I’m reading a book called The Mind-Gut Connection by Emeran Mayer right now and have been absolutely fascinated by the information I’ve learned so far. Mostly I’ve learned just how important our gut microbiome are. For instance, did you know that when we properly take care of our gut microbes, that’s the trillions of bacteria, fungi, and other microbes in your intestines, digesting food becomes much easier for our guts? In addition we are thought to experience:
- Better regulation of the bodies metabolism
- Processing and detoxification of dangerous chemicals that we invest in our food
- Training and regulation of the immune system
- Prevention of invasion and growth of dangerous pathogens
On the flip side, however, when our gut microbiome gets disturbed we are thought the experience:
- Inflammatory bowls disease
- Antibiotic associated diarrhea
- Autism spectrum disorders
- Neurodegenerative brain disorders like Parkinson’s
Our gut microbiome play such an important role in the functioning of our body that they’ve been classified as their own organ, crucial for our health. One of the best ways we can maintain healthy gut microbiome is to eat an assortment of high-fiber foods, fermented foods, and probiotics—avoiding antibiotics if possible.
This recipe is definitely one of my more simple recipes when it comes to smoothie bowls, but it still has plenty of nutrients to benefit from, including probiotics. I love adding greek yogurt to my smoothie bowls because not only do you get good probiotics to fuel your gut microbiome, but you also get the creamiest texture and taste! It’s also a healthy source of fat and protein for those who don’t care for the chalkiness from protein powder.
Here are all of the health properties of this simple smoothie bowl:
Potassium, magnesium, fiber:
Vitamin C, Vitamin A:
Fiber, Vitamin C:
Calcium, probiotics, healthy fat, and protein:
Vitamin C, copper and iron:
Maca root powder
Omega-3 fatty acids, iron, selenium, calcium, zinc, vitamin E and some B vitamins:
I hope you guys enjoy this pretty in pink bowl as much as I did, and I hope you learned a thing or two about those cool little bacteria, fungi, and microbes floating around in your gut. Be nice to them because they do an awful lot for you!
The last thing I will say is, don’t be afraid to get creative with the ingredients! If you don’t have something I list below, substitute it with something else. Experimenting with smoothies is so fun and most of the time, the only thing that can go wrong is the color. Truth be told…I’ve made some dang ugly smoothie bowls with the hope they would turn out to be some spectacular color (whoops). Other than that, there’s nothing a little honey or fruit can’t fix.
Alright guys, I’ll stop rambling now that way you can start blending. If you try this recipe and love it (or hate it) leave a comment below with your thoughts! Feedback means everything to me from you guys and it helps me know what I’m doing well, while also taking into account the things I could improve.
- 1 frozen banana
- 1/2 cup frozen peaches
- 1/2 cup frozen raspberries
- 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
- 1 inch x 1 inch cube of fresh ginger
- 1 tbsp maca powder
- 1 tsp honey
- 1 cup unsweetened walnut milk
- Stack blender from top of the ingredient list to the bottom and blend together, stopping when necessary to scrape the edges.
- Once all ingredients are blended to a thick and creamy texture, pour the smoothie into a bowl.
- Top with your favorites! I used a coconut almond granola, coconut chips, hemp hearts, and blueberries.
-If the color of your bowl doesn’t bother you, throw in a handful of greens for some extra nutrients and energy.
-A easy substitute for honey is maple syrup or agave.
-A easy substitute for walnut milk is almond milk, cashew milk, coconut water, etc.