Honey and Kale Smoothie Bowl

As my second smoothie bowl recipe in less than a week, I think you’ve now caught me out as a smoothie fanatic. It’s hard not to be when it comes to a healthy lifestyle though. For one, they put those of you who don’t particularly like the look of standalone fruits and veggies (kale for instance), at a lot of ease. They’re easily digested, absolutely jam-packed with vitamins and minerals and require little to no effort beyond using a knife and clicking the on button. (Okay, I forgot to mention the cleaning afterwards, but they’re worth it nonetheless).

Before I get into this delicious recipe, I’d like to thank @jen_mch for offering up her incredible photography talents for this blog post. The whole process of blogging is a lot easier with some talented friends! You should so check out her Instagram page for more awesome pics. 🙂

INGREDIENTS

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For the smoothie:

  • Ripe avocado x1
  • 3/4 of a ripe mango
  • Banana x1
  • Leaves from x3 large kale stalks
  • Honey x3 tblspoons
  • Almond milk x1 cup (add more depending how smooth/thick you’d like your smoothie to be or even add in a few tblspns of gorgeous Glenisk natural yogurt)

For decoration:

  • 1/4 of a banana
  • 1/4 of a ripe mango diced
  • Handful of Golgi berries
  • A sprinkle of flaxseeds and chia seeds
  • A handful of nuts (I used a mixture of cashews and almonds but it’s up to your own preference)
  • A slice of lemon

BENEFITS

  • Golgi berries are good for muscle health, metabolic support, helps promotes healthy sleep, aids vision and provides an antioxidant boost.
  • Lemons help to relieve indigestion and are detoxifying.
  • Bananas are a great source of slow-release energy, encourage bone health and help to ease constipation.
  • Mangoes contain a great source of vitamin-C which has a key role in boosting the immune system. It also aids digestion and was found to contain anti-cancer effects.
  • Avocados are a source of Omega-3 fatty acids and are anti-inflammatory.
  • Kale helps to balance hormones, lower cholesterol and its antioxidants and Omega-3 fatty acids give it strong anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Almonds are a great source of Zinc, magnesium and potassium, which collectively support brain health, cardiovascular and respiratory systems and help keep skin healthy.
  • Cashews are protein rich, contain healthy fats which help protect against heart disease and cancer.
  • Chia seeds help promote a healthy heart, strong bones and a healthy gut.
  • Flaxseeds have a role in helping to prevent heart attacks and strokes. Flaxseed oil also reduces inflammation and excessive blood clotting.

NYR

All nutritional information was taken from Neal’s Yard Remedies Healing Foods, a brilliant publication from DK.

INSTRUCTIONS

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  1. Start by washing anything that needs to be washed; in this case you should focus on the kale stalks.
  2. Into a blender, add the kale, mango, banana, avocado, honey and – lastly – the almond milk just to make sure you get the best idea as to how much you’ll need.
  3. Blend all ingredients together until you reach the right consistency. Add in more almond milk if needed.
  4. Fill your dish up halfway with the contents from the blender, making sure not to put anything to waste. As you’ve probably noticed above, I made use of a smoothie jar with my leftovers.
  5. When that’s done, its time to get creative with the remaining ingredients. I usually begin by laying a line of chopped banana down the middle of the bowl. Make sure your smoothie is thick enough for your fruits, nuts and seeds not to sink! 🙂

As always, thanks a billion for reading guys! If you’d like to keep up to date with all my blog posts, don’t forget to check out my Facebook and Instagram pages or even drop your email in the sign up box below! 🙂

For now, happy eating,

Ryan.

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