Açaí Smoothie Bowl
I pretty much have smoothies everyday for a quick meal and love to change them up every now and again depending on how I’m feeling and what’s in season. I love eating my smoothies with a spoon and make them thick, icy and creamy. I throw in lots of goodness such as fresh berries, leafy greens and protein that helps nourish my body and make me feel great.
What’s good about it:
Berries contain antioxidants called polyphenols, which are anti-inflammatory to the body and can promote optimum health + vitality. Chia helps to pump up the omega 3 fatty acid profile. Benefits of omega 3 include helping to lower cholesterol levels, reduce high blood pressure, improving symptoms of arthritis and improved mental health.
Bananas are a great source of potassium that helps to regulate muscle contraction and fluid balance. Leafy greens and superfoods are anti-inflammatory and help support immune function. Protein is considered by many to be the most important macronutrient for humans because of the numerous roles protein plays in the body. Whenever the body is growing, repairing or replacing tissue, proteins are involved. The main function of protein is to build and repair, as well as sustain muscle.
To make the bowl you need
2 cups (250 g) frozen blueberries
1 banana (frozen ) will give a thicker consistency. Strawberries are also great…use 1 cup.
handful baby spinach leaves (optional)
1 tablespoon healthy chef superfood or your choice of cold pressed superfood /acai powder.
1 tablespoon goji berries
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 serve healthy chef organic pea protein or Pure native WPI
1 cup nut or seed milk, water or pure coconut water – depending on the consistency and taste you want
2 handfuls fresh blueberries and strawberries for the top – Use other fresh fruits if you prefer.
1 banana, sliced
Sprinkle of seeds and nuts
Combine the frozen blueberries, banana, spinach, superfood, protein, goji berries, chia and nut milk into a high performance blender like a Vitamix.
Blend until smooth and creamy – adding a little more milk depending on the consistency you like.
Pour or spoon into 2 bowls.
Garnish the tops with fresh berries, banana, nuts and seeds. This yum smoothie bowl is also delicious with my granola.
Add pineapple in place of banana. It’s rich in bromelain that aids digestion and has anti-inflammatory properties.
Use pumpkin seed milk in place of nut milk – it’s high in zinc for optimum immune function.
Add a probiotic supplement that can will help support gastrointestinal health.
Add more protein to pump it up if you need it.
Nutritional info per serve:
Protein: 20 g
Total fat: 7.4 g
Saturated: 0.5 g
Carbs: 30 g
Fibre: 7.5 g