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[Trend Spotlight] Power Bowls Are On a Roll

Posted by janethelm
May 12, 2014
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[Trend Spotlight] Power Bowls Are On a Roll

~ by Janet Helm, MS, RD

I've been bowled over by this trend. Salads are so last year. Now it's all about the Power Bowl -- an all-in-one meal in a bowl comprised of a grain (often quinoa, noodles, brown rice, or another whole grain), a variety of chopped vegetables, meat or beans, and a tasty sauce to tie it all together.

Welcome to the era of the Power Bowl.  The dish is also being called a Buddha Bowl (possibly because it's packed so full of goodness that it bulges like Buddha's belly or simply a lunch or dinner bowl.  It's even a trend at breakfast.  Just do a search on Pinterest for Power Bowls and Buddha Bowls -- and you'll see just how big this trend is getting.  There's even a #powerbowl movement on Instagram.

Maybe this all got started in restaurants -- where a lot of food trends begin. Panera has a Power Menu. Chipotle has Burrito Bowls. Even new quick-service restaurant concepts are being built around the bowl, including Protein Bar, Backyard Bowls, and the Power Bowl.  A restaurant called First Watch recently won the 2014 Healthful Innovations Award from MenuMasters for its Quinoa Power Bowl, a combination of quinoa, grilled chicken, roasted tomatoes, feta and a basil pesto sauce. So expect to see even more menu items served up in a bowl.

Check out the frozen food section at your supermarket and you'll find lots of Power Bowls, from entrees to breakfast. The fresh produce aisle also features new Power Bowl kits to make it easy to create a meal in a bowl. 

Healthy Aperture bloggers are fully on top of this trend.  Featured above is the Mexican Turkey and Bean Quinoa Bowl by I Will Not Eat Oysters. The bowl concept works well with Mexican flavors, but it's equally adapted for Asian-style meals made with noodles, like the Vietnamese Vermicelli Bowl below or Rainbow Soba Bowls by Arielle Likes To Cook, Homemade Ramen Bowls by A Side of Sweet, and Spicy Thai Shrimp Bowls by Prevention RD.

Check out some of the other creations from Healthy Aperture bloggers for inspiration to make your own Power Bowls at home. 

Black Bean and Avocado Power Bowl with Hummus Dressing

[Trend Spotlight] Power Bowls Are On a Roll

To try the Black Bean and Avocado Power Bowl with Hummus Dressing, visit The Texitarian

Elevate Your Senses Power Bowl

[Trend Spotlight] Power Bowls Are On a Roll

If you'd like to make the Elevate-Your-Senses Power Bowl, check out Blissful Basil for the recipe.

Vietnamese Vermicelli Bowl

[Trend Spotlight] Power Bowls Are On a Roll

Visit Feasting at Home to find the recipe for the Vietnamese Vermicelli Bowl.




Janet Helm is the author of the FOOD TRENDS Feature on HealthyAperture and is a registered dietitian who wears multiple hats – as a public relations executive, blogger and nutrition journalist. Currently, she is the Chief Food and Nutrition Strategist in North America for Weber Shandwick, a global public relations firm. Janet is also the co-founder of Healthy Aperture, founder of Nutrition Blog Network and author of The Food Lover’s Healthy Habits Cookbook. She blogs at Nutrition Unplugged and for WedMD and is a former media spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She received a bachelor’s degree in mass communications and nutrition, and a master’s degree in dietetics from Kansas State University. Janet lives in Chicago with her husband and 10-year-old twins.
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