Post Exercise Smoothie Bowl

Did you know that exercise can increase inflammation in the body?  It makes sense in that when you exercise you are using your muscles.  If you are doing low impact exercises, like walking or yoga, the body doesn’t respond with as much inflammation as higher intensity exercise, like running or high intensity interval training (HIIT).

This type of inflammation isn’t all bad.  Many studies have shown that inflammation caused by exercise lead to overall reduced inflammation in the body.  This post-exercise, inflammation reducing smoothie bowl is excellent for a hard workout session.  As well as an easy one!

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The cherries in this smoothie bowl are the key ingredient in the inflammation reducing process.  The bananas, bone broth and coconut help the gut.  Gut health has become a popular topic and for good reason.  More and more research shows that many illnesses are linked to bad gut biome.  When the gut bacteria are compromised, it affects how the body functions.  This smoothie bowl is sure to help get the gut bacteria on the right track.  It’s helpful in maintaining good gut health as well as restoring it.

Smoothies and smoothie bowls are so easy to make and pack a lot of healthy nutrients in one serving!  I use this Post Exercise Inflammation Reducing Smoothie Bowl on days when I have worked out hard but even days when my workouts are easier.  It’s perfect for any type of post-workout.  The ingredients in this smoothie bowl are great for helping reduce inflammation regardless of the reason.  This recipe is great for any meal or snack even if you didn’t workout right before.

Top this Post Exercise Inflammation Reducing Smoothie Bowl with anything you like to make it fun and pretty.  My go to toppings are shredded coconut and nuts but berries, seeds (sunflower, pumpkin, etc.) would make it great too.  One of the reasons I like smoothies and smoothie bowls so much is that the topping combinations are endless.

Ingredients

Smoothie Bowl 

Optional Toppings

Servings: 2 Bowls

Instructions

  1. Place all smoothie ingredients in a high speed blender (a hand or immersion blender will work too but can create a bit of a mess and does not make the texture as smooth) and mix for 1-2 minutes on high. 

  2. Pour smoothie into a bowl (or cup if eating on the go) and top with desired toppings. 

Recipe Notes

  1. A note about organic. Using organic produce is always preferred however use what your budget allows for.

  2. The quality of bone broth really does matter.  If you get broth that contains fillers like sugar and gums, it's not going to have as many benefits as a bone broth with spices as extras.

  3. The amount of liquid (coconut milk/water)depends on how thick you want the smoothie.

  4. Coconut butter is also known as coconut manna.  It is pure and made from the flesh of coconut.

Cheers,

Val

Disclaimer: The information on this website is for informational purposes only and do not substitute for medical treatment.  If you are experiencing any severe symptoms please consult a healthcare practitioner.

Sources:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12192226

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4425030/