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 Fruit Skewer Ideas

Summer is a party season. Whether it is a picnic at the beach or park or a backyard barbecue for the Fourth of July, summer parties definitely need refreshing fruit treats. One of the best ways to make fruits easy to tote and enjoy at a party of any kind is to create fruit skewers.

It eliminates the needs for cups and utensils, making it much more likely that your guests will grab onto this sweet yet healthful treat.

Fruit skewers should be fun and vibrant. If you are looking for fun fruit skewer ideas for your next party, these ten ideas are sure to be a hit.

When we think of summer, we think of watermelon. It can be messy carrying slices of it around the backyard. And then, you get trapped talking to your dad’s coworkers while you are trying to make your way to the trash to toss the rind.

With these frozen watermelon skewers, all you need are those bamboo skewers, a watermelon, and a melon baller. Scoop the watermelon out into balls and spear the balls onto your skewers. Then freeze them. You can even do it overnight. When it is party time, you will have this fantastically fruity frozen offering.

Do the kids run straight to the dessert table to ravage the cakes, cookies, and brownies? Well, now you can get them to eat a little fruit with it too.

Take your skewers and spear them with fudgy brownies, marshmallows, and strawberries for a delightful dessert on a stick. Additionally, you can drizzle them with fudge or serve with a chocolate fountain if you are feeling extra indulgent.

There is just something about berries. They are naturally sweet and totally delicious. Plus, they are filled with antioxidants and all kinds of good-for-you nutrients.

Making skewers of berries also looks pretty too. You can arrange different patterns of blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries for a gorgeous skewered fruit snack that will disappear fast.

A trip to the islands might be out of your budget, but serving tropical island fruits isn’t. You can make a splash at any party from a backyard barbecue to a luau-themed bash if you take slices of tropical fruit and skewer them up.

Try pineapple, mango, banana, and papaya. You can also use cookie cutters to make them into fun shapes, like stars. Want more extras? Try serving them with Greek yogurt mixed with lime juice for a fun twist, or sprinkle them with toasted coconut shreds.

They are almost too pretty to eat. To make them, you simply choose fruits from all the colors of the rainbow and arrange them on your skewers accordingly. Set out on a platter, they look spectacular.

Start with strawberries, followed by cantaloupe, pineapple, a green grape, a blueberry, and a red grape. You can also use a segment of mandarin orange instead of cantaloupe, or a slice of honeydew melon instead of a green grape. Kiwi would work too. The idea is to create a rainbow of fruit on a stick, and who doesn’t want to taste the rainbow?

To make a fruit skewer bouquet, it takes a bit more skill than the others and a bit more prep time. But the presentation is worth it. Your guests will definitely be impressed.

Cut pineapple slices into the shape of butterflies and skewer them. On another skewer, cut watermelon into a flower shape and put a cantaloupe ball in the center.

And for the others, simply cut the pineapple slices into flowers and use strawberries and other berries as the center of the flower. Soon, you will have a beautiful and edible bouquet to dress up any party table.

Make something the kids will not be able to resist eating. Skewer green grapes and at the end, add a strawberry. Add eyes by looking for eyes in the cake decorating section of your supermarket. You can attach them with a dab of frosting. It is an easy way to make fruit fun for kids.

Why leave the fruit off the barbecue during your next backyard party? Skewer fresh slices of peaches, pineapple, and whole strawberries. Drizzle them with olive oil and grill for about 10 minutes, turning them on occasion. Before serving, drizzle with raw organic honey.

Melons are so vibrant in color. Plus they are juicy and everyone loves them. It is hard to say no to something that tastes so good, and thankfully, melons are filled with all the good nutrients your body needs so it is a win-win.

Making fruit skewers with melons is easy. You will need a watermelon, cantaloupe, and honeydew melon. You can choose to use a melon baller and keep things simple, skewering the melon balls onto the skewers. Or you can slice your melons and use cookie cutters to cut out a variety of shapes. Whichever way you choose, these will go fast especially on a hot day.

I will end with this slightly fancy twist on fruit skewers that aptly combines sweet and savory flavors. Perfect for baby or bridal showers, or even for a backyard wedding, these skewers combine ripe balls of cantaloupe with prosciutto-wrapped mozzarella balls for an amazing contrast of tastes.

