Why the Green Leprechaun Smoothie Bowl is What You Want this St. Patrick’s Day
Written by: Emily Borgeest
Get in the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day by starting your day off with a Green Leprechaun Smoothie Bowl!
Whether you’re marching in a parade, going on a bar crawl, or simply going about your day as usual, this nutrient-dense, hydrating, superfood smoothie bowl will fuel and energize you.
Here are the topline health benefits of the core ingredients in the Green Leprechaun Smoothie Bowl:
- Bananas – These are high in tryptophan, which helps overcome depression by converting to serotonin. Bananas protect against muscle cramps, regulate blood sugar and are high in potassium.
- Mango – These are high in cancer-fighting antioxidants, high in fiber and vitamin C, which helps lower cholesterol, promotes clear skin and alkalizes the body. Mangoes are also high in vitamin A, which promotes good eyesight and prevents night blindness and dry eyes.
- Spinach – Spinach is full of vitamins, antioxidants and minerals. It is also high in chlorophyll, which is anti-inflammatory and anti-cancerous. Spinach is also a good source of iron.
- Avocado – These are high in potassium, loaded with heart-healthy monounsaturated fats and help to lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
- Flax Seeds – These are high in fiber and omega-3 essential fatty acids (“good” fats) and are also anti-inflammatory.
- Kiwi – These are high in vitamin C and contain actinidin, a protein-dissolving enzyme that helps digestion. Additionally, kiwis aid in detoxification (the fuzzy fibers help bind and move toxins from the intestinal tract) and are a low glycemic fruit that won’t cause a spike in blood sugar.
- Blueberries – These have a low-glycemic index, are high in fiber and vitamin C and contain cancer-fighting antioxidants.
- Goji Berries – Chinese monks use Goji berries – commonly referred to as “red diamonds” – for medicinal purposes. These berries have been used to treat diabetes, high blood pressure, fevers and age-related eye problems. They are high in antioxidants and rich in vitamin A. These compounds boost the immune system and provide anti-aging benefits.
- Bee Pollen – Bee pollen is a complete food that is richer in proteins than any animal source. It is a natural energizer, skin soother (often used in products to treat skin irritations, such as eczema) and immune system booster. Additionally, bee pollen contains enzymes that aid in digestion and assist the body in getting all the nutrients out of consumed food.
- Coconut – These are an excellent source of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and amino acids. They are packed with calcium, potassium, magnesium and are loaded with electrolytes.
Green Leprechaun Smoothie Bowl
Author: Emily Borgeest
Recipe type: Smoothie
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 cup frozen mango (can sub for pineapple)
- 2 handfuls spinach
- ¼ avocado
- 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds
- ½ cup coconut water
- ½ cup almond milk
- Blend all ingredients together, pour into a bowl and top with sliced kiwi, blueberries, goji berries, bee pollen and shredded coconut. Enjoy!
Certified Holistic Health Coach and Founder at Cleo’s Wholesome Crunch LLC
Emily Borgeest is a Certified Holistic Health Coach, founder of Cleo’s Wholesome Crunch LLC, an organic, gluten and sugar-free line of granola and cookies and a public relations professional based in New York City.Emily holds a Certification from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, the world’s largest nutrition school and the only school integrating over 100 dietary theories, from traditional philosophies like ayurveda and macrobiotics, to modern concepts.
In her free time, Emily enjoys cooking nutrient-dense foods and baking with superfoods and gluten-free flours, without refined sugar. She is a fitness enthusiast and makes an effort to break a sweat each day, whether it’s through a run, weight training session, or kickboxing. Emily thrives on helping people become their most vibrant self through clean eating and exercise.
Latest posts by Emily Borgeest (see all)
SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS