As a model I happen to be a frequent guest on airplanes and, unfortunately, that doesn’t exactly improve my health. Quite the opposite, actually. Imagine how many bacteria passengers breathe out or bring to the plane on them & all of it circulates in the air for as long as you’re airborne. Yup, not the most comforting thing, is it?
Traveling and spending lots of time among large crowds is one of the reasons I try to nourish my body as much as I can. Smoothies come in handy as a quick way to incorporate extra vitamins in your diet. Yet if you pour your smoothie into a bowl, you can ‘dress’ it with lots of different nutritious toppings for a total immunity booster. Think seeds, nuts, nut butters, superfood powders, things like bee pollen, etc.
Let’s see again, what’s so good about a smoothie bowl:
It boosts your immunity
It looks damn good
I think I'm convinced. Off to making that perfect smoothie.
Serves 1 | Prep time: 10 minutes
- 200 g of fresh mango
- 150 g of pineapple
- 1 medium size banana
- Chopped mango & pineapple
- Toasted coconut
- Chia seeds
- Shelled hemp seeds
- Bee pollen
- Almond or other nut butter
- Unsweetened coconut milk
Place fresh fruit into a blender and puree until you reach a smooth consistency. Pour smoothie into a bowl and garnish with chopped mango/pineapple pieces, toasted shredded coconut or coconut chips, chia, hemp seeds, some bee pollen for a nutrient boost, granola (my Grainless Pan Granola works well here), drizzle some (preferably homemade) almond butter and coconut milk. For a more refreshing version you can cool your fruit in the fridge for a couple of hours before making this smoothie.
NOTE: don’t go 'crazy' with chia. As the dry seeds absorb lots of moisture, it is not healthy for your digestive system to consume a lot of dry chia. So always use just a sprinkle or substitute with chia pudding.