Take Your Smoothie Bowl to The Next Level With These 6 Healthy Ingredients

Take Your Smoothie Bowl to The Next Level With These 6 Healthy Ingredients
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We love us a good smoothie bowl — especially this time of year when just the thought of turning on the stove induces sweat beads. When it’s just too hot to enjoy food that doesn’t double as a means for cooling down, we turn to three favorites: popsicles, refreshing soups and yes, smoothies (in bowl or cup form). Naturally, ensuring you’re getting the nutrition you need is key, and we’re here to help you get the most bang for your blending efforts. Here’s a roundup of top functional ingredients to fuel your breakfasts and beyond this summer.

Pitaya Believe it or not, this bright pink fruit is au naturel. Not only does pitaya (aka dragon fruit) make a stunning addition to any smoothie bowl, it’s also a great source of magnesium, fiber, and B vitamins. And did we mention its taste? Think honeydew meets kiwi. Look for it dried or as a frozen purée.

Try this: Dragon Fruit Smoothie Bowl

Cacao Nibs Crunchy cacao nibs are rich in antioxidants, magnesium, iron, chromium, manganese, zinc and copper. And, according to nutrition expert David Wolfe, cacao is nature’s number one energy-boosting food. We can’t think of a better way to start the day.

Try this: Chocolate Raspberry Love Smoothie Bowl

Chia These tiny seeds pack a punch! Chia is a complete protein and rich in fiber, potassium and calcium. In fact, just one tablespoon of chia contains 5 grams of fiber. That’s not all, these little seeds are also a vegan source of essential Omega-3 fatty acids.

Try this: My Go-To Smoothie Bowl

Avocado It’s time that the avocado shined beyond the guac bowl. Though many consider this fruit a savory food, (and an indulgence) with the popularity of paleo and keto diets, we’re finally realizing that there’s good reason to eat avocados all day e’ry day. They’re rich in vitamin E, plant-based proteins and healthy monounsaturated fats for sustained energy.

Try this: Avocado Smoothie Bowl with Cashew Cream

Hemp Seeds Say hello to hemp seeds. They’re a great source of plant-based protein, iron and omega-3 fats. Plus, their slightly nutty flavor pairs naturally with, well, just about anything, but we especially like them with bananas and dates.

Try this: In the Buff Smoothie Bowl

Grass-fed Whey  All protein powders are not created equal. Steer clear of those with unhealthy highly processed ingredients and choose a grass-fed whey protein powder instead. Grass-fed whey is easy to digest and full of essential amino acids. It also has the antioxidant glutathione, which helps the liver remove toxins that impact sleep. (Note: Since whey comes from cows, vegans should opt for a plant-based powder instead. Here’s one of our favorites.)

Try this: Carrot Cake Smoothie Bowl