Simply skewer the cantaloupe ball, followed by a basil leaf, and then the prosciutto-wrapped ball of mozzarella. Repeat until the skewer is filled. You can also sprinkle them with fresh shreds of mint leaves for another layer of amazing flavor.

Now that you have so many fruit skewer ideas, there is just one thing left to do… plan your next party. Which one of these will you choose for your next event?

10 Creative Ways to Make Your Breakfast Healthier

For years, the glory of breakfast has been devoted to sugary donuts, cereals, and other nutritional travesties like Twinkies and Pop Tarts. You are no longer a kid who can operate on sugar and nutritionally devoid carbohydrates, unfortunately.

Not even children should be eating junk for their breakfast, so it is time to revamp your mornings. Using these ten ways to make your breakfast healthier is just the beginning to a new day and a new you.

Never eat refined, ultra-processed carbohydrates in the morning, as this will shoot your blood glucose level sky high. An example of a bad choice is Lucky Charms or white bread. Instead look for options with unprocessed wheat, brown rice, corn, oats, or quinoa.

Whole grains provide a host of minerals and vitamins that are essential to your health. Choosing organic and natural brands are your best bet for getting the highest quality whole grains available. Or you can always make your own whole grain bread or muffins!

People usually raise their eyebrows at the suggestion of eating nut butter in the morning, but think of the possibilities. Plus, that extra protein and healthy fat goes a long way in powering you through the day. The other reason is that certain combinations, like peanut butter and whole wheat gives you a complete amino acid profile – a true health benefit.

So try adding a serving of peanut butter to your oatmeal, dropping a dollop of almond butter into your smoothie, or even spreading some waffles with cashew butter. I personally love sprouted brown rice bread with some peanut butter and slices of apple in the morning.

According to WebMD, a high-fiber diet can cut your odds of getting heart disease and type 2 diabetes drastically. Not to mention that fiber helps you feel fuller for longer. The recommended intake of fiber is 25 grams for women and 38 grams for men.

By incorporating whole grains and other sources of fiber, like fresh produce, into your morning meal, you can knock out half of the RDI before you’re even out the front door.

Protein will do two things. First, because your body is in prime muscle building mode in the morning, adding some extra protein will help you recover from that hard workout last night. Second, protein keeps you fuller longer.

Need an idea of savory protein? Try this: prepare some quick coating oats in water, add a pinch of salt and. Mix in some pan-seared vegetables, like peppers, zucchini, or tomatoes. Top with an egg sunny side up. It is phenomenal and super healthy.

Okay, we all know avocado toast and that is an excellent treat in the morning. But you can dress up that simple slice of toast even more. First, rethink the type of bread you are using. Opt for something hearty, like whole grain rye, pumpernickel, or sprouted varieties with seeds.

Add different spreads, like fresh ricotta, mozzarella, pates, or whatever suits your taste. Top with fresh tomatoes and herbs. It does not take that long to prepare but is so much more fulfilling than jam.

Put down the Skittles, Fruit Loops, and other candy-colored monstrosities that you think are safe for breakfast. There is another rainbow that you can taste that will also reduce your risk of cancer and help with weight control. Yes, that would be fruits and vegetables.

Think of your unprocessed grains as a canvas that you need to fill with every single color of the rainbow. For example, you have a bowl of quinoa. You can add mixed berries, some orange slices, a dash of cinnamon, and some fresh basil. Have a whole grain wrap? Fill it up with some beans, tomato, sweet potato, peppers, and avocado.

There are a lot of vegetables, beans, and legumes out there that can be incorporated into breakfast and picky eaters would be none the wiser. Black beans or adzuki beans can be used to create hearty spreads or mashed to make a base for breakfast bars.

You can slice up zucchini and bananas and use them in bread. Add spinach to muffins or smoothies. Heck, you can even make a pumpkin and sweet potato spread for toast.

There are some cereals on the shelves that have more sugar content than three chocolate chip cookies. No one thinks cookies for breakfast is adequate, so ditch the processed sugar storm.

Start the morning with less sugar to stabilize your glucose levels. As mentioned, stable blood glucose regulates hunger and prevents diabetes. Natural sugar is okay, but say no to the fake stuff.

