The ingredients in this smoothie bowl make it ideal for consumption at breakfast, getting the day started in the right way. It is rich in protein, potassium, fiber, vitamin C and a whole host of other minerals and antioxidants that the body needs to function effectively and stay healthy.
To make it, blend the almond milk, half of the banana, frozen cherries and hemp seeds until smooth. Pour into a bowl and top with the rest of the ingredients.
There are numerous health benefits associated with the consumption of banana. They can help you to feel fuller for longer and, therefore, make an excellent, healthy snack for people who are trying to maintain a healthy weight. They also help to maintain a healthy heart because they contain some very good amounts of potassium.
Cherries contain powerful antioxidants that track down free radicals and destroy them, thus preventing them from causing damage to cells. They are also a very good source of vitamin C, dietary fibre and potassium. The latter two play a very important role in maintaining heart health by removing cholesterol from the body and regulating the electrical activity that is responsible for your heartbeat.
By adding hemp seeds to this smoothie bowl, you are significantly boosting the protein and iron content. Protein is important for helping you to repair and build muscle, as well as prolonging the feeling of being satiated, and iron is essential for the production of healthy red blood cells.
Having almond milk as the liquid base enables you to receive a very good dose of vitamins A and E – the former is important for good eye health, the latter for maintaining a healthy heart and healthy looking skin. And if you have chosen to add commercially produced almond milk that has been fortified with vitamins and minerals, then you will ensure that your smoothie has a good dose of vitamin B12, which is quite difficult to get from non-animal sources.
A single cup of strawberries contains as much as 149% of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin C, which is essential for the formation of healthy skin cells and enables effective wound healing. The antioxidants in strawberries scavenge free radicals and destroy them, preventing them from damaging healthy cells and thereby causing conditions like macular degeneration and cancer.
Many of the health benefits associated with blueberries are due to their high levels of antioxidants called anthocyanins. These antioxidants are thought to be responsible for their ability to protect against damage to cells that causes premature aging and cancer. They are also able to protect neuron cells in the brain and, therefore, prevent or slow the onset of neurodegenerative diseases.
Chia seeds significantly boost fiber content, as well as provide some very good amounts of protein, calcium and omega fatty acids. Due to the high level of fibre, a small quantity as a snack, or thrown into a smoothie, can help to stave off hunger pangs in the middle of the day, which enables you to maintain a healthy weight.
The health benefits associated with the consumption of coconut include it being able to support the immune system and improving absorption of calcium and magnesium, which allows the body to build stronger bones and helps prevent the development of osteoporosis.
The pumpkin seeds in this smoothie bowl will greatly increase the smoothie’s iron, zinc and magnesium content, which is very good news for the immune system. The immune system needs magnesium and zinc to function effectively. Iron is important for ensuring that healthy blood cells are created and oxygen is transported to where it’s needed.
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