Green Smoothie Bowl
Prep time; 5-10 minutes
2 tbsp Chia seeds
1 tbsp flax seeds
2 tbsp flax ground
2 tbsp organic oats
1 cup frozen banana
A handful of kale/spinach (It's great if it's frozen already as this will make it extra cold but it's not really necessary)
1 tsp Spirulina
Pinch black pepper
Soak the chia, flax seeds, ground flax and oats in about 1 cup of cold water, and let it sit for about 5-10 minutes until it has formed a sort of jelly and a little milky from the oats.
Then place everything in the blender along with 1/2 cup cold water** apart from the lime/lemon and blend on high for about 30 seconds or until smooth.
Have a little taste test, add more banana for sweetness and lemon/lime for a little kick and blend again for 10 seconds.
Pour into bowls and top with anything you wish, I often use; Goji berries, cacao nibs, fresh berries/passion fruit, nuts/ granola.
** If I'm around fresh coconuts I will put in fresh coconut water for some extra electrolytes and a little of the meat for some healthy fats which will help you stay fuller for longer. But only when I am around the fresh nuts as the bottles/canned stuff usually has added preservatives and sugar.
- Chia seeds are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, rich in antioxidants, and they provide fibre (which helps manage blood sugar and makes you feel full), iron, and calcium. They should always be soaked before consuming though to aid digestion as they expand so much.
- Flax is also a great source of omega-3 fatty acids. They also contain Lignans which have both plant estrogen and antioxidant qualities. (This is great for balancing your hormones.)
- Everyone knows how great kale is, but to break it down for you; In one cup of kale has nearly 3 grams of protein, 2.5 grams of fibre, Vitamins A, C, and K, Folate, a B vitamin that’s key for brain development.
-Spirulina... the magical green algae! You most commonly find it in powder form. Some say that this superfood is the most nutritionally dense food on the planet in one tbsp it contains 4 grams of protein, 11% of the RDA of Vitamin B1 (Thiamin), 15% of the RDA Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin), 4% of the RDA of Vitamin B3 (Niacin), 21% of the RDA of Copper, 11% of the RDA of Iron. It also contains decent amounts of magnesium, potassium and manganese, and small amounts of almost every other nutrient that we need.
- Black pepper aids in the absorption of all the other nutrients you're consuming.