Green Smoothie Bowl

Healthy Living, Recipes

Here’s a breakfast bursting with color, flavor and nutrition. Try this Green Smoothie Bowl for a healthy start to your day or an energizing snack.

Smoothie bowls are trending right now as an alternate way to eat a smoothie: rather than pouring into a glass and drinking your smoothie, a bowl is arranged thoughtfully with care given to presentation of toppings and is eaten with a spoon. These smoothie bowls rose to prominence with the increased use of social media to share pictures of creative, healthy meals that could be viewed in an artistic way. Preparing a smoothie bowl also requires more mindfulness as you assemble it. Studies have shown mindfulness to be of benefit in reducing binge eating and overeating, reduced anxious thoughts about food and your body, weight loss and reductions in Body Mass Index (BMI), and improved symptoms of Type 2 diabetes.

For this bowl, know that you can make your own flax meal by grinding your flaxseeds. Flax should always be ground when you eat it to allow for proper digestion of the nutrients flaxseeds contain, including manganese, thiamin and magnesium, along with the omega-3 fatty acids known for their anti-inflammatory properties. Store your flaxseeds or flax meal in the fridge or freezer to preserve their nutrition. Want to up the protein in this smoothie? Add a scoop of your favorite protein powder. Making it vegan? Remove the honey and utilize the bananas instead of the yogurt.

Theresa Jackson RD, CSOWM, CDN

Clinical Nutrition Manager, Kenmore Mercy Hospital

Ingredients

  • 1/4 ripe avocado
  • 1 cup frozen cubed mango
  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 Tbsp flaxseed meal
  • 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt or 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup assorted berries, such as strawberries, blueberries and blackberries
  • 1 Tbsp roasted unsalted sunflower seeds
  • 2 Tbsp sliced raw almonds
  • 1 Tbsp shredded unsweetened coconut

Preparation

In a blender, combine avocado, mango, spinach, almond milk, honey flaxseed meal and yogurt. Blend until smooth.

Divide between 2 bowls and garnish with berries, sunflower seeds, almonds and coconut.

Yield: 2 servings

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 cup

Calories: 200

Sodium: 68mg

Fat: 12g

Carbohydrates: 30g

Saturated Fat: 0g

Fiber: 8g

Cholesterol: 0mg

Protein: 8g

* Nutritional information is based on ingredients listed and serving size; any additions or substitutions to ingredients may alter the recipe’s nutritional content

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