Powerhouse Summer Smoothie Bowl originally appeared on The Ingredient Guru.
Smoothies are a familiar way to get fruit into your diet. But you can take it one step further by adding veggies and healthy fat. This means you’re not simply getting a dessert disguised as a healthy snack, you’re actually getting several nutrient dense servings of fruit and vegetables.
If you’re familiar with the idea of smoothie bowls, then you know that there are a wide variety of bowl types as well as a never-ending list of ingredients to choose from. Smoothie bowls are a great way for you to get a lot of nutrients in an easy to digest dish. So where do you start?
This article provides a smoothie recipe that you are really going to love. The Powerhouse Summer Smoothie Bowl delivers great nutrition that’s easy to prepare and simply delicious.
Why You Should Try It
The reduced sugar in this smoothie is a definite plus. It’s more than just a fruit and fruit juice sugar bomb. With the addition of leafy green veggies plus avocado for a healthy fat, you’re getting a more nutrient-dense smoothie. And the toppings are booster foods that add a delicious and nutritious extra.
Dark leafy greens are always a good choice. Rich in antioxidants and important nutrients they tend to be high in vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, iron and more. Due to their bitter nature, they’re also great for heart health and can help stimulate the liver.
The bromelain in pineapple aids the digestive function. A fabulous source of vitamin C and manganese, pineapple is also anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant-rich food.
Avocados are a good source of pantothenic acid and fiber, but they also deliver a nutrient dense punch with vitamin K, copper, and folate. Studies have shown them to be supportive of cardiovascular health as well as helping to balance blood sugar.
Known for their phytonutrient dense qualities, blueberries are high in vitamin K, manganese and are a great source of anthocyanins. Research indicates that they are helpful for blood pressure regulation, memory support, and have anti-carcinogenic properties.
Using green tea instead of juice not only cuts down on the sugar, but it also bumps the antioxidant qualities of this smoothie. Rich in the amino acid theanine and EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate), green tea has been shown to be supportive for brain health, boosting the metabolism, protective of brain function, and it’s anti-carcinogenic.
And last but not least are the toppings. The seeds are wonderful sources of protein and omega-3 fatty acids. The cacao is high in both fiber and iron as well as providing antioxidants and magnesium.
So all in all this smoothie is a great choice for real food nutrition. Either as a bowl or a traditional smoothie, it definitely delivers a nutrient-dense punch.
Powerhouse Summer Smoothie Bowl
- 1 cup organic baby kale or spinach
- 1 cup frozen organic blueberries
- 3/4 cup green tea
- 1/2 cup pineapple
- 1/2 Avocado
- 1 scoop collagen protein powder
- Start by blending the blueberries, green tea and leafy greens
- Add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth
- If a thinner consistency is desired (for a smoothie rather than a bowl) add a little more tea
- If a thicker consistency is desired then freeze the pineapple before adding to the blender
- Pour/scrape into a cup or bowl
- Use toppings of choice and garnish the smoothie as desired
¼ cup granola
2 Tbsp. pumpkin seeds or mixed sprouted seeds
1 Tbsp. flax seeds
2 Tbsp. cacao nibs
1-2 Tbsp. blueberries
1 Tbsp. goji berries
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