I didn’t get to make my breakfast smoothie this weekend. It was an extremely busy, but lovingly spent weekend with family. There was a milestone anniversary that I cooked the food for, we helped to pack food for 200 homeless people in Toronto, two birthdays, and Super Bowl Sunday. Suffice it to say that I didn’t sleep enough, my nutrition was poor, and I had probably one too many glasses of Prosecco.
Which brings me to the Super Bowl and how my weekend ended. What do you do when the team you want to win loses in a dramatic and terrible fashion? The caveat. You’re not even a football fan and just wanted Tom Brady to lose. You wake up the next morning, a work day, regretting that extra glass of Prosecco for a losing team, and wonder how you’re going to combat all the cake, excess and lack of sleep. But then you remember, you haven’t had a smoothie bowl in over a week. Maybe a colorful, healthy bowl would help!
The nutrients in this bowl are powerful antioxidants, improve skin and bones, help you sleep better (unless you’re me!) and manage weight. The full nutrition and health benefits are listed below the recipe.
Get your greens protein smoothie bowl
- 1/2 cup fresh red grapefruit juice
- 1 cup kale or baby spinach
- 1 scoop vegan, vanilla protein powder, I use Vega clean
- 1 large sweet apple cored and chopped
- 1 cup cucumber chopped
- 3/4 cup celery, chopped
- 1/3 cup mango, chopped
- 1 teaspoons virgin coconut oil
Toppings of your choice. These are the ones I used:
Add all ingredients minus toppings into a blender and puree until smooth. Add toppings and serve immediately.
Approximate nutrition information for one serving size (Based on brands and amounts used in this recipe)
- Calories: 440 (without toppings: 272)
- Fat: 6.5g (without toppings: 2g)
- Carbohydrates: 68g (without toppings: 38g)
- Protein: 28.5g (without toppings: 25g)
Some health benefits
- Kale/Spinach: Supports healthy skin, hair, and bones, as well as healthy digestion and a reduced risk of heart disease.
- Grapefruit: Helps improve digestion, blood pressure and heart health.
- Apples: Are antioxidants, help with digestion and help reduce the risk of hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease.
- Mango: Helps clear skin and fight heat stroke, and supports digestive, eye and heart health.
- Cherries: Strong antioxidant, have melatonin to help with sleep, help manage weight and lower inflammation and risk of stroke.
- Blueberries: Have the highest antioxidant capacities of all fruit for disease prevention and anti-aging; they also help lower blood pressure improving heart health.
- Strawberries: Boosts immunity for disease prevention, helps with depression, intestinal health, and allergies.
- Raspberries: Improve blood pressure, cholesterol, and immunity, and help reduce stress.
- Bananas: Support digestion, weight loss and heart health, they are also good for hangovers because of the potassium to help dehydration.
- Kiwi: aids in digestion, boosts immunity, helps lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of blood clots.
- Coconut oil: Supports skin and hair health, weight loss, and helps fight infections. For more information, see my post Three reasons why coconut is my best friend and none of them involve cooking!
- Protein: Builds and repairs tissues. It also makes enzymes and hormones and is vital to building bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood.