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Superfood Smoothie Bowl Recipe & Video

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By Henry Ford Health System Staff

Let’s face it. You love smoothies. We love smoothies. They are a great way to pack a nutritional punch into breakfast or a snack. There are endless variations and ways to mix them up to your tastes and moods. And they are perfect when you’re busy and on the go.

But what about when you’re ready to be a little more mindful about your eating? Smoothie bowls are a new food trend that involve a layering of the foods that would be blended together as a smoothie. They must be enjoyed with a spoon instead of through a straw — eaten while sitting, thinking or talking — and allow you to experience more of the textures and colors of these ingredients you’ve chosen.

This smoothie bowl recipe includes “superfoods” like spinach, chia seeds and berries. What is a superfood? There’s no official scientific definition of what counts as a superfood, but it’s a term used for  nutrient-dense foods that include large doses of antioxidants, polyphenols, vitamins, and minerals per serving.

SUPERFOOD SMOOTHIE BOWL
Yield: 2 servings

Ingredients for your Kroger shopping list:
1 cup Kroger vanilla 0% fat Greek yogurt
1 cup pitted dark cherries, frozen
1 large banana
2 cups spinach, fresh
3 Tablespoons chia seeds
½ cup blueberries
3 Tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut
3 Tablespoons goji berries
1/4 cup low-fat granola
2 sprigs of mint

Directions:
Place yogurt, cherries, banana and spinach into a blender and blend until smooth. Divide blended ingredients between two
bowls. Top each bowl with remaining ingredients: chia seeds, blueberries, coconut, goji berries, low-fat granola and sprig of mint.

Chef Notes: Freeze banana ahead of time for an even thicker smoothie. Kellogg’s® Original Low-fat Granola and Navitas® goji berries are suggested. Any milk works well in this recipe. You can also experiment with toppings to add to your favorite smoothie recipe with a combinations of hemp seeds, sunflower seeds, flax meal, wheat germ, or any fruit or nut.

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING: 500 Calories; 11 grams Fat; 6 grams Saturated Fat; 0 mg Cholesterol; 180 mg Sodium; 85 grams Carbohydrates; 51 grams Sugar; 15 grams Fiber; 18 grams Protein

What are the health benefits of these ingredients?

  • Greek yogurt: Contains more protein than regular yogurt.
  • Dark cherries: Good source of potassium and vitamin C.
  • Spinach: Good source of vitamin A and vitamin C.
  • Chia seeds: Good source of calcium and iron; high in fiber, phosphorous, manganese and magnesium.
  • Bananas: Good source of potassium, fiber and vitamin C.
  • Blueberries: Good source of fiber and vitamin C.
  • Coconut: Good source of potassium and iron; high in fiber.
  • Goji berries: Good source of fiber and iron; high in vitamin A and vitamin C.

 

Henry Ford LiveWell and Kroger have teamed up to assist you in your wellness journey!  Stop by any of the four designated Kroger locations in Commerce Township, Dearborn, Shelby Township and Southgate on Wednesdays from 10 a.m.-1 p.m  and talk with a Henry Ford registered dietitian nutritionist about current food trends, how to cook for food allergies, what staples you need on-hand to prepare a fast, healthy meal, and more. Learn more about the program.

Looking for more info and want to make an appointment with a registered dietitian? Call 1-855-434-5483 or email ContactUs@henryfordlivewell.com.

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