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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 November 11, 2019

                      How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

                      How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

                      Have you ever noticed that some people are able to effortlessly remember even the most mundane details and quickly comprehend new things? Well, you can too!

                      To unlock the full potential of your brain, you need to keep it active and acute. Wasting time on your couch watching mindless television shows or scrolling through facebook is not going to help.

                      Besides getting out flashcards, what can you do to help remember things better and learn new things more quickly? Check out these 10 effective ways on how to improve memory:

                      1. Exercise and Get Your Body Moving

                      Exercising doesn’t just exercise the body, it also helps to exercise your brain. Obesity and the myriad of diseases that eventually set in as a result of being overweight can cause serious harm to the brain.

                      Furthermore, without regular exercise, plaque starts to build up in your arteries, and your blood vessels begin to lose the ability to effectively pump blood. Plaque buildup leads to heart attacks and it also reduces the amount of oxygen and nutrients that your blood carries to your brain. When the nutrients don’t make it there, the brain’s ability to function is compromised.

                      To prevent this from happening, make sure you get moving every day. Even if it’s just a brisk walk, it’ll help you maintain and increase your mental acuity. Brisk walking, swimming and dancing are all excellent activities. Take a look at these 5 Ways to Find Time for Exercise.

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                      2. Eliminate Stressors and Seek Help If You’re Depressed

                      Anything that causes you major stress, like anger or anxiety, will in time begin to eat away the parts of your brain that are responsible for memory. Amongst the most brain-damaging stressors is depression, which is actually often misdiagnosed a a memory problem since one of its primary symptoms is the inability to concentrate.

                      If you can’t concentrate, then you might feel like you are constantly forgetting things. Depression increases the levels of cortisol in your bloodstream which elevates the cortisol levels in the brain. Doctors have found that increased cortisol diminishes certain areas of the brain, especially the hippocampus which is where short-term memories are stored.

                      Prolonged depression can thus destroy your brain’s ability to remember anything new. Seek professional help to combat your depression – your brain will thank you.

                      3. Get a Good Night’s Sleep and Take Naps

                      Getting a consistent 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night will increase your memory. During sleep, the brain firms up memories of recently acquired information.

                      Getting enough sleep will help you get through the full spectrum of nocturnal cycles that are essential to optimal brain and body functioning during the waking hours. Taking a nap throughout the day, especially after learning something new, can also help you to retain those memories as well as recharge your brain and keep it sharper longer.

                      4. Feed Your Brain

                      Fifty to sixty percent of the brain’s overall weight is pure fat, which is used to insulate its billions of nerve cells. The better insulated a cell is, the faster it can send messages and the quicker you will be thinking.

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                      This is precisely why parents are advised to feed their young children whole milk and to restrict dieting – their brains’ need fat to grow and work properly. Skimping on fats can be devastating even to the adult brain.

                      Thus, eating foods that contain a healthy mix of fats is vital for long-term memory. Some excellent food choices include fish (especially anchovies, mackerel and wild salmon) and dark leafy green vegetables. Here’re more brain food choices: 12 Foods that Can Improve Your Brain Power

                      Deep-fried foods obviously contain fat but their lack of nutritional value is not going to help your brain or your body, so think healthy foods and fats.

                      5. Eat Breakfast and Make Sure It Includes an Egg

                      According to Larry McCleary, M.D., author of  The Brain Trust Program, an egg is the ideal breakfast. Eggs contain B vitamins which help nerve cells to burn glucose, antioxidants that protect neurons against damage; and omega-3 fatty acids that keep nerve cells firing at optimal speed.

                      Other foods to add to your breakfast include fruits, veggies and lean proteins. Avoid trans fats and high fructose corn syrup. Trans fats diminish the brain cells’ ability to communicate with each other and HFCS can actually shrink the brain by damaging cells.

                      Having a healthy breakfast in the morning has been shown to improve performance throughout the day. If you’re too busy to have a healthy breakfast, this maybe just right for you: 33 Quick And Healthy Breakfasts For Busy Mornings

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                      6. Write it Down

                      If there’s something you want to remember, writing it down can help.

                      It may sound like a no-brainer, but do you really know why? Writing it down creates oxygenated blood flow to areas of your brain that a responsible for your memories and literally exercises those parts of it. Here’s How Writing Things Down Can Change Your Life.

                      You can start a journal, write yourself emails or even start keeping a blog – all of these activities will help to improve your capacity to remember and memorize information.

                      7. Listen to Music

                      Research shows that certain types of music are very helpful in recalling memories. Information that is learned while listening to a particular song or collection can often be recalled by thinking of the song or “playing” it mentally. Songs and music can serve as cues for pulling up particular memories.

                      8. Visual Concepts

                      In order to remember things, many people need to visualize the information they are studying.

                      Pay attention to photographers, charts and other graphics that might appear in your textbook; or if you’re not studying a book, try to pull up a mental image of what it is you are trying to remember. It might also help to draw your own charts or figures, or utilize colors and highlighters to group related ideas in your notes.

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                      Here, you can learn How to Become a Person Who Can Visualize Results.

                      9. Teach Someone Else

                      Reading material out loud has been shown to significantly improve memory of the material. Expanding further upon this idea is the fact that psychologists and educators have found that by having students teach new concepts to others, it helps to enhance understanding and recall.

                      Teach new concepts and information to a friend or study partner, and you’ll find you remember the information a lot better.

                      10. Do Crossword Puzzles, Read or Play Cards

                      Studies have shown that doing crossword puzzles, read or play cards on a daily basis not only keep your brain active but also help to delay memory loss, especially in those who develop dementia.

                      So pick up the daily newspaper and work on that crossword puzzle, read a book or enjoy a game of solitaire.

                      Pick one to two of these tips first and start applying them to your everyday life. Very soon you’ll find yourself having better memories and a clearer head!

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