Smoothie Bowl for Immune & Eye Health

This immune and eye health boosting smoothie bowl is one of my best smoothie recipes yet!  It packs so many nutrients and health supporting ingredients it’s sure to be your go to smoothie.   Smoothie bowls are all the rage. Every trendy, health restaurant or juice bar seems to have at least one on the menu.  I haven’t really been into the smoothie bowl thing, until my last trip to California.

On our recent trip to Ventura, my husband and I tried a restaurant that uses local and organic foods and prepares all their milk alternatives in house.  This is huge for me.  Most store bought milk alternatives like almond and coconut have tons of preservatives and additives which are no good for the system.  My stomach has become very delicate after having my son and I’m still breast feeding so I continue to have crazy sensitivities.  Cutting all the additives out that I can helps me feel optimal.  Back to the restaurant.  This place had about five or six smoothie bowl recipes and so I decided to try one.

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OMG! It was awesome and super filling.  I want to say there was six ingredients total in the whole thing and a little extra for the toppings.  After that experience, I have been experimenting with various recipes.  This one has cantaloupe and carrot ginger turmeric juice, and each have anti-inflammatory properties.  Cantaloupe and carrots contain vitamin A and C (not to mention many other great vitamins and minerals including antioxidants).  Vitamin A is important for bone growth, eye health and immune system function.  Ascorbic acid (vitamin C) helps growth and repair of tissues in the body as well as it helps support adrenal health.

The vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and anti-inflammatories in this immune and eye health boosting smoothie bowl give your body extra support as well as helps improve gut health with the collagen scoop.  Kale contains high amounts of antioxidants that help fight the effects of free radicals in the body.  It also has detoxification properties aiding in eliminating the toxins from the body.  Banana and coconut butter are high in fiber which can help regulate blood sugar and control hunger.  The benefits of this little bowl will stick with your throughout the day.

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp chai seeds soaked in water or nut milk for at least 60-90 minutes ((can soak overnight) *see recipe notes)

  • 1 tbsp organic coconut butter (*see recipe notes)

  • 1 tbsp organic ground flax seeds (*see recipe notes)

  • 1 tbsp pure maple syrup (optional) (*see recipe notes)

  • 1 tsp vitamin C powder (optional)

  • 1-2 tbsp Great Lakes collagen (*see recipe notes)

  • 1 banana

  • 1 cup cantaloupe, cut into chunks

  • 1/2 cup organic frozen or fresh kale

  • 1/2 cup carrot ginger turmeric juice (pure, not sugar added)

  • 1/4 cup nut milk or water ((depends on how thick you want the smoothie))

Instructions

  1. Add chia seeds to a cup or jar with just enough water to cover seeds and allow to soak for at least 60 minutes or more.  You can do this the night before so you don’t have to wait in the morning.

  2. Combine all ingredients, except optional nut milk, in a high speed blender.  Blend for about a minute or two, paying attention to the thickness.  If you like it a little more smooth like a drink, add the nut milk or water.  

  3. Pour into a bowl or wide mouthed jar, add your favorite toppings and enjoy!

  4. Optional Toppings: shredded coconut, coconut chips, raw cocoa chips, beet root powder, walnuts or pecans


Cheers,

Val