Acai Bowl

Acai Bowl

Two Glasses with Detox Green Smoothie

Acai berries have recently become a popular superfood.

While this berry is small, it is packed with nutrients, antioxidants and many health benefits. This recipe capitalizes on its bold flavour to create a bowl perfect for breakfast or lunch!

Acai berries are high in antioxidants which help prevent the body from free radical damage. Free radicals are made by the body through natural molecular processes and introduced into the body through environmental toxins. If free radicals are not neutralized in the body by antioxidants, they can cause damage and ultimately lead to disease. By neutralizing free radicals due to the high antioxidant content, acai berries help to protect the body against diseases such as cancer and diabetes (1). To learn more about the many benefits of acai berries, check out our acai berry article.

In addition to utilizing acai berry powder, this recipe contains many other healthy fruits. This is helpful as a diet rich in a wide-range of fruits provides a variety of fibres that help diversify the gut microbiome (2).

Kiwi is a particularly important food to highlight when discussing digestive health. Kiwi has been shown to have a positive impact on irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptoms such as abdominal discomfort and constipation. This ability is attributed to its high-water content and rich fibre content (3). Kiwi also benefits the gut microbiome. It contains the proteolytic enzyme, actinidin, which assists with the digestion of protein (3). 

The fruit in this recipe aren’t the only elements assisting with digestion. The hemp seeds and chia seeds are also high in fibre content. The fibre in these seeds simultaneously feed the good bacteria in your gut and add bulk to your stool, helping you easily pass waste (4). 

When a bowl is this colourful, this nutritious, and this easy… it is too good not to try!

 

References:

  1. Florence, T. (1995). The role of free radicals in disease. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Ophthalmology. 23(1), 3-7. doi: 10.1111/j.1442-9071.1995.tb01638.x
  2. Holscher, H. (2017). Dietary fiber and prebiotics and the gastrointestinal microbiota. Gut Microbes. 8(2), 172-184. doi: 10.1080/19490976.2017.1290756
  3. Richardson, D., Ansell, J., & Drummond, L. (2018). The nutritional and health attributes of kiwifruit: a review. European Journal of Nutrition. 57(8), 2659-2676. doi: 10.1007/s00394-018-1627-z
  4. Slavin, J. (2013). Fiber and prebioitics: mechanisms and health benefits. Nutrients. 5(4), 1417-1435. doi: 10.3390/nu5041417

 

Acai Bowl

Acai berries have recently become a popular superfood. While this berry is small, it is packed with nutrients, antioxidants and many health benefits.
Prep Time 7 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Servings 31 servings

Ingredients
  

  • ¼ cup Oats
  • ¼ cup Almonds crushed
  • tsps Coconut Oil
  • tsps Raw Honey
  • 2 Bananas
  • 2 cups Frozen Berries
  • 1 cup Baby Spinach
  • 1 cup Almond Milk unsweetened
  • 2 tbsps Ground Flax Seed
  • 2 tbsps Chia Seeds
  • 2 tbsps Acai Powder
  • 2 tsps Cinnomon
  • ½ cup Strawberries sliced
  • ½ cup Blueberries
  • 1 Kiwi sliced
  • ½ Nectarine chopped
  • 1 tbsp Hemp Seeds

Instructions
 

  • First, prepare the granola on the stovetop by toasting oats and crushed almonds at medium-low heat for approximately 5 minutes. Add coconut oil and honey. Stir to evenly coat ingredients for another 2-3 minutes. Remove mixture from heat and set aside.
  • Place banana, frozen berries, spinach, almond milk, ground flax seed, chia seeds, acai powder and cinnamon into a blender. Blend well until smooth.
  • Divide fruit mixture evenly into bowls. Top with strawberries, blueberries, kiwi, nectarine, hemp seeds and granola. Enjoy!

Notes

Nutrition Per 1 Serving:
 
Calories - 402
Sugar - 30g
Fiber - 15g
Carbs - 60g
Fat - 17g
Protein - 10g
Detox Green Smoothie with Chlorella

Detox Green Smoothie with Chlorella

Two Glasses with Detox Green Smoothie

Along with storing some vitamins and minerals, our liver is vital for removing toxins from our body.

Over time our body accumulates both natural and man-made toxins. As our cells are hard at work performing many functions, they produce natural toxins as a by-product. 

At the same time, we are likely consuming man-made toxins (i.e. chemicals) from the air, food, and water we consume. A healthy liver will work to rid our bodies of these toxins, and consuming a healthy diet is important to support the liver in its natural detoxification process.

Cruciferous vegetables have been identified as an important ingredient to support your liver. This category of vegetables includes kale, as found in this recipe. When consumed, it can help increase the enzymes used by the liver to breakdown toxins, which is an important step before toxins can be discarded (1).

One of the specific types of toxins produced by cells and consumed as pollutants, are compounds called free radicals. Free radicals contribute to aging and can exacerbate a number of medical conditions. Our body uses antioxidants to detoxify free radicals. A number of vitamins serve as antioxidants including vitamin A, E, and C (2). Lemon is particularly high in vitamin C and is therefore a great food choice to neutralize free radicals.

Packed with kale and lemon, along with some of our other favourites including cucumber, pear, and ginger – this Detox Green Smoothie is the perfect fit to add to your detox meal plan! Plus, with a 10-minute prep time, this is an awesome recipe to accommodate your busy morning routine.

You can learn more about “detoxing 101“, including key differences between detoxing and cleansing in this article! Or, if you can download your copy of our 1-week Detox Meal Plan today!

1-Week Detox Meal Plan

References:

1. Manchali, A., Murthy, K.N.C., & Patil, B.S. (2012). Crucial facts about health benefits of popular cruciferous vegetables. Journal of Functional Foods, 4(1), 94-106. doi: 10.1016/j.jff.2011.08.004

2. Abdullah, M., Jamili, R.T., & Attia, F.N. (2020). Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid). [Updated 2020 Nov 30]. In: StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2021 Jan-. Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK499877/

Detox Green Smoothie with Chlorella

Along with storing some vitamins and minerals, our liver is vital for removing toxins from our body. Over time our body accumulates both natural and man-made toxins. As our cells are hard at work performing many functions, they produce natural toxins as a by-product. At the same time, we are likely consuming man-made toxins (i.e. chemicals) from the air, food, and water we consume. A healthy liver will work to rid our bodies of these toxins, and consuming a healthy diet is important to support the liver in its natural detoxification process.
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Servings 1 serving

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Banana frozen
  • ½ cup Pineapple
  • ¼ Cucumber
  • Handful Spinach and/or Kale
  • 2 tbsp Hemp Hearts
  • 1 inch Ginger
  • 1-2 tsp Chlorella
  • 1 cup Nut Milk of Choice substitute coconut water

Instructions
 

  • Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender. Blend and enjoy!