Berry Banana Smoothie Bowl

This Berry Banana Smoothie Bowl recipe is my favorite new breakfast recipe. Not only is it easy to prepare, it’s filing, fast and filled with healthy raw ingredients. I am trying to consume a lot of immune boosting ingredients right now. Strawberries are packed with fiber, vitamins and a high level of antioxidants. Using strawberries in smoothies and smoothie bowls adds color and great flavor to your recipes.

Blueberries are also a great immune boosting fruit. One cup of blueberries has four essential nutrients, including fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K and manganese. Now is a great time to be enjoying them because they are in peak season. I always have bananas in my kitchen. Bananas are high in vitamin B6. This vitamin is needed to keep the immune system functioning properly.

Smoothie bowls have so many health benefits. Read on, and you’ll see why I love them so much.

  • Smoothie bowls contain all-natural ingredients. Most of the ingredients are raw, so they are packed with vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and antioxidants.
  • They are made with natural superfoods that are high in fiber. This aids in digestion and keeps you feeling full longer.
  • Many smoothie bowls contain anti-inflammatory ingredients.
  • Smoothie bowl recipes are loaded with vitamin C, which may help boost the immune system.
  • Many smoothie bowls include dairy products and other ingredients that are rich in calcium, which helps improve bone density and prevent osteoporosis. If you use nondairy milk, make sure to purchase one that is fortified with calcium.)

This smoothie bowl recipe is one of 200 of my recipes in my latest cookbook 200 Best Smoothie Bowl recipes. Recipe courtesy of 200 Best Smoothie Bowls by Alison Lewis © 2016 www.robertrose.ca  Reprinted with permission. Available where books are sold. Image credit: Colin Erricson

Immune Boosting Smoothie Shots

These Immune Boosting Smoothie Shots are a fabulous way to kick off the week. In only five minutes and a quick few sips, you will get a healthy serving of immune boosting raw fruit and vegetables. Place all of the ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. If you want the mixture colder or thicker add ice and for added protein, add protein powder. Adding half of an avocado also adds thickness and more vitamins.

I love making these for my family for a simple way to get vitamins and minerals naturally. Kale is frequently called “the queen of greens” and “a nutritional powerhouse.” Kale is high in Vitamin C, which is helpful to keep your immune system strong. Kale is high Vitamin A is great for your vision and your skin. Just one cup of kale contains 206% of our daily vitamin A requirement. Kale is also high in calcium, iron and K, so it’s an all-around winning vegetable.

These Immune Boosting Smoothie Shots also contain blueberries, which are also two fantastic ingredients to help keep your immune system strong. Blueberries have been linked to so many health benefits. One cup of blueberries has four essential nutrients, including fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K and manganese.

Get your pineapple fix while you also boost your immune system. Did you know that pineapple has more vitamin C than an orange? You can also get your fix of Vitamins A, B6, E, and K, Calcium, Folate, Iron and Zinc by consuming pineapple. Some studies show the vitamins and minerals in pineapple can help shorten viral and bacterial infections and also help strengthen your bones. I’m ready to make another batch. Stay health everyone and have a great week!

Blueberry Spritzer

This Blueberry Spritzer recipe is a refreshing summer mocktail, just in time for Memorial Day weekend. If you’ve been following me and my recipes, you know I like easy. This yummy beverage is only three ingredients. Kids and and adults love it!

If you’re one of the lucky people heading to the beach or lake this weekend, put these ingredients on our grocery list now. If you’re like me and staying home, this recipe will hopefully will make you feel better. My Blueberry Spritzer uses Pomegranate Blueberry Juice, which is 100% juice with no added sugar. If you want to turn this recipe into a cocktail, add desired amount of vodka (be careful here).

Blueberries are a nutritional powerhouse. Tufts University conducted a study of 60 various fruits and vegetables and found that blueberries rated the highest for their antioxidant capabilities. Blueberries have been linked to so many health benefits. Areas of blueberries with blueberries show that they also may assist with improving brain health, cardiovascular health, aging  eyesight and more. One cup of blueberries has four essential nutrients, including fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K and manganese.

When purchasing blueberries, look for smooth, plump berries that are a deep purple or blue-black color. Refrigerate them as soon as you get home and wash before using. Most blueberries will last 7-10 days. If you want to grow your own, spring or fall is usually the best time to do this. Choose a sunny, well-drained location. Raised beds and containers work well if you don’t have good soil. Frozen blueberries are awesome too. Just defrost before using, unless you are adding them to a smoothie or smoothie bowl recipe.

