresh dill, roughly chopped
dash of red pepper flakes
dash of ground cinnamon
salt and pepper, to taste
Instructions

Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C). Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and lay the bacon flat on the sheet. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until the bacon is slightly crispy. Let cool then roughly chop.
In a roasting pan or rimmed baking sheet lined with aluminum foil, toss the sweet potatoes and garlic in coconut oil and roast for about 30 minutes or until slightly browned. (Cook time will vary depending on size of sweet potato cubes.)
While the sweet potatoes are roasting, whisk together the lime juice, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar. Toss in green onions, dill, red pepper flakes, cinnamon, and salt and pepper and mix well.
Once sweet potatoes are finished cooking, toss them together with the dressing and bacon.
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cuisine american

Sweet Potato Casserole

This is a Thanksgiving classic recipe that many people love. Our family prefers plain baked sweet potatoes with lots of butter and Himalayan salt, but since some extended family prefer the marshmallow dredged version, I decided concoct a healthy version.

Every time I’ve made this sweet potato casserole for family and friends, it’s been a huge hit. The “marshmallow” topping also makes a great cake icing on coconut flour cakes for kid’s birthdays. This is still pretty high in starch so it shouldn’t be eaten every day, but it is definitely a healthier alternative to the high-fructose corn syrup marshmallow version.

You can also leave off the marshmallows completely, or reduce the amount of Gelatin in this marshmallow recipe to 3 Tablespoons to make a marshmallow fluff topping.

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Sweet Potato Casserole

prep 15 mins

cook 30 mins

total 45 mins

author wellness mama

yield 8

A healthy take on Sweet Potato casserole with a honey and egg white “marshmallow” topping (completely optional).

Ingredients

Topping
5 egg whites
2/3 cup honey
1/4 tsp cinnamon
dash of vanilla
Filling
6-8 sweet potatoes, baked until soft
1/4 cup butter or coconut oil
dash of salt
Instructions

Bake the sweet potatoes until soft.
Once slightly cooled, mash the sweet potatoes with butter and salt.
Grease a 9×13 inch baking dish with butter or coconut oil and fill with mashed sweet potatoes.
In a double boiler or small pan with water and a glass bowl on top, whip the egg whites with a hand blender until fluffy.
Add honey and turn on heat.
Use a whisk to whip the egg white and honey mix as it heats. Whisk for about 20 minutes (or less) until it thickens.
It will start to take on the consistency of melted marshmallows… when it is thick enough, spread over the sweet potatoes and put in the oven under broil for a minute or two to brown.
Serve plain or with toasted pecans on top.
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cuisine thanksgiving

Shrimp Carbonara with Sweet Potato “Pasta”

Since reading Sweet Potato Power, I’ve been using sweet potatoes much more creatively. We’ve always eaten a lot of them, but she had a great recipe for Sweet Potato Pasta, and I’ve used the basic concept in several dishes since then.

This is my favorite so far because it combines sweet potatoes, shrimp, and bacon… yum.

Even if you aren’t completely grain free, using sweet potato strings in place of pasta is an easy way to add some extra nutrition and fun color to a meal!

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Shrimp Carbonara Sweet Potato “Pasta”

prep 15 mins

cook 15 mins

total 30 mins

author wellness mama

yield 4 -6

An easy pasta on a sweet potato noodle base.

Ingredients

3-4 medium sweet potatoes
1 pound wild-caught shrimp
4 tablespoons butter or coconut oil
6 slices of bacon
1 cup of peas or chopped asparagus spears
1/2 cup parmesan cheese (optional)
1/2 cup heavy cream or coconut milk
1 onion
Spices to taste: I used 1 teaspoon each of garlic powder, Italian Seasoning, Salt and Pepper
Instructions

Peel the sweet potatoes and using a peeler or food processor that can julienne (if you have one) thinly slice it into thin, noodle-like strips. This will take a while with a peeler, but is a good job for an older child to help with. Once all the sweet potatoes are peeled, melt 3 tablespoons of the butter or coconut oil in a large skillet and add the sweet potato “noodles.” Sprinkle lightly with sea salt or Himalayan Salt.
Cook for about 7-8 minutes, stirring constantly, until noodles are starting to get tender but are not mushy yet. Remove from pan. Add the bacon and cook until crispy. Remove from pan and add onion, peas/asparagus and the remaining tablespoon of butter or oil if needed. Cook 3-4 minutes or until onions are translucent and peas are bright green and tender. Add the shrimp (tails and skins removed) and saute another 5-6 minutes until shrimp is cooked (less time if shrimp is pre-cooked). Add the parmesan and cream/coconut milk and desired spices to taste. Stir 1-2 minutes to thicken. (can completely omit the parmesan and cream/coconut milk if you don’t want a creamy pasta and prefer a stir-fry type taste)
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cuisine italian

Sausage & Sweet Potato Hash

I have a confession, I’m not a food blogger- just a mom who loves to cook. When I started out, my recipes were good, but my pictures were bad. Really bad.

Since then, I’ve learned a little about photography and improved some (I hope) but I’m still just a mom who cooks and sometimes, I get tired of writing elaborate descriptions of recipes, because, really… who reads those anyway?

Rather attempting to write a fancy description about how delicious, delectable, perfectly balanced and ______ (insert other over-used food work here) this recipe is, I’ll let its simplicity speak for itself.

Sausage & sweet potato hash isn’t fancy, and I wouldn’t serve it at a dinner party (unless it was a dinner party centered on watching sports), but it is a quick meal option that my children absolutely love and that is super simple to make.

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Sausage and Sweet Potato Hash

prep 5 mins

cook 30 mins

total 35 mins

author wellness mama

yield 4

Ingredients

4 sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped
2 granny smith apples, cored and chopped
2 onions, finely chopped
1 pound organic sausage (or can substitute chicken, grass fed meat or other protein)
1 tsp each of salt, pepper and garlic powder (or to taste) (divided)
2 tablespoons coconut oil, divided
Instructions

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Cut sweet potatoes in to large chunks and place on baking sheet. Drizzle with 2 T of coconut oil oil and sprinkle with spices to taste. Toss to coat. Roast the sweet potatoes until they are soft but not mushy, about 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and reserve.
While that is cooking, cook sausage in a medium skillet. When the sausage has started to get crispy and brown, add the onions, season with salt and saute until the onions are very soft and translucent Add the apples sauté an additional 3 to 4 minutes.
Pour this mixture over the sweet potato mixture and add to the oven for an additional 7-10 minutes or until sweet potatoes are soft and starting to brown.
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Sweet Potato Shepard’s Pie Recipe (Savory and Sweet)

This is a similar recipe to my Meatloaf Cupcakes, but with more vegetables…

My kids absolutely love sweet potatoes and will eat them any way I fix them, so this is a good way to add in the extra veggies. This recipe also freezes well and re-heats well so it can be prepared ahead for busy nights.

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Sweet Potato Shepard’s Pie Recipe (Family Favorite)

prep 15 mins

cook 45 mins

total 60 mins

author wellness mama

yield 6 -8

I love this healthier take on Shepard’s pie with a creamy sweet potato topping! This is a family favorite at our house and my kids love helping make the layers.

Ingredients

2 (or more) pounds of ground beef, turkey or other meat
4-6 medium sized sweet potatoes
1 bag of frozen mixed veggies (no corn! It’s not a veggie!)
1-2 onions
Large handful of Kale (a small bunch)
1 egg
Seasonings to taste (I used natural beef bouillon, basil, garlic, salt, pepper, oregano and a little cayenne for meat and sea salt for sweet potatoes)
3-4 Tablespoons of butter
cream cheese to top (optional)
Instructions

Brown meat in large skillet and season to taste when cooked. Set aside.
Saute diced onion and kale torn into small pieces in skillet until somewhat soft. Set aside with meat.
Pour mixed veggies in the skillet to heat on low heat and in the meantime…
For sweet potatoes: either bake ahead for about an hour or until soft, or boil about 10 minutes in large pot of water until soft. I usually cook during a previous meal when I’m already baking sweet potatoes and then just re-heat the night I make this.
Mash sweet potatoes with butter and sea salt (or Himalayan salt) until smooth. (An immersion blender makes this go quickly!)
Mixed veggies should be cooked by now.
Mix the meat, onions mixed veggies, raw egg and any additional seasonings and put in bottom of 9×13 baking dish.
Spread mashed sweet potato mixture over it until smooth.
Bake at 350 for approximately 30 minutes.
When done, top with a small dollop of cream cheese (optional)
Enjoy
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cuisine irish