Smoothie bowls are becoming popular not just because of their pleasing taste and eye-catching colors, but due to the health benefits you can get from them as well. What’s more, almost anyone can satisfy their taste buds with a smoothie bowl.
Let your creativity run wild by combining different types of fresh and organically grown fruits and vegetables to create a nutritious and delicious mix. An example is this Spinach, Mango and Pear Green Smoothie Bowl recipe from Naturally Savvy.
Not only is this something that your kids will enjoy, it’s also a good snack that mom and/or dad will love, and will set them up for improved health.
Getting your kids to eat healthy while they’re young can be difficult, but the rewards are beneficial, as the vitamins and nutrients in healthy foods, like the ingredients used in this recipe, can positively impact their growth and overall well-being.
Spinach is a leafy green that is abundant in different vitamins, B vitamins and minerals that benefit your nervous and cardiovascular systems.
Most of spinach’s health-promoting properties come from plant compounds called flavonoids, which prevent cholesterol oxidation and help combat free radicals in the body. Meanwhile, chlorophyll and other plant pigments called carotenoids in spinach can improve vision and provide anti-inflammatory and anti-cancerous properties.
It’s not hard to love mangoes because of their sweet taste, and even more so when you consider their health benefits. Apart from having vitamin C that boosts healthy immune function and collagen formation, mangoes have vitamin A that’s critical for bone growth and maintenance of healthy mucous membranes and skin. Meanwhile, mangoes also contain flavonoids with antioxidant and vision-protecting capabilities.
Make sure to eat mangoes in moderation, as the high fructose content can spell disaster if you eat too much of it. Note also that mangoes are allergenic for babies because of a chemical called urushiol that’s found in the rind,1 and may cause rashes around your baby’s bottom. According to Wholesome Baby Food, it would be ideal to start feeding mango to babies that are 8 months old and up.2
Apart from being tart and sweet enough to deliver sweetness to this smoothie bowl, pears have their benefits too, as they contain good amounts of:
- Vitamin C that fights infections
- Vitamin K that builds and preserves bone strength
- B vitamins that lessen incidence of colitis, arthritis, gallbladder disorders and gout
- Hydroxycinnamic and hydroxybenzoic acid that can prevent stomach and lung cancers
Plus, if you keep the peels intact, you’re exposed to quadruple amounts of plant nutrients, such as beta-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin. These can shield your body from free radicals and ensure a lower risk for type 2 diabetes, cancer and heart disease. The only caveat about pears, like mangoes, is their high fructose content, which can be dangerous when eaten excessively, so make sure to control your consumption of this fruit.
If you haven’t used coconut oil yet for your baby’s meals, now’s a good time to start. Coconut oil contains medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs), which are healthier compared to long-chain fatty acids (LCFAs) present in vegetable oils.3 MCFAs are easily digested, easier to break down, and go straight to your liver, allowing your body to convert these MCFAs into energy and not fat.
Coconut oil also has lauric acid that’s converted into monolaurin, a known virus-destroyer that works against lipid-coated HIV, herpes, flu, and measles viruses. Plus, coconut oil is capable of:
- Enhancing heart health
- Boosting healthy brain function and immune system
- Regulating proper thyroid function
- Keeping your skin healthy and youthful-looking