This summer I gave myself the gift of exploring + getting creative with new fruit mixes and let me tell ya itâ€™s been a lot of fun!
One of the things I love the most about smoothies, is that I can get a good punch of fiber, protein, healthy fats and cabohydrates- but why exactly is it important to add these to our diet?
Fiber â€” found mainly in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes â€” is probably best known for its ability to prevent or relieve constipation. But foods containing fiber can provide other health benefits as well, such as helping to maintain a healthy weight and lowering your risk of diabetes, heart disease and some types of cancer.
Proteinâ€” is an important component of every cell in the body. Your body uses protein to build and repair tissues. It also makes enzymes, hormones, and other essential body chemicals. Protein is an important building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood.
Carbohydratesâ€” play a number of important roles in your body. They are readily stored in your muscles for energy and they enable most of the protein you consume to be used for tissue synthesis (such as muscle building) rather than fuel.
Monounsaturated fatsâ€” are healthy fats found in olive oil, avocados and certain nuts. In fact, the evidence shows that monounsaturated fats have a number of health benefits. They can help with weight loss, reduce the risk of heart disease and decrease inflammation.
Check out the recipe below.
â€¢ 3 Frozen super ripe bananas
â€¢ A lil organic vanilla extract
â€¢ 1 tbs of Cacao nibs
â€¢ A splash of milk of your choice (I used low fat oat milk from @oatly)
â€¢ Shredded coconut
â€¢ Edible flowers from the Union Square Green Market
But you can top it with whatever makes your soul happy!
Throw frozen bananas into a blender or food processorâ€”add vanilla extract, cacao nibs and 2-4 tbsp milk of choice for smoother blending and blend until you achieve a soft-serve texture. You can serve immediately, or transfer to a container and freeze an additional 30 minutes.
Isn’t amazing how you can benefit from nourishing your body & soul with healthy foods you actually enjoy? plus! smoothie bowls are sexyâ™¡ Share with me below what you think of this recipe!