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Top Ingredients in Making Your Own Healthy Bowl Recipes

on 08th Nov, 2018
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Diners in the Middle East are starting to see the benefits of clean eating and for those who aren’t, are moving steadily towards a healthier way of enjoying food.

This so-called “clean eating” is one of the newer trends amongst those who dine in the restaurants and even for those who choose to have their meals at home; and this trend is fast picking up. The idea behind it is simple; simply choose to include healthier food options into your diet. The reason that it is called clean eating is because those who are trying to eat “clean” are focused on cutting out as much of the added preservatives or pesticides used in farming as they can. Deciding to eat more of these organic produce and foods can have serious benefits for your health.

Healthy eating is a somewhat less focused manner of bettering the quality of your nutritional intake than clean eating, but often the two go hand in hand. When a person decides to eat healthy, they will be far more focused on the quality and nutritional value of the foods they consume. They will also begin to look at where their food was made and the processes that went into its production. In doing this, they will instantly be eating better and cutting out many of the harmful additives that can be found in foods today.

Trends like these are revolutionizing the food industry as they are making diners more aware of how and what they eat. Following the rise of these trends, the food industry has started to provide much healthier dining options; and one of these is Circle Café’s Healthy Bowls.

For more information on Clean Eating why not read our article 10 Tips to Eating Clean.


Top Ingredients for your Own Healthy Bowl

Circle Café’s bowls use the ingredients in your favourite salads and cuisines in Dubai and all of UAE, to ensure that you’ll not only get the nutritional benefits you need, but you’ll also get to enjoy the food itself.

And if you want to make your own healthy bowl recipe, why not check our list of the top 20 ingredients you can use.


Veggie Choices

1. Avocado

Avocado is one of the most common ingredients in your salads, sandwiches, drinks and even in your favourite sushi. It would be an amazing ingredient to include in your healthy bowl recipe for more reasons than just the delicious taste and creamy texture.

Health benefits: It lowers the risk of diseases like diabetes as well as cancer and heart disease. Avocado is high in fibre and full of nutrients; it can also lead to a healthier skin.

Great to pair with: cucumber, tomato, carrot and salmon

Use it on other delicious and healthy dishes: California rolls, avocado on toast and avocado smoothies

2. Tomato

Tomatoes are considered to be one of the healthiest vegetables available, but they can also add some much needed freshness to any bowl and serve as a juicy yet nutritious ingredient which can be cooked or eaten raw.

Health benefits: It is great at helping to fight cancerous cells, and is rich in vitamin C; it has low calorie and fat content.

Great to pair with: avocado, tuna, chicken, kale and quinoa

Use it on other delicious and healthy dishes: tomatoes and egg toast, tomato smoothies, shakshouka and eggs benedict

3. Lettuce

Adding lettuce to any healthy bowl recipe has the ability to increase flavour as well as add a fresh crunch to an already tasty bowl.

Health benefits: It lowers cholesterol levels, regulates sleep and controls anxiety; it also has a great supply of antioxidants that can prevent cancer.

Great to pair with: avocado, beef, chicken, rice and cheese

Use it on other delicious and healthy dishes: lentil salad, falafel salad and the tuna poke bowl

4. Edamame

A firm favourite amongst lovers of Japanese cuisine, Edamame is an incredibly nutritious type of soy bean that can serve as an exciting addition to your healthy bowl recipe.

Health benefits: It is high in protein; it reduces the risk of heart disease and controls blood sugar levels.

Great to pair with: ginger, salmon, tuna, carrot and kale

Use it on other delicious and healthy dishes: brown rice noodles and salmon sashimi bowl

5. Beetroot

This sweet root vegetable can easily add some earthy flavours and a fullness to the recipe of your healthy bowl while providing you with a great range of vitamins and nutrients.

Health benefits: It lowers blood pressure, slows the progression of Dementia and can improve stamina.

Great to pair with: kale, lettuce, chicken and mozzarella

Use it on other delicious and healthy dishes: pumpkin salad and beetroot smoothies

6. Kale

A much-loved ingredient amongst fine diners and vegetarians alike; the addition of kale can make a difference in your healthy recipe.

Health benefits: It is full of powerful antioxidants, and is one of the best sources of Vitamin K and Vitamin C. It also lowers cholesterol levels.

Great to pair with: chicken, tomato, cheese and beetroot

Use it on other delicious and healthy dishes: kale caremalized pecan nut and goats cheese salad, kale and beetroot smoothies.

7. Ginger

It is a good ingredient to add zing to any dish. It also serves as a great palette cleanser.

