Introducing a detoxifying green smoothie bowl that is delicious, creamy, cooling and full of green vegetable goodness. This 5-minute green smoothie bowl could possibly be the best healthy breakfast you will ever make.
Smoothie bowls are basically green smoothies but with thicker and more substantial ingredients. Smoothies were healthy breakfasts or revitalizing snacks blended into a shake that could be drunk on the go. Smoothie bowls are these quick healthy drinks turned back into meals. As such, green smoothie bowls are made with a blend of whole foods, such as frozen fruits like banana, avocado or mango and leafy green vegetables and herbs. The colorful thick mixture then gets poured into a bowl and topped with delicious and nutritional grains such as healthy granolas (we choose chocolate granola), nuts, seeds or of course more fresh fruit. Green smoothie bowls are perfect as a meal, especially on a hot summer day. An absolutely delicious way to eat fruit, vegetables and seeds, grains and nuts all together.
Our green smoothie bowl recipe
This green smoothie recipe requires a high-speed blender. If you have not got one, get one today as it will transform your life. You will be blending smoothies, soups, sauces – literally in seconds.
Check out our delicious: Béarnaise sauce recipe, Green immune-system boosting soup, raw chilled cucumber soup that can only be made using a high-speed blender.
When it comes to vegetables you definitely require the best for utmost wellbeing and healthy nutrients your body needs. Among the most nutritional out there and included in this recipe are kale, romaine salad and celery. You probably have taken some but never thought much about what they add in your body and why you need to take more.
This green smoothie bowl is made with key ingredients such as romaine lettuce, kale and celery for a reason so let’s find out why.
Health benefits of romaine lettuce
Scientifically Lactuca sativa from the Longifolia family of plants, Romaine is found in specific areas of the planet and a top addition in many salads. Nutritionally, it’s packed with fibre, minerals, vitamins and many more. Health benefits include:
Weight loss: considering its low calorie level and nutrient content, it’s perfect for those watching their weight and anyone who wants to reduce some. Its tasty nature means it can be added to most weight-loss diets and meal plans. With low calories, fiber and a small number of carbs, romaine salads leave behind a feeling of being full in the stomach helping in weight management.
Antioxidants: Romaine salad offers so many nutrients, including Vitamin A and C. Top antioxidants you definitely need, they ensure the body works fine, harmful free radicals are eliminated and immune-system boosted. As such, Romaine salad is a wonderful choice to help deal with cataracts, cancer, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases, cardiovascular issues, macular degeneration brought about by age, among others as suggested by diverse studies.
Circulatory enhancement: Right from heart issues to complications related to blood circulatory, Romaine salad comes in handy. This is due to high potassium levels in the lettuce, including vitamin C and A antioxidants that ensure cholesterol doesn’t build up and arterial plaques don’t form. It also contains folate that helps in the prevention of severe cardiovascular complications through the breakdown of an element known as homocysteine in the body before it’s successfully removed.
Anti-aging salad: The fact that it contains vitamin C, A, potassium and various vitamin Bs make Romaine perfect for a healthier skin. Intake promotes a smooth, healthy skin and ends signs of aging.
Stronger bones: As a green leafy salad, it has sufficient vitamin K critical in promoting healthier bones with improved density and ensuring bone diseases such as osteoporosis don’t occur.
Aids vision: Romaine salad helps deal with vision problems through nutrients such as Vitamin C and A, including carotenoids and zeaxanthin components in it. All these are superb against different disorders of the eyes, from vision problems, cataracts to glaucoma as studies suggest.
It is not a green smoothie bowl without kale
Kale is one of the healthiest green leafy vegetables widely found around the world. It comes with lots of nutrients beneficial to the body. These include:
Unique antioxidants: Packs the body with strong antioxidants such as Kaempferol and Quercentin, vitamin C, beta-carotene, polyphenols and lots of flavonoids. The result is that Kale has immense nutrients to protect the body against oxidative damage through free radicals that cause cancer and rapid aging while offering anti-depressant, anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties, among other benefits.
Vitamin C: A critical antioxidant, lots of studies have indicated that Kale has more of the vitamin than many fruits such as oranges.
Cholesterol and heart problems: Cholesterol might be beneficial to your body such as helping create bile acids but too much of it is harmful. Kale has elements known as bile acid sequestrants superb in reducing levels of cholesterol in the body, which has been found to lower heart problem-risk in the body.
Vitamin K: The body needs vitamin K for diverse uses, including blood clotting. Luckily, kale is known as one of the most vitamin K-rich vegetables out there (note that if you take Warfarin, Coumadin among other blood thinners or have kidney stones with oxalate results you might want to avoid kale intake).
Mineral-rich: With so many people deficient of diverse minerals, kale offers so many your body needs. These include calcium the body needs for strong, healthy bones and proper cellular operation, magnesium helpful in the prevention of heart complications and diabetes type 2, potassium that lowers heart disease and blood pressure risks and reduced oxalate allowing mineral absorption to take place.
Vision enhancement: With aging, eye problems are almost given. However, kale contains critical nutrients that defend the eyes such as Zeaxanthin and Lutein. Research indicates these carotenoid antioxidants are helpful in reducing cataract and macular degeneration risks.
Weight reduction: if you’re seeking a vegetable with fewer calories, full of fiber and some protein with lots of water content for weight loss needs, kale is a perfect choice as studies indicate.
Apart from being crunchy, chewy and a top crispy choice in salads, celery contains sufficient benefits to surprise anyone.
Antioxidants: Contains diverse antioxidants that lower oxidative free radical damage and protect blood vessels and cells such as flavonoids, beta carotene, and vitamin C, among tens of others.
Inflammation: Celery including its seeds contains tens of anti-inflammatory elements that ensure the body is protected from chronic irritation connected to diverse complications like osteoporosis and arthritis.
Aids digestion: Comprises digestive protective compounds such as pectin-polysaccharides, apiuman, high levels of water and also insoluble and soluble fiber amounts vital in ensuring the digestive tract remains healthy and operational.
Alkalizing benefit: Celery has diverse minerals from sodium, iron to magnesium which ensure most body functions continue as needed and at the same time leave behind an alkalizing/neutralizing effect.
Intake of romaine salad, celery and kale is a powerful way of keeping you healthy and protecting and preventing inflammation that can lead to further disease and complications. At the same time, they’re enjoyable, crispy, chewy, crunchy and delicious ingredients to include in your meal plans and especially blended in this green smoothie bowl recipe.
Other smoothie recipes on the blog
SMOOTHIE BOWL WITH RASPBERRIES & BLUEBERRIES (EASY + HEALTHY)
KALE AVOCADO SMOOTHIE
SPINACH APPLE SMOOTHIE
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- 1/2 cup tightly packed kale
- 1 whole romaine lettuce, sliced
- 1 celery stick, chopped in bite-sized pieces
- 1/2 green apple, chopped in bite-sized pieces
- 1 cup of frozen banana
- 1/2 cucumber, sliced
- A handful of coriander/cilantro
- 1/2 lemon juice
- 1/4 cup or 60ml coconut water
- 1 cup or of ice cubes (5-6)
- Topping: Chocolate granola, see our recipe on the blog or fresh banana slices and almonds