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Our Buddha Bowl has these surprising health benefits

13.09.19 Eat, Learn Blog SumoSalad
Buddha bowl ingredients

We love our new Buddha Bowl – it’s so nutritious and delicious! It’s packed full of fresh veggies, crunchy nuts and seeds and your choice of protein. We quizzed nutritionist Ashleigh James about some of the top benefits of these wholefood ingredients. Some of them might surprise you!

Avocado
Avocados are rich in antioxidants, specifically carotenoids (lycopene and beta-carotene), which play important roles in maintaining eye health. They are a great source of healthy fat, and vitamin E, which is great for skin and hair health.

Cucumber
Cucumbers are one of the most alkaline foods available, which helps to balance out any acidic foods in the diet and body. They are also highly hydrating, great if you don’t manage to get your 2L of water each day.

Beetroot
Beetroots are highly nutritious and have been found to offer protection against coronary artery disease and stroke, lower cholesterol levels within the body, and have anti-aging effects, thanks to their rich array of antioxidants which help to rid the body of inflammation.

Red cabbage
Red cabbage is another extremely healthy vegetable, and has been studied for its anti-aging effects and as an immune supporter. It’s rich in antioxidants, including anthocyanins and indoles, which act as a prevention measure for many diseases. Anything with a rich dark purple colour is means it’s full of antioxidants.

Pepitas
Pepitas are a rich source of healthy fats, fibres and various antioxidants that are beneficial for the heart. These seeds consist of monounsaturated fatty acids as well as tryptophan, an amino acid that is the precursor to serotonin, a neurotransmitter which aids sleep and mood.

Cashews
The copper and iron in cashews work together to help the body form and use red blood cells. This in turn keeps blood vessels, nerves, bones and the immune system healthy and functioning properly.

Sweet potato
Sweet potatoes are high in fibre, and low in GI, which helps to fill you up for longer and aid digestive health. They’re also rich in Vitamin A, which is great for eye health.

Freekeh
Freekeh is a cracked form of wheat, which is full of a number of nutrients including selenium, potassium, magnesium, zinc, iron and calcium. It’s also full of fibre to fill you up.

Baby spinach
Baby spinach is not only extremely healthy, but extremely versatile, being rich in vitamin K, folate, and high in iron. Dark leafy greens are one of the richest sources of iron from plant food, especially important for those vegetarians/vegans out there!


Ashleigh James nutritionistAshleigh James is a Sydney-based integrated nutritional therapist who specialises in food intolerances, disordered eating and women’s health. She takes a holistic approach to nutrition, incorporating elements of psychology, eastern medicine and mindfulness-based therapeutic approaches to help her clients re-balance body, mind and spirit. If you’d like to chat to Ashleigh about your nutrition concerns, you can email her at ashleighjhealth@gmail.com. Plus, you can follow Ashleigh on Instagram @ashleighjhealth.

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