Have a great weekend and enjoy! Alison

Skillet Blueberry Crisp

Skillet Blueberry Cobbler

Blueberries are at their peak season right now with most grocery stores selling them buy one get one free. I made this Skillet Blueberry Crisp on Sunday night, which only takes 10 minutes of preparation time. It’s so easy, healthy and tastes fantastic! My husband said this blueberry crisp was so good that it did not even need vanilla ice cream (or frozen yogurt to top it off). If you have some on hand and want that cold and warm temperature combination, feel free to add it. I used my 61/2-inch cast-iron skillet, but if you only have the larger one, you can double the recipe. Blueberries are also healthy for you. In only 80 calories per cup and virtually no fat, blueberries offer many nutritional benefits. They are packed with Vitamin C and are a good source of manganese (which is important in bone health). Blueberries have antioxidants that can improve vision and promote quicker adjustment of the eyes to darkness. They can also improve memory and reduce the risk of infections. They have high levels of compounds that help widen arteries and can help blood flow. Blueberries are also a good source of fiber, and they have phytonutrients that protect cells from damage. This recipe is great to serve to kick off summer, and it will be awesome to serve on Memorial Day and Fathers’s Day too!

Detox Shots

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These green juice Detox Shots are an amazingly healthy way to start off your day. I made this with my favorite healthy ingredients, and all you need is 5 minutes. Place the ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. If you want the mixture colder or thicker add ice and for added protein, add protein powder. You can drink this as a smoothie/green juice or serve as Detox shots which is a fun twist to get vitamins and minerals naturally. I have had one shot or glass since Sunday, and two friends asked me today why my skin was glowing and looks so even colored. I wonder if it has to do with drinking these, but regardless, I fell energized and not sluggish and I know I am doing something wonderful for my body! For Health Benefits of Kale see my article on MindBodyGreen which has had 83,000 shares and my top benefits of blueberries can be found here.

Blueberry Banana Bread Recipe

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Since the kids love blueberries and bananas, I found Giada De Laurentiis recipe for Blueberry Banana Bread and it was fantastic! I made some tweeks to it and here it is. This is perfect for breakfast, dessert or an after school snack. Our schools are already starting next week so this will definitely be on my to-cook list. With just 80 calories per cup and virtually no fat, blueberries offer many nutritional benefits. They are packed with Vitamin C, fiber, full of antioxidants and a good source of manganese (which is important in bone health). Enjoy this Blueberry Banana Bread recipe with a cup of coffee, milk or just on its own!

 

My Top 10 Favorite “Power” Foods

I get a lot of email, and I mean, a lot. So many people ask me cooking questions, nutrition questions, entrepreneur advice, blog advice, social media advice, have comments and more. Sometimes, I get the simple questions such as, “How do you keep so fit? “What do you eat all day?” etc. I thought I would share my top 10 favorite “power” foods. When I say “power”, I mean foods that I love, foods that I feel give me energy, keep me healthy and foods I can’t go without most every day.

1. Greek Yogurt-With 2.5 grams of protein per ounce and hardly any fat or carbs, what could be better? I stir honey into mine with blueberries or bananas, nuts or whole grain cereal, and I eat it for breakfast or an afternoon snack. It is so filling and tastes great (I use the nonfat or low-fat by the way). See Greek Yogurt Banana Bread

2. Blueberries-These have the highest antioxidant value of all fruit plus they have many vitamins: B, C, E, and they boost your immune system. We always have a bowl of fresh blueberries ready to grab. See  Blueberry Pancakes

3. Almonds or Walnuts-These are a great heart-healthy snack filled with protein, vitamins, minerals and good for your digestive system. I don’t go one day without a handful. See Chunky Granola

4. Acai or pomegranate juice-Acai has been said to have antioxidant benefits and anti-aging properties and omega fatty acids. I think it gives me energy as well. You can buy the frozen Sambazon smoothie packs at Whole Foods, in solid bars, or in a bottle (I like the 100% Genesis Today Acai juice).  See Cranberry Pomegranate Granita

5. Salmon-High in the health promoting fat, omega 3 fatty acids, high protein, and low in calories. I prefer Alaskan wild salmon. Salmon is one of my tried and true favorites. The best part of all is that my 3 kids love it too. See Salmon Burgers

6. Edamame-High in protein, fiber and calcium and low in calories and fat.  I can’t get enough of these. I purchase them already shelled in the frozen section and just thaw. They are great served in a salad, as a snack or as a topping. See Edamame Salsa

7. Gold Bars-These bars are my all-time favorite snack bars. With 11 grams of protein from soy, nuts and whole grains, these satisfy my hunger as well as sugar cravings. I love them in the morning with coffee or as a snack. See Grab the Gold Bar

8. Flaxseed-High in fiber and omega 3 fatty acids, I put ground flaxseed in everything from cereal, to yogurt, granola and even as a crust on salmon or chicken. See Flaxseed Crusted Salmon

9. Arugula-High in Vitamin C and K, I love arugula for it’s peppery taste and beautiful color. Try it with golden raisins, nuts and freshly shaved Parmesan or simply topped with grilled chicken or steamed shrimp. I’m a huge fan and can’t get enough of it. See Black Eyed Pea Salad over Arugula

10. Dark Chocolate-Dark Chocolate is said to contain flavonoids so it’s heart healthy, contains antioxidants and may even reduce aging. Try Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies