If you are looking for a recipe for breakfast that is quick and easy, then a smoothie is a go-to. It doesn’t need much prep, and then you’re good to go. But if you want to eat rather than drink your breakfast, then a smoothie bowl is a great option. So how about this cherry smoothie bowl that is nutrient-rich, but also budget-friendly?
We are pretty much nearing the end of cherry season, but they really are a wonder fruit.
Here are some of the many nutritional benefits that come from cherries:
For stress and insomnia: they contain high levels of tryptophan, serotonin and melatonin, according to the University of Extremadura. These elements make them an effective enhancer of the immune system and assist with regulating the mood and sleep cycle.
Anti aging: thanks to their rich content in flavonoids, as well as in vitamins A and C, they are also a powerful antioxidant, which helps fight cell aging.
Diuretics and depuratives: their content in oligoelements and potassium gives cherries an important diuretic and depurative power. They are effective in the elimination of liquids and help to reduce the sensation of hunger.
Preventing anemia: thanks to their high mineral content, cherries are a food that helps prevent various types of anemia.
Helping the heart: for their low-fat content, their antioxidant effect, their anti-inflammatory power and their capacity to improve cholesterol levels.
Vitamins for skin and hair: cherries also help to fix the water in the cells of the body due to the antioxidant elements and mineral salts they contain. Therefore, cherries are a moisturising supplement for skin and hair. Also, they protect us from free radicals, providing luminosity to the skin. And, finally, they are an important source of vitamins, C, B and A.
Sounds amazing, right? Plus, added in with some other foods, a cherry smoothie bowl can be packed with nutritional goodness. Here is the recipe that you can try, it really is quick and easy.
Cherry Smoothie Bowl
timing: 10 minutes
- 1 cup frozen cherries (make sure they are de-stoned)
- 1 cup spinach
- 1 banana
- 1/2 cup milk of choice (I use oat milk)
- 1 tbsp peanut butter (or other nut or seed butter of choice)
- 1 tsp chia seeds
- 1/4 cup fresh cherries, de-stoned and chopped
You can top with any additional toppings that you would like, such as granola, seeds, cacao nibs, or coconut flakes, for example.
- Place the frozen cherries, spinach, banana (chopped), milk, nut butter and chia seeds in blender, and mix until smooth.
- Serve immediately, by pouring into a bowl, and then top with chopped fresh cherries, and nay other toppings of your choice.