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The Greenest Smoothie Bowl Around



I’ve been drinking green smoothies for years and was delighted when I discovered that you can make creamy smoothies and eat them out of a bowl which in my opinion, makes them 100 times better because you can make it even more of a complete meal by adding amazing toppings. This smoothie bowl is absolutely delicious and takes just 10 minutes to make.

This Green bowl is Great for:

  • Reducing cholesterol

  • Weight loss

  • Is full of vitamins and minerals

  • Can help regulate bowel movement.

My favourite kind of smoothie bowl is always one that is full of greens. It just makes me feel so vibrant and full of energy when I include one into my day. I love that a green smoothie/smoothie bowl is one of the best post workout treats. This smoothie bowl is filled with goodness and will keep your body feeling fueled for a good amount of time. Its super quick to make and obviously tastes delicious and nutritious!

This bowl is packed full of amazing ingredients such as Avocado, Spinach, Spirulina, Banana, Dates and Superfoods such as Spirulina and Raw Cocoa Nibs.

Benefits of Avocado:

  • Avocado is unbelievably nutritious and loaded with Vitamin K, Folate Acid, Vitamin C, Potassium (more than bananas), Vitamin B1, B2, B5, B6 and Vitamin A.

  • Avocados also contain magnesium, copper, iron and zinc.

  • Avocados do not have any cholesterol or sodium and are low in saturated fats.

  • Avocados are loaded in monounsaturated fatty acids which are great for heart health.

  • Loaded with fiber which contributes to weight loss, reduces blood sugar spikes and is also strongly linked to a lower risk of many diseases.

  • Avocados can lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

  • The fats in avocado can help our bodies absorb nutrients from plant based foods.

  • Avocados are loaded with Antioxidants Especially Lutein and Zeaxanthin which are very important for eye health.

Benefits of Spinach:

  • Spinach is low in fat and cholesterol.

  • Spinach is packed full of nutrients and minerals such as niacin and zinc, as well as protein, fiber, vitamins A, C, E and K, vitamin B6, folate, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper, and manganese.

  • Spinach also has antioxidants that keeps cholesterol from oxidising and protect your body from free radicals.

Benefits of Spirulina:

  • Spirulina is a protein-rich green alga that is very good for cleansing and detoxifying.

  • Detoxes heavy metals.

  • Helps prevents cancer by increasing the production of anti bodies.

  • Lowers blood pressure.

  • Reduces cholesterol.

  • Boots energy.

  • Speeds up weight loss and fat storage. It can also help with curving appetite.

  • Alleviates sinus issues.

Benefits of banana:

  • Per 100 grams of banana it contains 0.3g total fat, zero cholesterol, 1g salt, about 360mg potassium, 2.6g dietary fibre, 12g sugar and 1.1g protein.

  • Loaded with essential vitamins and minerals.

  • Bananas have a high fibre content of both soluble and insoluble fibre. The benefits of soluble fibre has the tendency to slow down digestion and keep you feeling full for a longer time.

  • Due to the bananas high fibre content they are great for heart health.

  • Good source of potassium which also helps with blood pressure.

  • Fights anemia because of the high iron content.

Benefits of dates:

  • Dates are great for digestive health due to the fibre (both soluble and insoluble fibre which reduce risks of colitis, colon cancer, and haemorrhoids).

  • Boost heart health.

  • Anti inflammatory due to the magnesium content found in dates.

  • Reduces blood pressure because of the magnesium.

  • Reduces stroke risk.

  • Helps with a healthy pregnancy and delivery.

  • Boost brain health.

Benefits of Raw cocoa nibs:

  • Raw cocoa nibs are one of the highest anti-oxidants.

  • They are extremely rich in magnesium and mood enhancing bran chemicals including serotonin and dopamine.

  • Maintain muscle and nerve function as cocoa beans are rich in magnesium.

  • Helps with weight loss due to the high fibre content that makes our body feel fuller for longer.

  • Prevents anemia due to the high iron content.

  • Treatment of upset stomach as Cocoa beans have been used as a treatment of diarrhoea due to polyphenols found in cocoa which inhibit certain intestinal secretions.

Benefits of hemp seeds:

  • Hemp seeds have more digestible protein then meat, eggs and milk.

  • Hemp seeds are full of essential fats such as omega 3 and 6, Gamma Linolenic Acid, Antioxidants, Amino acids, Fibre, Iron, Zinc, Carotene, Phospholipids, Phytosterols.

  • Hemp seeds have Vitamin B1, B2, B6 and vitamin D, E, Calcium, Magnesium, Sulfur, Copper, Potassium.

Time: 5 Minutes

Serves: 1

Ingredients:

  • 1 small avocado

  • 1 handful of spinach

  • ½ teaspoon of Spirulina

  • 1 banana (frozen works best)

  • 100-150ml of water

  • 1 to 2 pitted dates

  • 3-4 ice cubes

Toppings:

There’s so much you can add to top off this bowl of goodness, my favourites are:

Raw Cacao Nibs

Desiccated coconut

Munch mix (Raw sunflower seeds, Raisins, Peanuts and Almonds)

Hemp Seeds

Granola

Fruit

Directions:

  1. Add all your smoothie ingredients into the blender and blend until creamy. Add more water or use almond milk if you like it a bit more runny.

  2. Taste and see if the sweetness is to your liking, you may add some more dates if you like its sweet.

  3. Pour all that goodness into a bowl

  4. Add your favourite toppings and enjoy.




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