We’re convinced that eating a smoothie with a spoon is way more fun than sipping one through a straw. And perhaps healthier, too: Smoothie bowls contain more frozen fruit and less liquid to create a thick, ice-cream-like texture, which makes them more filling and the perfect palette for toppings galore. They also encourage you to slow down and practice more mindful eating, because they can’t be gulped down on the go.
Whether you’re looking to reset after one too many indulgent summer barbecues, refuel post-workout or beat belly bloat, these all-natural, refreshing smoothie bowl recipes will help you optimize your health with superfood ingredients and nutritious toppings.
This vibrant Berry-Beet Bowl is full of tummy-taming ingredients to minimize bloat and optimize digestion. Kombucha, a fermented tea, delivers a powerful dose of gut-balancing probiotics, acids and enzymes to keep your digestion in check (and prevent potentially harmful bacterial species from proliferating). Curcumin—the active ingredient in turmeric—soothes and tames inflammation by coating the intestinal lining, in addition to down-regulating pro-inflammatory compounds in the body. Antioxidant-rich cranberries contain phenolics that may reduce gastrointestinal discomfort through antibacterial activity in the gut, as well as help the body eliminate toxins and excess water.
Who doesn't want youthful, radiant skin? That's what we thought! This smoothie bowl's beautifying properties come from more than just antioxidant-rich berries—flavorless, hydrolyzed collagen powder is high in amino acids that promote skin elasticity and repair. As we age, our bodies slowly decrease collagen production; consuming a collagen peptide supplement can reverse this process. Avocado—the secret ingredient responsible for the creamy texture of this bowl keeps skin dewy and soft, thanks to loads of polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fatty acids. Avocado’s high lutein content may protect skin from harmful UV radiation and inflammatory stress. Lemon provides abundant vitamin C and neutralizes free radicals that can damage skin cells.
When you need to refuel after a sweat-inducing workout, this Cherry Vanilla Bowl can speed muscle recovery and encourage muscle growth. Slow-digesting whole-grain oats are a great source of soluble fiber to keep you satisfied longer. The glucose in oats replenishes muscle glycogen stores and stimulates the release of insulin, an anabolic hormone essential for muscle growth. Whey protein isolate powder is a superior protein choice because it promotes skeletal muscle gains, prevents atrophy and is easily digested. Tart cherry juice is high in anthocyanins, which have been shown to reduce the oxidative stress associated with exercise.
This bowl is full of energizing ingredients to supercharge your day. Raw cacao powder boosts mood and energy via phenylethylamine (a mild stimulant) and small amounts of caffeine. Maca root powder, which has a natural butterscotch and caramel flavor, is commonly called Peruvian ginseng because it may increase athletic stamina and improve memory. It has been shown to enhance libido in animal studies, although research has not yet supported the same effect in adults. Bee pollen helps you better use nutrients, thanks to heaps of B vitamins and enzymes that convert food into energy. It’s also a complete protein (it contains all the essential amino acids), making it a great addition for vegetarians. (Note: Steer clear of bee pollen if you're allergic to bee stings.)
Being sick in summer is about as fitting as snow in July. This bowl boosts your immunity with ingredients like Brazil nuts, one of the richest dietary sources of selenium, a mineral that regulates immune responses. All oranges contain vitamin C, but the navel orange variety is the highest of them all. Vitamin C may reduce the duration of the common cold. More than 80 percent of our immune system resides in the gut, and grass-fed Greek yogurt with healthful bacterial strains balances the trillions of microbes that populate your intestines.
Wheatgrass powder is a concentrated source of vitamins and minerals and also contains dietary chlorophyll, which may help the body detox from heavy metals by binding to them for excretion. It is high in magnesium, a mineral known to reduce water retention. Kale, like all cruciferous vegetables, is especially high in glucosinolates, which support detoxification of potentially cancer-causing substances. Leafy greens are also high in fiber and promote the body’s natural elimination process. Parsley is an herb used to reduce indigestion. It also helps the body remove toxins by supporting elimination and urination.
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