Hot meals and cereals (think steel-cut oats, bran, millet, and quinoa) are excellent for keeping your appetite in check. However, there is one more meaning to “warming up” that you can consider. Hot sauce and sriracha lovers can rejoice. Not only hot sauce super tasty, it is also healthy.

The capsicum in the red peppers that make the sauce has anti inflammatory properties as well as a role in thermogenesis, which can add in fat burning. Try adding hot sauce to your scrambled eggs, avocado toast, or make savory oatmeal.

Two words: crock pot. These overnight cookers will truly cut down on the prep time in the morning. You can make egg casseroles, steam bread, whip up batches of oatmeal, and much more.

Of course, overnight oatmeal heaped with fresh fruits and chia seeds that you leave in the fridge is wonderful during the hotter summer months and is a snap to grab and go during busy workdays.

Breakfast does not have to be a nutritional nightmare or dietary disaster – not when you follow these ten tips for making it healthier. By making small changes to your morning routine and incorporating in health and wellness tips from other factors, like eating more fruits and veggies, you can completely reshape your day just by eating a better breakfast.

Lady Gaga debuts short rainbow hair but gets accused of stealing the look

Lady Gaga doesn’t look like this anymore…the singer now has short rainbow hair  (Reuters)

It seems to be the summer of dramatic celebrity hair changes. In fact, so many are dying their hair every color of the rainbow, we’re pretty sure it’s become the biggest trend of the season. So it came as no surprise when we spotted the latest bold makeover in our Instagram feed.

On Saturday, Lady Gaga posted a photo of herself sporting her latest hair transformation: a shorter cut colored in shades of green, orange, red and yellow.

The singer, who’s gearing up for her Joanne world tour, is no stranger to bold hair changes, switching it up on a seemingly daily basis. However this time, people are accusing her of stealing her latest look from someone else.


People took to social media to point out that Gaga’s hair looks very similar to Paramore singer Hayley Williams’ hair circa 2014, posting side-by-side images of the two.

While the tweet has received a lot of attention, with over 6,000 likes as of Monday afternoon, some people came to Gaga’s defense, posting photos of her with rainbow hair in 2012.

Display nothing; This is on Publish with no configured ImageStill others noted that despite any similarities between the two singers’ colors, neither of them in fact invented the look. Even Williams weighed in on the debate, tweeting “lovin it.”

Gaga now joins both Shakira and Alicia Keys, who also used social media recently to debut vibrant hair color transformations. Shakira is now rocking a bold fiery red color while Alicia Keys has new rainbow braids.

Skydiver snaps incredible image of circular rainbow

Skydiver Anthony Killeen photographed a double-rainbow. Picture: Anthony Killeen

HAVE you ever wondered why you can never find the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow?

Well, it turns out there’s no such thing.

Skydiver Anthony Killeen revealed the truth in a series of stunning images, shared on Imgur.

He jumped out of a plane 4800m in the air over the Bay of Islands in New Zealand, capturing the 360 degree double-rainbow on camera.

The phenomenon is called a “glory”, and it’s not as rare as you think.

In fact, all rainbows are a full circle, but in most cases your view is broken by the ground.

Natural phenomena makes thrillseeking an even bigger rush. Picture: Anthony KilleenSource:imgur

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The images show a stunning 360 degree ring of colour. Picture: Anthony KilleenSource:imgur

Reddit users were fascinated with the photos.

“It’s an exact replica of the cloud level on Mario 64,” Chandler 0521 wrote.

“If you shoot the middle then you get +10 coins,” added MrCaptDrNonsense.

Others turned their attention to leprechauns.

“It’s actually a circle … those leprechauns had us fooled the whole time,” wrote MikhailButtovsky.

“Where is the pot of gold!? I’ve been lied to,” complained AngryRatMan.

“Those little green b*stards,” said WindsyOfWesleyChapel.

The ecstatic pair can’t believe their luck. Picture: Anthony Killeen.Source:imgur

Turns out there never was a pot of gold. Picture: Anthony Killeen.Source:imgur

Rainbows are notoriously difficult to photograph, because conditions must be such that there is moisture in the air but no clouds.

The colours appear when sunlight refracts off the water droplets.

In Eastern cultures, a double-rainbow is said to be a sign of good fortune — the first arc represents the material world, while the second is the spiritual realm.

