After a weekend of a little too much raw chocolate and wine, I am starting the week off with a tasty, green, alkalising smoothie bowl.
Smoothie bowls are my favourite breakfasts; chocolate, banana caramel, mixed berry, acai or green. Not only do they taste damn delicious, they rehydrate the body, are packed full of vitamins and minerals and seem to fuel my workouts like no other breakfast.
This green smoothie bowl may not possess the prettiest hue but I promise you it tastes good and does good.
Greens powders are brilliant for anyone who struggles to eat their 5 a day. Moreover, they contain antioxidants (from green chlorophyll and phyto-chemicals) that reduce oxidative stress on the body, particularly in the brain. Additionally, chlorophyll cleans your blood, ensuring it is full of healthy red blood cells that provide organs and cells with oxygen and remove waste products.
Greens powders and greens in general are alkaline on the PH scale, helping to reduce acidity in the body. When your body is too acidic it is more susceptible to inflammation and disease.
The Brazilian acai berry is said to have heart healing properties due in part to its high antioxidant levels. The purple fruits potent antioxidants also help prevent age related diseases such as macular (eye) degeneration and Alzheimer’s.
Milk thistle is a brilliant liver cleanser due to the presence of the antioxidants silymarin and silybin, making it ideal if you’ve had a little too much to drink.
Coconut water is full of immune boosting micronutrients, including 5 electrolytes: calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium (far more than in a banana or any sport drink) and sodium. The super hydrating electrolyte composition makes coconut water ideal for hot sunny days, sweaty workouts or illness such as diarrhoea/vomiting due.
For the Smoothie
½ – ¾ cup Coconut water
1 large frozen banana (sliced for easier blending)
1/2 tbsp greens powder
Handful of Spinach/1/4 courgette (optional)
Options: 1 tsp acai/1 tsp maca/1 tsp fruit powder
For the Toppings
2 tbsp gluten free oats
2 tbsp mixed seeds/nuts (I used flax, chia, sunflower & pumpkin)
1 tsp milk thistle
Sprinkling of dessicated coconut
Any fruit you like
Add all the smoothie ingredients to blender and blitz until smooth. If you like a thicker smoothie add less water/more frozen fruit and vice versa.
Transfer your smoothie to a bowl and decorate with your choice of toppings.
I like to mix the oats and seeds and milk thistle in a little bowl with a pinch of cinnamon (to help balance my blood sugar levels), sprinkle them onto the smoothie and then chop up some fruit and sprinkle on the dessicated coconut.
An easy peasy breakfast packed full of vitamins and minerals. Before you know it you’ll be one smoothie operator 😏
See you spoon x