The Glow Bowl
I’m still trying to get used to the dark mornings in Vancouver. I’m missing the morning sky being lit, and the energy that my body draws from that light. It’s so easy to sink into the comfort, and lose the discipline that carried me through the last few months. I find that I need to prep my meals in advance to leave no room for excuses. I’m a big believer that breakfast is the most important meal, and one that I struggle with the most, so I wanted to get creative and whip something up that was easy, tasted good, and of course provided my body with the nutrients necessary for the day.
I took a peek in my freezer and found that the gorgeous blueberries left over from the summer were begging to be used up. I associate smoothies with summer, but I wanted something fresh, so I whipped up the Glow Bowl. My bowl consists of blueberries, coconut milk, combined with some greens (+lemon to eat my greens right), frozen banana, my go-to protein powder, and a few other goodies including:
Chia Seeds – remember that 90’s infomercial ‘chi-chi-chi-chia’ where you could grow greens on clay figures? Let’s just say, that’s insulting to this super food powerhouse! The chia seed is one of the highest sources of omega-3 fatty acids. This means that it can help bring down inflammation, feed your brain, and calm your nerves. It is unique in that it is a complete protein on its own (one of the few non-meat options). As well, it is highly mucilaginous (aka slimy) when soaked, being a form of soluble fibre, helping to keep your intestinal system flowing. It’s also known as the runner’s food, since it expands about 10x in size when mixed with a liquid keeping you full for longer.
Cinnamon – who doesn’t like cinnamon? It has thermogenic properties to internally raise the temperature and keep us warm during the colder months. It has been known to balance out blood sugar. It helps increase digestive fluid secretion to help break down foods for better assimilation. It is also used to treat diarrhea, menstrual cramps, arthritis, the flu, and even helps to calm the nerves. I’m thinking we all need a little more cinnamon in our lives!
The Glow Molecule with Glutathione by Fountain – According to Dr. Mark Hyman, MD, glutathione is “The Mother of All Antioxidants”. How did it get its reign? It is simply due to the fact that it provides nourishment to our cells in a super effective manner. With nourishment comes strength, and with strength comes immunity. It has been linked to decreasing toxins in the body, helps break down fat (keeping it easy on the organs internally), and has even known to go up against illnesses that are linked to a weak immune system. Since this molecule is nourishing our cells, it is keeping them plump and bringing out a ‘jeunesse’/youthful glow to the skin. This product in particular is a Beauty Award Winner in Cosmopolitan in 2014 + it tastes delicious (acai flavour)!
I typically make it the night before, and add my toppings just before I eat it. Check out my Glow Bowl Recipe and give it a go.
1. Combine all ingredients into a Vitamix 300 Professional Series, and blend until smooth.
2. Pour out into a bowl, sprinkle some toppings of your choice (may I suggest some healthy fats such as sliced nuts, coconut to tie the meal together), along with some fresh or dried fruit