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10 Healthy and Gorgeous Smoothie Bowls That Give You a Morning Headstart

10 Healthy and Gorgeous Smoothie Bowls That Give You a Morning Headstart

Have you experienced a smoothie bowl yet? Smoothie bowls are one of the recent breakfast trends that are becoming highly popular and addictive — and for a good reason. Packed with delicious tropical fruit, leafy greens, and a dash of creamy avocado, these super-bowls are filling, nutrient-packed, and most importantly, they taste absolutely delicious.

Building off of the nutritious and healthy green smoothies, a smoothie bowl is eaten with a spoon due to the extra thick texture, making it the healthiest and easiest way to turn a smoothie into a meal. You can make them into even more of a complete meal with the addition of a few simple ingredients into the blend, and toppings like sesame seeds or goji berries, which add to the superfood ingredients list as well as a wonderful crunch that is so missing in green smoothies.

The simple rules of a smoothie bowl include blending 1–2 servings of ingredients such as the following:

1. Liquid

  • filtered water
  • coconut water
  • full cream milk
  • almond milk or any non-dairy preference

2. Fruit

  • bananas
  • berries
  • pineapple
  • pears
  • mango

3. Greens

  • kale
  • spinach
  • silverbeet
  • broccoli stem

4. Protein

  • nut butters
  • hemp powder
  • tahini

What makes the smoothie bowl even more exciting is the delicious toppings, such as goji berries, hemp seeds, blueberries, sesame seeds, edible fruit, bee pollen, and granola.

Smooth Bowl Recipes

1. Green Smoothie Bowl

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    This a new twist on the simple green smoothie that you know so well. The basis of this smoothie bowl is to make a slightly thicker, more nutritious smoothie by adding ingredients such as avocado and hemp powder, and then top it with some crunchy ingredients, like coconut, hemp seeds, and pine nuts.

    2. Peanut Butter and Berry Acai Smoothie Bowl

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      This smoothie bowl has a fantastic kick to it thanks to the wonderful twist of adding beetroot juice. Beetroot, otherwise knows as beets, are rich in natural chemicals called nitrates. Through a chain reaction, your body changes nitrates into nitric oxide, which helps relax blood vessels, thus assisting with blood flow and blood pressure.

      3. Kiwi Breakfast Bowl

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        I absolutely love this recipe due to its simplicity, availability of produce, taste, and texture.

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        Using a banana frozen makes this a devilish creamy blend that the whole family will love. It is also quick and easy to prepare for breakfast you will wonder why you never thought of it before now. Kiwi is packed with vitamin C which is mostly concentrated just beneath the skin, so be sure to blend up the whole fruit in this recipe.

        4. “Zero Waste” Turmeric, Avocado, Banana Smoothie Bowl

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          There’s more to turmeric than spicing up a curry. Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, stimulates the gallbladder and produces bile. Because bile helps digest fat, experts believe this can help improve digestion and may help control weight. Other benefits include easing indigestion and reducing symptoms of bloating and gas. This smoothie bowl can be enjoyed any time of day.

          5. Blue Morning Smoothie Bowl

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            The title of this smoothie bowl can be quite deceiving seeing as it does not contain any blueberries, which is what you may be expecting. What I love about this smoothie bowl is the addition of a frozen zucchini. In the summer months when zucchini are plentiful, I store excess zucchini in the freezer ensuring a plentiful supply in the winter months.

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            Zucchini are an excellent source of dietary fibre and this smoothie bowl is a great way way of ensuring your green vegetable intake at least twice a week, as I am sure that once you try this recipe, you will be adding more frozen zucchini to other smoothie bowl recipes.

            6. Berry Banana Smoothie Bowl

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              This simple smoothie bowl is a mixture of almond milk, a frozen banana, frozen mixed berries, and fresh spinach. All the work seems to go into the topping. Adding nuts to the topping increases the protein content and fruits for flavor making this a wickedly delicious way of sneaking in spinach for those less inclined to eat spinach or any other leafy greens.

              7. Strawberry Flax Smoothie Bowl

               
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                Packed with powerful hemp seeds and ground flax seeds makes this a hight-protein, high-omega smoothie bowl.

                Make sure to grind your own flax seeds to make the ground flax seed to ensure high protein and omega content. Store-bought ground flaxseed is simply the end pulp after the nutritious omega 3 essential fats has been removed to create flax oil.

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                8. Ultimate Smoothie Bowl

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                  There always has to be a chocolate recipe in a foodie post and smoothie bowls is no exception.

                  9. Blackberry Avocado Jam Smoothie Bowl

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                    What I like about this recipe are the ideas of what to put on top of your next smoothie bowl. Above you can see every single idea imaginable. Here is the list of toppings added to create such a wonderful blend. You do not need to go to such lengths as just adding three ingredients as your topping is a great start to the day. Goji berries, chia seeds, hemp seeds, bee pollen, raw activated almonds, sliced figs, coconut shreds, edible flowers (such as cornflower or marigold) blueberry jam, kumquats, pumpkin seeds, and sesame seeds are all included in this smoothie bowl.

                    10. Vegan Papaya Acai Smoothie Bowl

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                      Papaya fruit contains papain, an enzyme that helps digest proteins, making this smoothie bowl a delicious dessert to help assist in digesting an evening meal.

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                      Last Updated on July 10, 2020

                      How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                      How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                      We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

                      We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

                      So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

                      Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

                      What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

                      Boundaries are limits

                      —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

                      Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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                      Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

                      Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

                      Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

                      How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

                      Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

                      1. Self-Awareness Comes First

                      Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

                      You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

                      To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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                      You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

                      • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
                      • When do you feel disrespected?
                      • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
                      • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
                      • When do you want to be alone?
                      • How much space do you need?

                      You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

                      2. Clear Communication Is Essential

                      Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

                      Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

                      3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

                      Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

                      That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

                      Sample language:

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                      • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
                      • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
                      • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
                      • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
                      • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
                      • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
                      • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

                      Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

                      4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

                      Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

                      Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

                      Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

                      We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

                      It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

                      It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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                      Final Thoughts

                      Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

                      Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

                      Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

                      The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

                      Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

                      Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

                      They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

                      Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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