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MY PROBIOTIC BREAKFAST BOWL

Probiotic breakfast bowl

This smoothie bowl is low FODMAP and loaded with superfood goodness to energise your body. It will l also do wonders for your health, such as improving sleep, reducing stress and assisting with better gut function. This smoothie bowl is based around my SuperCharged Smoothie in my book Purely Delicious and it’s a pre + probiotic powerhouse of nutrients that will keep your good gut bacteria smiling!

What’s great about it

Pineapples are jam-packed with B-group vitamins including thiamine (B1) and B6, which are vital for energy metabolism and nerve function. Pineapples contain the enzyme bromelain, renowned for aiding protein digestion. Leafy greens such as spinach and Healthy Chef Green Smoothie help to nourish and heal the lining of the digestive tract.  Combined with natural yoghurt (a good source of probiotics and protein) they work together to promote peristalsis in the gut. Bananas are high in potassium, which is an essential for blood pressure regulation and cardiovascular health. Bananas are also a rich source of fructooligosaccharides, a prebiotic that feeds friendly bacteria in the digestive system

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ingredients (Serves 2)

2 handfuls baby spinach leaves
1 serve of Healthy Chef Green Smoothie
2 generous cups fresh pineapple (about 250g), chopped
a handful macadamia nuts
1 frozen banana, chopped
2 cups water
1 cup ice
2 spoonfuls of natural yoghurt to serve (your choice)

 

method

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a high-speed blender such as Vitamix.
  2. Blend until smooth and creamy.
  3. Pour into 2 bowls or glasses and enjoy.
  4. Garnish with fruits such as kiwi, blueberry, banana, orange etc and enjoy.
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  • Bananas are recommended for easing both constipation and diarrhoea. In one study involving female participants, eating two bananas each day for two months led to significant increases in Bifidobacteria (good bacteria). Along with these increased levels of Bifidobacteria, participants also experienced fewer gastrointestinal problems and more regular bowel function.
  • Kiwi fruit contains an enzyme called actinidin which helps aid digestion and the absorption of nutrients. Kiwi fruit also works as a prebiotic for your gut. Prebiotics are high-fibre foods that stimulate the favourable growth of probiotic bacteria in the gut and help rebuild the natural levels of good bacteria that your body needs.
  • Macadamia nuts are low FODMAP and one of the only food sources that contain palmitoleic acid (a type of monounsaturated fatty acid that may speed up fat metabolism, thus reducing the body’s ability to store fat).
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