Health benefits: It is used to treat Nausea, lowers blood sugar and reduces muscle pain and soreness; it is also an anti-inflammatory agent.

Great to pair with: edamame beans, tomatoes, salmon and avocado

Use it on other delicious and healthy dishes: salmon sashimi, kale and ginger smoothies and Thai curry

8. Chickpeas

Chickpeas are known for its great health benefits and are used to make falafel, making it a great ingredient in your healthy bowl recipe.

Health benefits: It is a good source of protein, fibre and carbohydrates. It also helps fight diabetes.

Great to pair with: lettuce, tomatoes, avocado and pumpkin

Use it on other delicious and healthy dishes: falafel salad, cauliflower and barbeque chickpea flatbread, hummus

9. Cucumber

Use cucumber to add a cool and sweet bite to any recipe. Cucumber is used widely in sushi and other types of cuisine as a way of balancing out the heat from added spices, as well as adding refreshing taste and crunch to any meal.

Health benefits: It is high in nutrients, promotes hydration and is rich in antioxidants including vitamin C, beta-carotene and manganese.

Great to pair with: salmon, tuna, avocado, carrot, tomato and lettuce

Use it on other delicious and healthy dishes: salmon sashimi, halloumi sandwich and shawarma

10. Pumpkin

Another great and healthy ingredient that will help you add some heartiness to your Healthy Bowl recipe is Pumpkin.

Health benefits: It is rich in Vitamin A and antioxidant; it also boosts your immune system and has a Low calorie count.

Great to pair with: kale, lettuce, spinach, tomato and chicken

Use it on other delicious and healthy dishes: pumpkin pie, pumpkin and tomatillos with roasted almonds and pumpkin wrap

11. Onions

Used as an ingredient in cooking anywhere in the world, Onions are a tasty, healthy and clean addition to any recipe. The best thing about these flavoursome bulbs is that they are packed full of healthy goodness.

Health benefits: It reduces the risk of stroke, and is high in antioxidants and amino acids.

Great to pair with: tomatoes, lettuce, chicken, salmon and falafel

Use it on other delicious and healthy dishes: New York salmon bagel, onion soup and tikka sandwich

12. Carrot

This much loved root vegetable is often overlooked as a healthy bowl ingredient. Use Carrot to add crunch and texture to any recipe and see how amazing this root vegetable can be.

Health benefits: Carrots are high in fibre, packed full of antioxidants and are rich in Vitamins and Minerals.

Great to pair with: lettuce, cheeses, tomato, avocado and beef

Use it on other delicious and healthy dishes: brown rice noodles and edamame, katsu chicken curry and carrot smoothies.

13. Cabbage

Cabbage is another ingredient that people often forget to use when preparing their own Healthy Bowl recipe. Include it to your list of ingredients to add a full crunch and a balanced texture to your dish.

Health benefits: It is packed with Nutrients, fights inflammation, and is high in Vitamin C; it can also help improve digestion.

Great to pair with: onion, potato, tomato, chicken, beef

Use it on other delicious and healthy dishes: chicken and cabbage soup, cabbage and kale salad

14. Peas

Often used merely as a side, peas offer you the ability to change the texture of something without changing the taste too much. They can be a refreshing and light addition to your recipe.

Health benefits: Peas are full of antioxidants and nutrients, and are a great source of protein. They are also good for digestion.

Use it on other delicious and healthy dishes: potato, kale, cheese, broccoli and onion

Add it to other dishes: pea soup, potato leek and pea soup, chicken salad

15. Quinoa

Quinoa is considered a super-food, and for a good reason too. This great source of protein makes a perfect addition to any healthy recipe and is often used to replace heavier grains like rice.

Health benefits include: Quinoa is considered gluten-free and is high in protein and amino acids.

Great to pair with: chicken, salmon, beef, beetroot and pumpkin

Use it on other delicious and healthy dishes: pumpkin salad, quinoa tabbouleh salad and halloumi salad


Meaty Picks

16. Chicken

Chicken is a favourite amongst most carnivores out there and works well with a whole range of other ingredients to create delicious recipes that are both healthy and filling.

Health benefits: Chicken meat is an excellent source of protein and contains high levels of Zinc and Iron.

Great to pair with: potato, lettuce, onions and tomatoes

Use it on other delicious and healthy dishes: salad, skewers and shawarma

17. Beef

Another great meat option if you are looking to add some to your Healthy Bowl recipe is Beef. This meat can be cooked to your liking and served in a whole range of ways.

Health benefits: Beefs are packed full of protein and provides your Zinc and Iron requirements.

