Top 3: smoothie bowls

Grab a spoon and tuck into the healthy-eating trend Instagrammers are going crazy forMonday, 8 February 2016

Grab a spoon and tuck into the healthy-eating trend Instagrammers are going crazy for
Words: Joy McCarthy

Best for: mid-diet treat

Strawberry Cashew Smoothie Bowl

Satisfy your sweet tooth the natural way with this healthy recipe that's also rich in vitamin C – to guard against free radical damage. What's more, the high polyphenol levels will prevent a spike in blood sugar levels – which inevitably results in an energy dip, and that all-too-familiar chocolate craving!

Ingredients
10-15 fresh strawberries
2tbsp coconut butter
2tbsp hemp hearts
240ml cashew milk
1tbsp chia seeds
1/2 ripe avocado
Coconut flakes or cacao nibs

Instructions
Place all the ingredients into a blender and give them a whirl until smooth and creamy. Garnish with a sprinkling of coconut flakes and cacao nibs if you like a little crunch.

Best for: detox

Joyous Smoothie

Extremely detoxifying, raspberries dominate this recipe – throw in spinach and hemp seeds, and the result: an immune-strengthening powerhouse of a breakfast. Plus it also gives you an instant boost of energy – and tastes great. This recipe isn't as creamy as the other two, but it's just as tasty and nutritious.

Ingredients (serves two)
4tbsp hemp seeds
2 bananas
200g frozen organic raspberries
1/2 ripe avocado
360ml hemp or almond milk
360ml coconut water
1tsp pure vanilla extract
1tsp ground cinnamon
2 handfuls (loosely packed) spinach

Instructions

Throw all the ingredients into a blender, blend, then pour into a bowl or jar, and enjoy!

Best for: post-gym breakfast

Blueberry Bliss Smoothie Bowl

High in antioxidants, blueberries help to protect the brain and nervous system. Add in a healthy dose of protein and anti-inflammatory fatty acids, and this naturally sweet brekkie is great for balancing blood sugar levels and boosting your metabolism.

Ingredients (serves 1-2)
300g fresh or frozen wild blueberries
1 scoop of your favourite protein powder
2tbsp coconut butter
1/2 ripe avocado
1 banana
Cashew milk or coconut milk, as desired
Handful of granola
1tbsp coconut flakes for garnish and taste

Instructions
Place all ingredients into a blender (excluding coconut flakes and granola) and blitz until creamy and smooth. Pour into a cereal bowl and top with granola and coconut flakes.

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