The Bodhi Does Healthy Better

The Place: The Bodhi
Location: 521 S. College Avenue, #112, Tempe
The Dishes: Gaucho Bowl, Acai Bowl, Guayaki Yerba Mate Tea in Revel Berry
By: Felicia Bailey

Healthy food establishments are not a new concept, however The Bodhi, located on Arizona State University’s Tempe campus, is changing the game. The Bodhi offers nutritional options like salads, sweet treats, and delicious juices. But their biggest draw is an assortment of healthy, hearty bowls; both signature and create-your-own options ($7.95-$9.95). This light and airy eatery, just steps away from ‘A’ Mountain, offers a casual, modern environment for people to study, visit, and of course, enjoy nutritional meals morning, noon, and night.

We started with the signature Gaucho bowl ($9.45). This colorful, protein-packed bowl included steak, onions, black beans and avocado over a bed of brown rice. It was topped with chimichurri, and we chose to add mushrooms. The bowl made for a satisfying meal that wasn’t overly heavy—-perfect for the light lunch we were looking for. The Acai bowl looked too good to pass up so we had it as a dessert, although it would make for a great mid-day snack or light breakfast option as well ($5.95). The sweet treat’s base layer of mixed berries and acai was topped with granola, shredded coconut and honey. It was the perfect combination of sweet, from the smooth fruit blend, and savory, from the crunchy granola.

Chilled cans of Guayaki Yerba Mate tea in Revel Berry complimented our bowls, being sweet and refreshing but not too sugary ($2.95). If you’re craving a quick, nutrient-packed snack, The Bodhi offers four delicious, bottled fruit and vegetable juice blends: Beets by Bodhi, Liquid Defense, Hangover Fix, and Go Green, each for $3.95.

Here’s where the Bodhi changes the game: because they know that life can be hectic, and not everyone has time to purchase and prepare meals that are as healthy as they’d like, The Bodhi offers meal plans that can be picked up or delivered. Their plans range from one day ($30) to twenty ($570), and instead of just choosing a few set meals, categories are offered—each focusing on a different nutritional goal or need—and the meals are built around that. The categories include Heart, Brain, Muscle, Low Calorie, and Hair-Nails-Skin. Who does that? It’s a brilliant concept! Be sure to visit their website for more information:

There’s no time like the present to work toward a healthier, happier you, and with The Bodhi in your corner, that journey is made a little bit easier. As Hippocrates’ famous quote states (which is written in bold letters above their menu board), “Let food be thy medicine.”

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