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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 September 28, 2020

                      The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

                      The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

                      At the start of the year, if you had asked anyone if they could do their work from home, many would have said no. They would have cited the need for team meetings, a place to be able to sit down and get on with their work, the camaraderie of the office, and being able to meet customers and clients face to face.

                      Almost ten months later, most of us have learned that we can do our work from home and in many ways, we have discovered working from home is a lot better than doing our work in a busy, bustling office environment where we are inundated with distractions and noise.

                      One of the things the 2020 pandemic has reminded us is we humans are incredibly adaptable. It is one of the strengths of our kind. Yet we have been unknowingly practicing this for years. When we move house we go through enormous upheaval.

                      When we change jobs, we not only change our work environment but we also change the surrounding people. Humans are adaptable and this adaptability gives us strength.

                      So, what are the pros and cons of working from home? Below I will share some things I have discovered since I made the change to being predominantly a person who works from home.

                      Pro #1: A More Relaxed Start to the Day

                      This one I love. When I had to be at a place of work in the past, I would always set my alarm to give me just enough time to make coffee, take a shower, and change. Mornings always felt like a rush.

                      Now, I can wake up a little later, make coffee and instead of rushing to get out of the door at a specific time, I can spend ten minutes writing in my journal, reviewing my plan for the day, and start the day in a more relaxed frame of mind.

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                      When you start the day in a relaxed state, you begin more positively. You find you have more clarity and more focus and you are not wasting energy worrying about whether you will be late.

                      Pro #2: More Quiet, Focused Time = Increased Productivity

                      One of the biggest difficulties of working in an office is the noise and distractions. If a colleague or boss can see you sat at your desk, you are more approachable. It is easier for them to ask you questions or engage you in meaningless conversations.

                      Working from home allows you to shut the door and get on with an hour or two of quiet focused work. If you close down your Slack and Email, you avoid the risk of being disturbed and it is amazing how much work you can get done.

                      An experiment conducted in 2012 found that working from home increased a person’s productivity by 13%, and more recent studies also find significant increases in productivity.[1]

                      When our productivity increases, the amount of time we need to perform our work decreases, and this means we can spend more time on activities that can bring us closer to our family and friends as well as improve our mental health.

                      Pro #3: More Control Over Your Day

                      Without bosses and colleagues watching over us all day, we have a lot more control over what we do. While some work will inevitably be more urgent than others, we still get a lot more choice about what we work on.

                      We also get more control over where we work. I remember when working in an office, we were given a fixed workstation. Some of these workstations were pleasant with a lot of natural sunlight, but other areas were less pleasant. It was often the luck of the draw whether we find ourselves in a good place to work or not.

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                      By working from home we can choose what work to work on and whether we want to face a window or not. We can get up and move to another place, and we can move from room to room. And if you have a garden, on nice days you could spend a few hours working outside.

                      Pro #4: You Get to Choose Your Office Environment

                      While many companies will provide you with a laptop or other equipment to do your work, others will give you an allowance to purchase your equipment. But with furniture such as your chair and desk, you have a lot of freedom.

                      I have seen a lot of amazing home working spaces with wonderful sets up—better chairs, laptop stands that make working from a laptop much more ergonomic and therefore, better for your neck.

                      You can also choose your wall art and the little nick-nacks on your desk or table. With all this freedom, you can create a very personal and excellent working environment that is a pleasure to work in. When you are happy doing your work, you will inevitably do better work.

                      Con #1: We Move a Lot Less

                      When we commute to a place of work, there is movement involved. Many people commute using public transport, which means walking to the bus stop or train station. Then, there is the movement at lunchtime when we go out to buy our lunch. Working in a place of work requires us to move more.

                      Unfortunately, working from home naturally causes us to move less and this means we are not burning as many calories as we need to.

                      Moving is essential to our health and if you are working from home you need to become much more aware of your movement. To ensure you are moving enough, make sure you take your lunch breaks. Get up from your desk and move. Go outside, if you can, and take a walk. And, of course, refrain from regular trips to the refrigerator.

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                      Con #2: Less Human Interaction

                      One of the nicest things about bringing a group of people together to work is the camaraderie and relationships that are built over time. Working from home takes us away from that human interaction and for many, this can cause a feeling of loss.

                      Humans are a social species—we need to be with other people. Without that connection, we start to feel lonely and that can lead to mental health issues.

                      Zoom and Microsoft Teams meeting cannot replace that interaction. Often, the interactions we get at our workplaces are spontaneous. But with video calls, there is nothing spontaneous—most of these calls are prearranged and that’s not spontaneous.

                      This lack of spontaneous interaction can also reduce a team’s ability to develop creative solutions—there’s just something about a group of incredibly creative people coming together in a room to thrash out ideas together that lends itself to creativity.

                      While video calls can be useful, they don’t match the connection between a group of people working on a solution together.

                      Con #3: The Cost of Buying Home Office Equipment

                      Not all companies are going to provide you with a nice allowance to buy expensive home office equipment. 100% remote companies such as Doist (the creators of Todoist and Twist) provide a $2,000 allowance to all their staff every two years to buy office equipment. Others are not so generous.

                      This can prove to be expensive for many people to create their ideal work-from-home workspace. Many people must make do with what they already have, and that could mean unsuitable chairs that damage backs and necks.

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                      For a future that will likely involve more flexible working arrangements, companies will need to support their staff in ways that will add additional costs to an already reduced bottom line.

                      Con #4: Unique Distractions

                      Not all people have the benefit of being able to afford childcare for young children, and this means they need to balance working and taking care of their kids.

                      For many parents, being able to go to a workplace gives them time away from the noise and demands of a young family, so they could get on with their work. Working from home removes this and can make doing video calls almost impossible.

                      To overcome this, where possible, you need to set some boundaries. I know this is not always possible, but it is something you need to try. You should do whatever you can to make sure you have some boundaries between your work life and home life.

                      Final Thoughts

                      Working from home can be hugely beneficial for many people, but it can also bring serious challenges to others.

                      We are moving towards a new way of working. Therefore, companies need to look at both the pros and cons of working from home and be prepared to support their staff in making this transition. It will not be impossible, but a lot of thought will need to go into it.

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