Sometimes you just need some green in your life.
Like when Dr. P and I stayed in Midtown Manhattan with Lady for a week. I was just dying for some greenery by the end of the trip! Both because I was craving fresh air, and also so Lady could stop pooping on the sidewalk in front of fancy places.
Green also sounds lovely after a long weekend of visiting wineries, because green foods help rev up liver detoxification.
Green also seems like a fabulous idea when your 6 month old baby hasn’t been sleeping very well (ipso facto, then neither have you).
Enter: The best green smoothie bowl I’ve ever made.
Here are the ingredients:
- Baby spinach/kale mix
- Half an avocado
- Frozen mango
- Your chosen veggie milk (soy, almond, rice, hemp, pea)
- Powdered matcha
- Maple syrup
- Lime juice
- Optional: half a banana for added creaminess (also adds additional carbs though)
- Toppings: Really anything! I used pistachios, hemp seeds, organic coconut flakes
I wasn’t always a fan of smoothie bowls- why would you want to dirty another bowl!? But then I realized something that I already knew was relevant here.
Smoothie bowls allow us to add toppings and eat with a spoon. Why does this matter?
Because when we chew food, it positively affects gut hormones related to satiety. In other words, adding the toppings may help us feel fuller, longer as compared to simply drinking a smoothie.
Also, if we put it in a bowl, we may eat more slowly. People who eat slower, feel more satisfied with less.
Isn’t it pretty? I’m obsessed with it. I felt so good the rest of the day.
Here’s the scoop on matcha. It’s is something I only recently tried. I knew what it was, but hadn’t made the leap to actually using it until Baby Bee and I hit up the store last week and grabbed a bag.
It has a long list of health benefits due to its high antioxidant levels. It’s purported to help with liver protection and detoxification, protect our cells from cancer differentiation, promote brain health, and help us control a bulging waistline.
Not too shabby for just a little powder! It is a bit pricey, though, so if you prefer to grab a few green tea bags, they also offer similar health benefits albeit less potent.
The other ingredients are functional foods as well- ie they have unique health benefits.
Lime provides good levels of vitamin B6, potassium, folic acid, flavonoids, and limonene, which is an important antioxidant with anticancer capacity.
Mango is also loaded with vitamin C and also vitamin A, vitamin E, copper, and plenty of B vitamins for energy metabolism.
Research has determined mango not only has anticancer components, but it also has hypoglycemic capacity (can lower blood sugar), and inactivates an enzyme that contributes to aging.
A smoothie that might also help lower our blood sugar? A beautiful fruit, indeed.
Avocado is full of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats that increase satiety, the nut milk, hemp seeds, and pistachios adds protein (especially if you use soy milk), and the greens provide calcium, chlorophyll, and carotenes.
Nutrition on top of nutrition with nutrition sprinkled in.
Your body will hug you.
Here are some other yummy beverage recipes to check out!
Enjoy the day!