Hidden Veggie Green Smoothie Bowl
Jump into Spring with this simple and delicious green smoothie bowl!
Smoothies are a great way to eat a ton of nutrients in a simple, quick and easy meal that you can take with you on-the-go.
Green smoothies are a great way to sneak in a ton of vegetables and phytonutrients without having to eat a bowl of kale. You can play around with which greens to use and even add in some superfood powders to make them even more nutritious.
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This Hidden Veggie Green Smoothie Bowl recipe is simple, delicious, filling, and packed with healthy fats, resistant starch, and a lots of vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients.
Keep reading for the nutrition breakdown and my favorite simple green smoothie bowl recipe.
Spinach is an excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin A, manganese and folate, among several other key vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients.
This dark leafy green vegetables is especially high in carotenoids, a phytonutrient with potent antioxidant activity (1).
Carotenoids are well known for their powerful ability to decrease oxidative stress and inflammation associated with chronic disease, cancer, and eye disorders (2, 3). They are also great for healthy skin.
Recommended Reading: The Best Foods for Healthy + Glowing Skin
Maca is a root vegetable that is commonly sold as a powder and considered an adaptogen. It is known for its host of medicinal properties, including it’s ability to boost stamina, energy, athletic performance, and memory, and balance hormones.
Maca has the unique ability to give you a big boost in energy without the jitters you might get from caffeine.
Studies have found that maca’s hormone-balancing properties can help alleviate unpleasant symptoms (like hot flashes, infertility, acne, and low sex drive) associated with menopause, sexual dysfunction, and PCOS (4, 5, 6, 7).
Some studies have also found that maca reduces depression and blood pressure (8)
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Bananas are one of the most versatile fruits that can be incorporated in a ton of different recipes from smoothies to ice cream.
Bananas are one of the best sources of potassium, a mineral and electrolyte that promotes circulatory health, prevents and lowers high blood pressure, and helps your muscles work and recover from exercise (8, 9, 10).
The high manganese content in bananas may also help prevent Parkinson’s disease and osteoporosis (11, 12, 13). Manganese also functions as an antioxidant giving it anti-inflammatory properties, fighting against oxidative stress and free radical damage.
HIDDEN VEGGIE GREEN SMOOTHIE BOWL
(GF & Vegan)
Recipe: Gabriella Gavalas
Makes: 1 serving
2 cups organic spinach
1 cup frozen banana
½ an avocado
1/4 - 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk (or another nut/plant milk)
1/4 cup gluten-free rolled oats
1 tsp organic maca powder
1 tsp greens powder
1 - 2 scoops of collagen or plant-based protein powder
Handful of ice cubes (add as needed to thicken up your smoothie)
Organic nut butter
Unsweetened shredded coconut or coconut flakes
Raw hemp seeds, chia seeds, or flax seeds
Berries or a fruit of your choice
In a high speed blender, add in all the ingredients, except for the ice. I recommend slowly adding in the nut/plant milk because you are going to want it to be thicker than a smoothie.
Blend on high until smooth, and if needed, add in more ice or liquid for your desired consistency.
Continue to blend until all ingredients are throughly combined, and pour into a bowl and top with the recommended toppings, and enjoy!
If you want to drink as a smoothie, simply add in more liquid and lessen the amount of ice.
You can sub out the nut/plant milk for water if desired.
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