When I want a quick, healthy, boost to my morning, I make this smoothie bowl. Full of energizing berries, bananas, flax, and hemp seeds, Very Berry Smoothie Bowl is ready in literally 5 minutes. It is especially lovely in the Summer because it is cold and refreshing.
I try and incorporate berries and seeds into my daily food intake, because of their high nutrient-density. The berries are full of antioxidants, polyphenols, fiber, and vitamins and minerals to replenish the body, especially after a workout. Seeds such as: flax and chia are amazing for their unique characteristics of containing omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and protein. They both promote healthy blood pressure and blood sugars as well as protection from some cancers. Hemp seeds have less fiber but contain more protein. Basically, they all have benefits so why not rotate them through your diet? One important point is to grind your flax or chia seeds fresh to absorb their nutrition. Another option is to grind a small amount at a time and store in an airtight container in the fridge.
I also included cacao nibs, also known as food of the gods, for a dash of chocolate flavor that goes well with the berries. They are also very nutritious and contain high amounts of magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, copper, and manganese. They also add a nice crunch to contrast with the smoothie.
Very Berry Smoothie Bowl
- 1 C. Berries, frozen I used strawberries, cherries, blueberries, pomegranate
- 1 C. Soy milk use any plant-based milk you like
- 1 T. Flax seeds or Chia seeds
- 2-3 Strawberries, sliced
- ⅓ C. Raspberries
- 1 Banana, sliced
- 1 T. Cacao nibs
- 2 T. Hemp seeds
- 2 T. Coconut, shredded
- 1 dash Ceylon cinnamon
- Blend berries and flax seeds with soy milk until smooth.
- Pour into a bowl and top with strawberries, raspberries, banana, cacao nibs, hemp seeds, coconut, and cinnamon.
Smoothie Bowls are great because they are so customizable. Use whatever fruit you have and mix up your toppings. Use granola, cereal, dried or chopped fresh fruit, nuts, seeds, and fresh or dried spices.
What are your favorite breakfasts after exercising?
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