It’s said to represent movement from earth to heaven.

Resonance in rainbow bridge

Utah’s iconic Rainbow Bridge hums with natural and man-made vibrations, according to a new University of Utah study, published September 21 in Geophysical Research Letters. The study characterizes the different ways the bridge vibrates and what frequencies and energy sources cause the rock structure to resonate. The vibrations are small, according to geology and geophysics professor Jeff Moore, but the study provides a baseline measure of the bridge’s structural integrity and shows how human activities can rattle solid rock.

Oblique view of Rainbow Bridge. Image credit: Sarah Doyle.

“Rainbow Bridge is constantly on the verge of stability,” Moore says. “It’s at this delicate balance, and it’s worth trying to understand what forces play a role in accelerating the demise of such sensitive and exceptional natural features.”

Listening to the bridge

Rainbow Bridge, located in southern Utah, is a sandstone formation arching over a side canyon of the Lake Powell reservoir. At nearly 300 feet from the canyon floor to the apex of the arch, Rainbow Bridge is one of the highest natural bridges in the world. The site is also revered as sacred by five nearby Native American nations, and visitors are asked not to walk under the bridge out of respect.

With permission from tribal groups obtained by the National Park Service, Moore and his team monitored Rainbow Bridge to determine its modes of vibration, or predominant movements that together make up the vibration of the bridge. “A mode is the pattern of vibrational motion at a given frequency,” Moore says. “Think of a guitar string. When you pluck a guitar string you generate one main tone plus several overtones on top of that. Those are all different modes.”

He and his team placed two seismic sensors on the bridge and two at a nearby location for reference comparison. Moore had conducted similar studies on other rock arches, seeking to understand how arches vibrate and what kinds of vibrational energy can cause resonance in the rock structures.

A 3D simulation of resonance mode 1, exaggerated to show the magnitude of displacement. Image credit: Jeff Moore

Every object, including buildings, bridges, and rock arches, resonates at preferred frequencies. If the object feels vibrational energy at its resonant frequencies, then the motion of the object amplifies the vibrational waves – sometimes to the point of damage. Resonant frequencies are well-known for man-made objects, but are more difficult to calculate for natural structures, such as Rainbow Bridge.

The team recognized the rare opportunity to study the revered site. “We had a real respect for the bridge and the access we were permitted,” Moore says.

Catching the waves

Over two days of seismic monitoring in March 2015, the team identified eight major modes of resonant vibration – some forward and back, some up and down, and some twisting. Overall vibration of the bridge was a combination of those modes. Most of the time the bridge just shivered at a low hum.

Several human-caused events contributed to resonance, however. Mode 1, for example, a forward and back bending motion, resonates at a frequency of around 1.1 Hertz – about the same frequency as the waves of Lake Powell. Vibrations from those waves travel through the rock and are felt in Rainbow Bridge.

The bridge also feels earthquakes. During the study period, the team recorded three earthquakes (listen to one of them in the accompanying audio file). Two of the earthquakes were local, but one, likely an induced earthquake, occurred in Oklahoma – a testament, Moore says, that human activities can have unanticipated consequences.

“Many things we do are actually felt by Rainbow Bridge, which is extremely remote,” he says. “Human activity has altered the earth’s vibrational wavefield.” It’s unclear what effect these low-level vibrations have on sensitive structures, or how they compare with natural vibrations caused by forces such as wind. “Recording that is an interesting outcome,” Moore says.

Future directions

While Moore’s team conducted seismic monitoring, Jack Wood of the National Park Service took photos of the bridge from countless vantage points, allowing the team to construct a 3D model of Rainbow Bridge that can be viewed here.

From the model, the researchers were able to estimate the weight of the bridge at around 110,000 tons. According to Moore, that’s about the same as a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier or a large cruise ship.

Moore says the team’s work is an impetus for further study of Rainbow Bridge, since so little is known about how vibration and resonance affect the health of the bridge. A repeated experiment would allow for comparison of the bridge’s vibrational modes with the baseline established in this study as a way to assess whether the bridge is undergoing changes.

“We hope to provide a new way for people to look at the bridge as a dynamic, lively feature that’s constantly vibrating and constantly moving,” Moore says. “You get a new understanding of the bridge as a living feature rather than a static structure.”