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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 10, 2019

                      7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

                      7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

                      Most of your reality is not a given. It is shaped by your expectations, beliefs and thoughts you have formed about it. A big chunk of these beliefs and expectations are encoded into habits you integrate in your daily life.

                      Yes, some of these habits are formed unconsciously and can be counter-productive or limiting but conversely, you can consciously form positive habits that will transform and empower your life significantly.

                      This is a powerful point of departure that more and more people are becoming aware of. The most common trait of highly successful people is the recognition of the power they have in co-creating their reality through changing the way they think, believe or expect their reality to be.

                      One of the most effective ways of changing our belief patterns is through practising and maintaining daily rituals. Ancient traditions had clearly understood the power of rituals in reinforcing habits and changing the way we see and create our reality a long, long time ago.

                      Once again, if you look into the life history of any highly successful individual, you will find some form of ritual in their daily routine. Some of these rituals may seem banal or eccentric but don’t be deceived by appearances. Rituals are one of the most effective self-empowering tools freely available at the practitioner’s disposal – that is, you!

                      Below are some the easiest yet life-changing morning rituals you can do every day. Of course, you can have your own afternoon or bed-time rituals but morning rituals are extremely effective in empowering your day since they help you charge yourself before it all starts.

                      1. Gratitude

                      Feeling gratitude and appreciation for those little signs and moments of joy happening in your life is probably one of the most overlooked or underestimated rituals. It is a perfect morning ritual to start your day on a very positive key.

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                      The real power of gratitude is that it makes you pick out and focus on what is working in your life – what is in tune with your being as a whole. It is selectively positive. It reinforces happiness and positivity by shedding light on those awesome things, small or big, that grace your everyday living.

                      Quite often, we just pick out the pain points, the problems, the bottle necks, whatever it is that is not working in our life and causing friction, anxiety and unhappiness. This is like constantly rewriting the script of your life with a negative or tragic overtone. Your subconscious mind follows faithfully that script you write whether it is a negative or positive one.

                      So feeling gratitude is undoubtedly an immensely empowering ritual. Start your day by being thankful for those positive things that happened the previous day or throughout the week. It could be something really petty and small. It doesn’t matter. You might be grateful for an unexpected visit from an old friend, a beautiful encounter with a kind stranger, a new opportunity or whatever it is that shines your way. Do it every morning and see what happens during the day.

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                        2. Writing Down Your Most Important Tasks

                        This is a very practical ritual. Start your day by identifying and writing down from one to three of the most important tasks you need to complete during that day. These tasks are ones which support important long term goals that are aligned to your purpose, passion or general direction in life.

                        For example, if writing a book or building an online community are important long term goals which are aligned to your personal growth, then an important task for the day might be finishing off a particular page or two of the book or coming up with fresh content ideas for the online community.

                        What is important with this ritual is that you identify these tasks and complete them as early in the day as possible. Of course, you will have other tasks apart from the ones you will write down but, these are tasks which can be tackled later or batched up and carried out in one go.

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                        Writing down your most important tasks in the morning helps you focus your day and life according to what is essential. It helps you prioritize and manage your time better. As a result, you simplify your life by applying your focus and energy on what really counts for your overall life progress.

                        3. Affirm Your Goals in Writing or Drawing

                        This is similar to the previous idea but different in its application and purpose. Writing down your most important tasks of the day is a way to have a concrete structure of action to follow. Affirming your goals, on the other hand, is a very powerful way of crystallizing your vision and goals in life into your everyday mental space.

                        Writing down or doodling your goals on a piece of paper helps you externalize those goals by giving them form. In return, they are reflected back in your subconscious mind and thus, reinforcing them and integrating them more wholly.

                        An example of this would be writing down “I am achieving greater success in my career” or “I am becoming healthier and stronger through my exercise.” Notice the present tense being used as a way to tell yourself you are in the process already. Remember the life script we subconsciously follow? You are basically modifying the script to be applied now in the present.

                        Drawing or doodling can be equally, or even more, effective  (if you are more of a visual person) as it summarizes a graphical representation of your goals. For example, if your goal is to build a new house or live in another country, you can draw the house or draw things that symbolise the country you want to live in.

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                          4. Practice Qi Gong Exercises

                          According to Chinese philosophy, Qi (pronounced ‘Chee’) means the life force or energy inherent in all things;[1] and Qi Gong is the practice to cultivate and circulate that energy in your body. This may sound esoteric or complicated but actually, Qi Gong is really a set of simple exercises aimed at increasing your health and vitality.

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                          There are numerous forms and practices available for free through the online media. As a morning ritual, I recommend following these simple exercises by Qi Gong master Lee Holden:

                          5. Drink Hot Water with Lemon

                          Simply add a slice of lemon in a glass of hot water and drink one every morning. This is a very simple ritual I follow faithfully every morning.

                          Apart from being a good source of vitamin C and a great way of flushing out toxins in the morning, it balances and maintains the PH levels in the body, reduces pain and inflammation in joints and knees and helps nourishing brain and nerve cells. Here are some more benefits of drinking hot water with lemon.

                          6. Rise Earlier

                          The practical advantages of waking up early are obvious.

                          For example, you gain more time for doing exercise such as walking, cycling or Qi Gong as suggested above. You gain more time to be with yourself to reflect, meditate or, more importantly, carry out the other morning rituals.

                          So rising early can be seen as a foundation for all the other morning rituals. Many, like myself, find that they are more productive in the early hours of the day.

                          Also, various studies have shown that there are many other benefits from waking up an hour or two earlier in the morning. Sleeping early and waking up early helps the body attune with the earth’s circadian rhythms thus, promoting more restorative sleep. Other curious results from such studies show, for instance, that early risers tend to be more optimistic and can anticipate and solve problems more efficiently than the norm.[2]

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                          7. Listen to Uplifting Music

                          Uplifting music can have a direct impact on our mood, especially in the morning. It charges us emotionally and tunes us into a more positive outlook of the day ahead.

                          Most people wake up to music or listen to music as they commute to work. Very often, however, they tune in to a radio or randomly pick a playlist from their device. Being more selective and conscious of the music you listen to in the morning can have a great impact on your day and life in general.

                          It’s funny how we try to choose music according to our mood. For example if you are feeling down or disappointed by something, you are more prone to listen to music that reflects that mood – for instance blues, sad songs or downtempo music. This has the effect of reinforcing that mood. What you need to do is the exact opposite and retune your mood by listening to music that beats to a different tune than that mood.

                          Try to listen to more uplifting music in the morning even if, or especially if, your mood does not dictate so.

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                          Featured photo credit: Carli Jeen via unsplash.com

                          Reference

                          [1] Live Science: What Is Qi Gong
                          [2] Harvard Business Review: Defend Your Research: The Early Bird Really Does Get the Worm

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