• 2

    Bowls

  • Prep Time 5'

  • Total Time 10'

  • Easy

  • No refined sugar

Tropical smoothie bowl with sea buckthorn recipe

  • 2

    Bowls

  • Prep Time 5'

  • Total Time 10'

  • Easy

  • No refined sugar

I may not be the biggest fan of cold winters, but I love that it is an excuse to cosy up and hibernate inside. Winters are the time when I can spend hours in my kitchen, cooking up warm, comforting recipes for myself, as well as my friends and family. My slow cooker does not get much of a break, I am all about hearty stews and soups this time of year. Most of my friends are in agreement that no matter what we are eating, it has to be something warm!

I seem to be throwing cinnamon, cayenne, pumpkin, coriander, ginger and turmeric in all my dishes. While these are all my favourite spices, everything is starting to taste similar. The last thing I want to do as a chef is bore my taste buds. The best way to prevent this – change the flavour palette.

This morning I did just that. It is still close to freezing outside, but my mind was somewhere tropical. This may have something to do with the fact that I am way overdue for a beach vacation or that I was going through old summer clothes. Whatever the reason may be, I was inspired to unplug the slow cooker and keep the stove off this morning. A smoothie bowl was calling my name, and I am so glad I listened.

I dug out my blender that had been collecting dust since summer. Thankfully, I always have some sort of fruit on hand, either fresh or frozen. I may have woke my boyfriend up with the sound of the blender, but I like to believe it was the fruity scent that was permeating through the kitchen that jolted him out of bed.

This deliciousness was all the yummy ingredients that were blending together to make the base of my tropical smoothie bowl. I used pineapples, bananas, beetroot, figs, coconut milk and two Erbology Organic Sea Buckthorn Shots. I held the berries this morning because I could not resist the sweet smell of the pineapple and bananas. They are in season right now so are an absolute must!

Although it sometimes seems that I simply make food because it’s pretty, my first thought is always the nutritional value. Especially with breakfast, I do not mess around. No matter what I make, it needs to get me going, at least through lunch. I want to be energized during my workout, focused at work and present in all interactions. I have found that a nutritious and satisfying breakfast is the key to achieving my optimal level of functioning, plus I am just a nicer person when I am well fed.

These particular ingredients all work well together in terms of their flavour and complementary health benefits. Pineapple is high in vitamin C, which provides immune system support, and manganese that helps strengthen bones. Bananas are high in fibre, which helps with digestion. They are also loaded with potassium that promotes muscle strength and helps to keep brain activity at a normal level. I like to have a banana before or I hit the gym. And whenever my stomach is feeling off, a banana usually does the trick. The beetroot is a wonderful cleanser. It is known to support healthy functioning of the heart and liver, fight inflammation and promote brain functioning. Figs are high in fibre and enzymes that are able to metabolize protein into amino acids. Finally, I chose coconut milk as my nut milk because it adds a rich and creamy consistency.

You may think a cold smoothie is crazy, but I’m telling you it is not. I hope you can put your ripe fruit to use, start blending away.

If I didn’t have you sold with the flavours, maybe you will be convinced after you see how easy it is to make. The great thing about a smoothie bowl is that there is really no preparation required. I select my ingredients based on what I have on hand and what is in season. I throw everything into the blender and it does the rest of the work. The clean-up is super quick too, which helps me get out the door on time.

What makes sea buckthorn so healthy?

The sea buckthorn berries are quite spectacular. They are packed with omega-7s, vitamin C and E, folic acid, flavonoids and beta-carotene. The small, orange berries are found only on the female sea buckthorn plants.

Sea buckthorn stands out because of its omega-7 content in the pulp of the berries. Omega-7, or palmitoleic acid, does wonders for our health but is rarely found in the plant world. It is known to support cardiovascular health and fight the harmful effects of the metabolic syndrome. Omega-7 has been studied for its ability to regulate the mucous membranes in our bodies. Our metabolism is essentially a network of these membranes and if they become either dry or irritated, there can be serious implications to our health (1,2).

