BERRY SMOOTHIE BOWL
A mindful alice staple!
Isn't it true that you eat with your eyes? When something looks amazing it tastes so much better! Smoothie bowls have to be my number one for breakfast... especially in the summer!
These are great fun to make and decorate. You can play with the flavours using your favourite berries, add citrus juice for a zing, and add pretty toppings - coconut, kiwi, banana, seeds, apple slices, dried fruit.... you get the idea.
Best of all you can cram so many nutrients in at breakfast it makes for a great start to your day.
When buying berries, or any fruit or vegetables for that matter, the most colourful and vibrant ones have the most nutrients. We should aim to eat the rainbow, buy and eat the most colourful fruits (and veg) you can. Vibrant colour is a sign of the goodness in fruit & vegetables (the antioxidants and phytochemicals). Berries have the highest levels of antioxidants of all fruits and help to protect your body from free radicals that promote inflammation (which is the starting point of disease) and premature aging. Not only have berries been found to be cancer protective, they support your immune health, liver and brain. Both Joel Fuhrman MD and Dr Gregor recommend berries should be eaten daily.
I started creating smoothie bowls rather than drinking normal smoothies because I learned it is best for your body if you chew all your food, as digestion starts in the mouth with your saliva. So having slightly thicker smoothies, putting them in a bowl and topping them with things to chew is a good idea. Of course I was also inspired by all the smoothie bowl works of art on Instagram!
[makes one portion]
2-3 cups of your favourite berries frozen or fresh
A splash of water as needed
Optional spices (depending on my toppings I like to add 1 tsp cinnamon and a pinch of nutmeg to berry smoothies)
Toppings of your choice (fruit (sliced kiwi, banana, more berries), flax/chia/pumpkin seeds, coconut flakes, buckwheat seeds, oats, nuts)
Put the berries, banana and optional spices or lime juice into a blender.
Blend until smooth.
You may want to add a little water to get to get it to the consistency you like. Just add a splash at a time and blend.
Tip your smoothie carefully into a bowl and gently add your toppings (so they don't sink).
Take a picture of your wonderful creation and share with someone who'd appreciate your artistic skills.