Say hello to this…
Smoothie Bowl of Goodness ♥
There’s just something about eating from a bowl. I don’t know if it’s the perfect symmetry, the scooping out effect, or that it just makes everything look so beautiful. Either way, I’d much rather spoon out my smoothie than drink it down on days that I have time. Lazy weekend mornings call for this perfect mango banana smoothie bowl with superfood toppings. Let your body reset, refuel, and soak in alllllll the goodness from this healthy smoothie bowl. Only thing missing now is a one-way ticket to Hawaii….
Another benefit to “eating” your smoothie and topping it with toppings? Better digestion.
-When you chew, your brain signals the release of certain hormones that help with the breakdown of these foods, help with blood sugar control, and also help with signaling your brain to tell you when you are satisfied and have eaten enough. It can be much easier to end up slurping down a hugeee over portioned smoothie than it is to sit down and eat it. You may not need as much as you think when you chew rather than drink!
Stir it up like I do to make this messy yet beautiful creation! ^^
….aaaaand a little drizzle of pure date syrup on top? I think so.
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 cup frozen mango
- 2 TBSP water or nut milk of choice
- 1 TBSP ground flax
- 1 TBSP chia seeds
- small handful fresh raspberries
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 TBSP raw almonds
- date syrup (optional)
- Mix first three ingredients together in a food processor and blend until smooth.
- Pour mixture into bowl and top with toppings.
The mixture is thick and creamy, and super sweet. Mango + banana makes for the best combo!
What’s so healthy about this combination?
-Good source of Fiber, zero Fat/Cholesterol, very good source of Vitamin A and C, and a good source of Vitamin B6. Mango is high in sugar, but it’s natural sugar.
-Very good source of Fiber, Potassium, Manganese, and Vitamin C. Good source of Vitamin B6. Zero Fat/Cholesterol. The perfect natural “electrolyte” for runners or athletes.
♥ chia seeds
-Great source of polyunsaturated fatty acids, which research has shown chia seeds may help with reducing triglycerides and LDL cholesterol, while raising your “good” cholesterol, HDL (reduces your risk of cardiovascular disease!). Chia seeds are known for containing plant-based Omega-3s, Fiber, and a little bit of plant-based Protein. These powerful seeds also contain Calcium and Phosphorous.
♥ flax seeds
-Similar to chia seeds, flax seeds are PUFAS as well (poly-unsaturated fatty acids), which promote great heart health. Flax adds a great source of fiber to your diet, helping to regulate your GI system.
-Almonds are my absolute favorite nut. Popular for their health benefits of reducing risk for chronic disease and weight management, due to its combination of fiber, and hunger-squashing protein and healthy fats. Also a good source of Vitamin E, which can help give you healthy skin, nails, and hair.
-Raspberries are found in season in July and August, so they are best enjoyed then when they are fresh and local! Raspberries once again contain fiber, and they also contain powerful antioxidants (helping to reduce your risk of developing cancer!), they’re lower in sugar than most all other fruits, and contain Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Manganese, and Magnesium. Their low GI index means they are great for diabetics or those who are wanting to limit their sugar intake.