Spring Detoxifying Macrobiotic Bowl

If you are making a conscious effort to live or eat healthy then there is a good chance that you crossed paths with macrobiotics.  While most of us only hear about macrobiotics when addressing diet, the macrobiotic approach is a way of life incorporating food choices and social interactions and how they weave into our climate and environment.  Macrobiotics is about seasonal and regional eating and since that is what we live in the Spring Vegan kitchen it was only natural to add a macro inspired meal to the menu.

I’ve had “macro bowls” at some local restaurants and found it quite easy to replicate them at home.  They are simple once you have the right ingredients on hand and are a light yet filling meal for your spring detox. Once you understand the basics, you can get creative with your macro bowls utilizing the abundance of spring vegetables available to you.  I have actually become quite addicted to macrobiotic bowls!

The Basics:

Whole Grains: These should make up approximately 30-60% of your meal by weight.  Some good choices for your macro bowl are quinoia, brown rice and millet.

Vegetables: Vegetables should make up 20-30% of your meal by weight.  Good choices for your bowl include seasonal greens (arugula, kale, beet greens, cabbage, radish greens, etc) which make up the base of your bowl.  You will also use carrots, sprouts and any other vegetables you want to garnish your bowl.

Beans: These should make up 10% of your bowl and can include cooked or sprouted beans.  This category also includes fermented beans products such as natto, tempeh, and tofu.  Bean choices include sprouted or cooked chickpeas and lentils, sprouted mung beans, and adzuki beans.

Sea Vegetables: A little goes a long way with sea vegetables.  Your choices include sea palm, nori, wakame, kombu, hiziki, arame, dulse, and agar-agar.

Condiments: This includes fermented vegetables and your dressing for your bowl.

Bowl Assembly (from bottom to top):

Bottom Layer: Greens

To optimize the detoxification of your macro bowl use raw or lightly steamed greens.  The bitter spring greens have more liver detoxifying qualities.  If you are not a fan of the bitter taste, add them with other greens.

Layer 2: Grain

Quinoa has been my go to grain for this layer because it is alkaline and a good source of protein which the liver uses to detox.  Brown rice and millet are also good alternatives.  For a Latin inspired bowl I have made baked tortilla chips from scratch.

Layer 3: Condiment

My favorite for this layer is a garlic tahini sauce blended with fresh herbs (cilantro, parsley, basil).  Just put some tahini, water, lemon juice, garlic, and herbs in a food processor or blender and season with sea salt.

Layer 4: Top layer – Garnishes

My top layer is where I get creative with color.  This layer includes:
- fermented veggies such as kim chee which are a good digestive support and also alkaline for the body. Be sure to find vegan kim chee with no sugar or make your own fermented vegetables.
- sprouts such as sunflower sprouts which are a good lung detoxifier.
- avocado, yes yummy avocado, which actually is an excellent source of glutathione an essential antioxidant for detox
- sea vegetables
- beans
- nuts/seeds (small amount)

Now you are ready to make your own macro bowl! What will you use to build your bowl? What are your favorite combinations?

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  • Richgail 8 years ago

    Wow that dish looks so colorful and vibrant. I never understood the concept of macrobiotic. Thanks for clearing it up!

    • Cheyenne 8 years ago

      Thanks Richgail! I am truly in love with these bowls and enjoy them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

  • Maritza 6 years ago

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