Buddha Bowls Presented and Prepared with Love, Mindfulness

By Frenzel, Anthony | Telegraph - Herald (Dubuque), January 7, 2018 | Go to article overview

Buddha Bowls Presented and Prepared with Love, Mindfulness


Frenzel, Anthony, Telegraph - Herald (Dubuque)


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tting the title of Buddha into the name of something tends to evoke serenity and mindfulness.

It's not a coincidence that Buddha bowls - sometimes known as macro or hippie bowls - include that honorific, according to Inspire Cafe owner Sara Post.

"How they're presented and how they're prepared - as well as the ingredients going into them - is all mindfulness," Post said. "We're very mindful of every aspect of the whole process. So, they're all made with love and care."

The name is thought to come from the bowls' similarities to the stories of Gautama Buddha, the historical figure.

"According to the legend of Buddha, he would walk the streets, and people would just give him foods in a bowl," Post said. "And, back then, nothing was processed or anything, and it was very hearty and healthy foods. That's basically how it's thought that the Buddha bowl originated."

While there's no hard and fast rules as to what goes into a Buddha bowl - they usually consist of chopped vegetables, grains and dressings like nuts or sauces - there is a definite philosophy behind the bowl.

The major tenets are that they are vegetarian and vegan friendly, they include a variety of macro nutrients, and they have an artistic, almost mandala-like, look.

"I started researching the different vegan options because I have been, myself, a vegan for a little bit," Post said. "Then, opening up down here, I've noticed how much of need and want there is for the vegan world. And, there aren't too many options. So, I wanted to incorporate some vegan options."

The concept of a Buddha bowl also fits neatly into Inspire's philosophy, not to mention the Buddha statue standing near the shop's entrance.

"In theory, when someone gets a Buddha bowl, they should get some change to give to Buddha on the way out," Post said.

And, while Inspire offers three base bowls - Thai, Greek and southwest - that doesn't mean they can't be customized with different ingredients, including proteins for those who don't eat vegan.

And, they're not the only bowl game in town.

Cheryl Rusk, owner of Charlotte's Coffee House, has incorporated a type of smoothie bowl into her menu called the kiwi acai bowl.

"Acai is a berry from the Amazon, and it's very high in antioxidants," Rusk said. …

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