My stress relief smoothie bowl recipe

17 August 2018

One of my favourite breakfasts to make is a smoothie bowl, especially in the summer time. They’re super easy and quick to make, taste like dessert, are full of health-boosting benefits and make me feel like I’m living a tropical lifestyle. What’s not to love?! I’d like to share my stress-relief smoothie bowl recipe with you.

This delicious smoothie is a real stress buster

Stress really affects my eczema and it’s crucial I do everything to keep it under control. I think because I have such high expectations of myself, I tend to unrealistically plan my day out and when I don’t complete my to-do list, I get stressed. Note to self be more realistic!

So, I decided to make an anti-stress smoothie bowl, by adding in the ancient herb ‘Ashwagandha’. You can’t taste it due to the other delicious ingredients, but you do get to reap the benefits of this calming Ayurvedic herb. It is also full of tons of other super-nourishing goodness, and I’ll share the benefits of them at the end of this blog post.

Ingredients

  • 250ml of dairy free mylk (I use Almond- Plenish or Tiger Nut from Rude Health, or my own)
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 100g mixed frozen berries
  • 1 tbsp blueberry powder
  • 1 tsp acai powder
  • ½ tsp Ashwagandha powder
  • ½ tsp Maca powder
  • 1 scoop of vegan protein powder (I use a vanilla flavour from the brand Sun Warrior)

Optional toppings:
Coconut flakes, bee pollen, hemp seeds, chia seeds, goji berries, edible flowers and a drizzle of raw honey or homemade granola.

Method

Throw everything into the blender following the order of the recipe. Whizz it up, (I use a Vitamix), pour into a bowl and add your favourite toppings. So simple!

The benefits

Mylk... depending on which you choose, it will provide different benefits. I’ve found that avoiding dairy has really helped my eczema. If I opt for almond mylk, then it’s full of vitamin E, which is great for protecting skin.

Banana... according to Anthony William The Medical Medium, bananas are antiviral and high in tryptophan, which can help calm you and reduce anxiety (hence anti-stress smoothie). They’re also full of B vitamins and a fungus killer for anyone worried about Candida. (Information found in the book ‘Life Changing Foods’ by Anthony William)

Mixed frozen berries... are packed with antioxidants and a great source of fibre

Blueberry powder... is rich in antioxidants, helps to keep your brain healthy and prevent bladder infections, packed with vitamins, is a healthy source of prebiotics, and can help lower blood pressure.

Acai powder... is full of antioxidants and healthy fats and fibre.

Ashwagandha powder... helps your body to manage stress, can lower blood sugar levels, reduce cortisol, boost brain function and help fight symptoms of anxiety and depression.

Maca powder... is rich in minerals such as potassium, zinc, calcium and magnesium, as well as some B vitamins.

Vegan pea protein powder... is hypoallergenic, rich in branded chain amino acids (BCCA), easily digested, lactose and gluten free, low in carbohydrates and helps you to stay feeling full.

Topping benefits

Coconut flakes... are high in fibre, a good source of minerals and can help keep your skin soft.

Bee pollen... is rich in vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids and antioxidants, and great for building up your immune system

Hemp seeds... are rich in healthy fats and essential fatty acids, as well as being packed with protein, vitamin E, phosphorus, potassium, sulphur, sodium, magnesium, calcium, iron and zinc!

Chia seeds... are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, are rich in antioxidants and are also a good source of fibre, iron and calcium.

Goji berries... boost immune function, increase alkalinity and vitality, provide liver protection, improve eyesight, anti-ageing.

Raw honey... has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, can help heal wounds and is great for your digestion.

So as you can see, there’s nothing but good stuff in this smoothie bowl! Who’s ready to make one? I can’t wait to see what yours looks like. Please tag me on Instagram @camilleknowles.

 

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Lots of love and positive vibes, Camille xx

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