The vibrant orange colour of these little berries can be attributed to the beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is a form of vitamin A that is found in plants, the other, active vitamin A is naturally occurringg in animal products. Retinoids or active vitamin A plays an important role for healthy vision, cell and bone tissue growth, and immune function. In contrast, carotenoids such as beta-carotene must first be converted into vitamin A. Once converted, we rely on vitamin A to maintain healthy skin, eyes, and boost our immune system. Our bodies must convert this type of carotenoid into retinal and retinoic acid to be used by our bodies (3,4).

The vitamin C in sea buckthorn goes beyond fighting the common cold, it is critical to the formation of collagen. Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body, found throughout the body but especially in our bones, muscles, skin, and tendons (3). Made up of fibroblast cells, collagen is essentially the “glue” that holds us together. Fibroblast cells are the principle active cells that form a connective tissue so that our cells can grow. With age, the collagen levels in this connective tissue layer of our skin decreases and we start to see wrinkles and other visible signs of aging (5,6).

Sea buckthorn antioxidant properties are further boosted by vitamin E. We need vitamin E to prevent the harm caused by free radicals in our bodies, particularly the effects of cholesterol. Vitamin E helps fight oxidized cholesterol, the potentially harmful type that gets built up on our artery walls. Vitamin E also strengthens the capillary wall in our skin and improves its moisture and elasticity (3,7).

It is no wonder that the sea buckthorn berries are considered a ‘holy’ fruit in the Himalayan mountains. Their impressive nutritional profile and sharp, fruity flavour make them a great addition to many dishes.

Written By: Danielle Bear

 

(1) Zielińska, Aleksandra, and Izabela Nowak. “Abundance of Active Ingredients in Sea-Buckthorn Oil.” Lipids in Health and Disease, BioMed Central, 2017, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5438513/.

(2)“ Omega-7 An Overlooked Fatty Acid.” LifeExtension.com, www.lifeextension.com/Magazine/2016/5/Omega-7-An-Overlooked-Fatty-Acid/Page-01.

(3) “Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS).” NIH Office of Dietary Supplements, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, ods.od.nih.gov/.

(4) Dabfm, et al. “Vitamin A: Health Benefits, Best Foods, and More.” Dr. Group’s Healthy Living Articles, Global Healing Center, Inc, 18 Feb. 2016, www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/health-benefits-of-vitamin-a/#1.

(5) Ngan, Vanessa. “Collagen Replacement Therapy.” Collagen Replacement Therapy | DermNet New Zealand, 2002, www.dermnetnz.org/topics/collagen-replacement-therapy/.

(6) Chambial, Shailja, et al. “Vitamin C in Disease Prevention and Cure: An Overview.” Indian Journal of Clinical Biochemistry, Springer India, Oct. 2013, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3783921/.

(7) Nita, et al. “The Role of the Reactive Oxygen Species and Oxidative Stress in the Pathomechanism of the Age-Related Ocular Diseases and Other Pathologies of the Anterior and Posterior Eye Segments in Adults.” Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity, Hindawi, 10 Jan. 2016, www.hindawi.com/journals/omcl/2016/3164734/.

Ingredients

  • 2 Erbology Organic Sea Buckthorn Shots
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • ¾  cup chopped pineapple
  • ½ cup grated raw beetroot
  • ¼ cup grated fresh or dried figs (or dried apricots)
  • ½ cup full fat coconut milk
To garnish (optional):
  • 3-4 figs, chopped or sliced
  • ½ banana, sliced
  • ½ tsp black sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp coconut chips

Here's how you make it

  1. Simply blend all the ingredients in a high-speed blender. Pulse until you reach your desired consistency. I tend to keep it thicker for a bowl because I like to be able to eat it with a spoon.
  2. Garnish with sliced banana, coconut chips, figs and sesame seeds. You can also add anything else here, I usually top smoothie bowls with Erbology Organic Tigernut Granola.

Tags

  • Beta-carotene
  • Booster
  • Breakfast
  • Energy
  • Light dishes
  • Omega 7
  • Sea buckthorn berries
  • Smoothie
  • Tropical
  • Vitamin C

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