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Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie Bowl



"Be a pineapple: stand tall, wear a crown and stay sweet on the inside". This phrase always puts a smile on my face and reminds me of one of the best pineapples I got to try during my stay on Maui, Hawaii. Apart from obviously being sweet and delicious, there is a lot more to this crown-wearing fruit. Pineapple contains an enzyme called bromelain. The latter is known for its anti-inflammatory properties. It also helps in reducing swelling and supports the breakdown of proteins, which makes it a good digestive aid. In my recipe today I incorporate pineapple in a sweet, tropical and anti-inflammatory smoothie bowl. This bowl makes a perfect fuel after an intense exercise session and also reduces the soreness and inflammation that go along with it. You probably can't wait to read the rest, right? The ingredients and instructions follow below.

ANTI-INFLAMMATORY SMOOTHIE BOWL

VEGAN, GLUTEN-FREE

YIELD: 1 portion


INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups pineapple

  • 1 banana

  • 1 tsp maca powder

  • 1/2 tsp ceylon cinnamon

  • 1/8 tsp turmeric powder *

  • 2 medjool dates

  • 1/2 cup coconut yogurt

  • 2 tsp hemp, chia and ground flax seeds *

  • 1 portion of plant-based protein powder (optional) **


For decoration/toppings

  • Couple of kiwi and orange slices

  • 1 tsp cacao nibs

  • 2 tsp frozen blueberries

  • 1 tsp coconut flakes

  • 1 tbsp buckwheat flakes

  • Touch of dried edible flowers for color (optional)


DIRECTIONS:

  1. Blend all of the ingredients to a smooth creamy consistency.

  2. Pour into your favorite breakfast bowl and arrange the toppings to your liking.

  3. Voilà! Enjoy!


NOTES:

* Along with pineapple, the omega-3 fatty acids (coming from the seeds) and the turmeric powder also have anti-inflammatory properties.

** Depending on the sweetness of your protein powder, should you decide to use one, you can alter the amount of dates.

Hope you enjoyed this recipe!


Sending you love,

Antoniya





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