Great to pair with: Potato, Tomato, Onion, Cabbage and Pumpkin.

Use it on other delicious and healthy dishes: beef burgers, beef steaks and salads

18. Egg

Though eggs are not considered as meat, it still contains a number of health benefits that your favourite meat could give.

Though vegans and some vegetarians do not include eggs in their diets, egg is still a great way of adding a creamy texture and great taste to your recipe.

Health benefits: They are rich in Vitamin D and are full of nutrients like Zinc and Iron; Eggs may also reduce the risk of heart disease.

Great to pair with: cheese, onion, tomato and breads

Use it on other delicious and healthy dishes: shakshouka, egg wraps and salads


Seafood Favourites

19. Salmon

Most commonly known for its delicate yet meaty taste, Salmon is one of the healthiest fish options you can go for when creating your healthy bowl recipe.

Health benefits: Salmons are rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids, are full of B Vitamins and have high levels of Protein.

Great to pair with: cucumber, avocado, carrot, kale and potato

Use it on other delicious and healthy dishes: New York salmon bagel, salmon teriyaki and grilled salmon

20. Tuna

Tuna is the other great option if you want to make fish a part of your healthy bowl recipe. This protein-rich and hearty fish is the perfect way of making your recipe a little bit more filling.

Health benefits:  It is good for your heart; it lowers blood pressure and can improve your immune system.

Great to pair with: lettuce, carrot, tomato and onions

Use it on other delicious and healthy dishes: tuna salad, grilled tuna and the tuna mayonnaise bagel

With these ingredients, you will be able to prepare your very own healthy bowl at home. You can mix and match them according to your preferences and cravings. For some more inspirations, why not take a look at the way we made our Healthy Bowls here at Circle Café.


Healthy Bowls – the Circle Café way.

Breakfast Bowl

Start your day with this great Breakfast Bowl from Circle Café. A beautiful balance of flavours and textures, this bowl will set you up perfectly for the day. It is made using mixed quinoa, poached egg, avocado, tomato, halloumi, sautéed spinach and kale, falafel and kale pesto.

This bowl contains a healthy mix of proteins and nutrients that will carry you right through till lunch.



Super Bowl

Another great breakfast option from the Circle Café would be the Super Bowl. If you are looking for a heavy hit of all the nutrients and vitamins that your body needs in the morning, then this is the bowl for you.

The Super Bowl contains beetroot, hummus, edamame, quinoa, cucumber, kale, falafel and other healthy ingredients, served with honey and soya dressing.




Fried Chicken Bowl

If you are looking for a healthy but more filling option for lunch or dinner, then don’t worry because Circle Café has just what you need. The Fried Chicken Bowl, a simple mix of fried chicken, asianslaw, jalapenos, avocado, fries and spicy mayo, is a great way of eating healthy while giving yourself a filling and nutritious lunch or dinner in Dubai or Abu Dhabi.





Chili Con Carne Bowl

Another filling choice is the Chili Con Carne Bowl. A fragrant and enticing bowl that balances flavours well, the Chili Con Carne Bowl is made using spicy beef, sour cream, cheese, avocado, steamed rice and coriander.

This is the perfect choice for the health conscious but hungry diner.





Tuna Poke Bowl

If you are a lover of seafood, then why not go for this delicious Tuna Poke Bowl. This is one of the more authentic and original bowls as the poke was one of the first types of Bowl available.

A mixture of fresh tuna sashimi, mixed lettuce, avocado, cherry tomatoes, quinoa, coriander, basil and Asian dressing, this is a refreshing yet hearty bowl that is packed full of all the vitamins and proteins your body needs.



Salmon Sashimi Bowl

Another great choice for lovers of seafood is the Salmon Sashimi Bowl. Perfect for pretty much any time of day, this bowl is full of nutrients, healthy fats and fish oils. It is made using fresh salmon sashimi, edamame, pickled ginger, hijiki, cucumber, avocado, black and white sesame seeds and iceburg lettuce.

Many of these ingredients can be found in popular sushi dishes where they are paired for their great taste as well as nutritional benefits.



Enjoy your Healthy Bowl Anytime, Anywhere

Having a healthy bowl is one of the best ways to incorporate all the nutrients and vitamins your diet requires into one delicious meal. Now, you can create your own version of the bowls anytime with the list of ingredients above. The number of recipes you can make with these are endless!

But if you don’t have the time to make your healthy bowl, why not head out to Circle Café to enjoy your favourite dish for dinner in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, or just order food online — we’ll deliver straight to your offices and homes.