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  • 2

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    Prep Time 5'

  • Total Time

    Total Time 10'

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  • No refined sugar

    No refined sugar

Tropical smoothie bowl with sea buckthorn recipe

  • 2

    Bowls

  • Prep Time

    Prep Time 5'

    PT5M
  • Total Time

    Total Time 10'

    PT10M
  • Easy

    Easy

  • No refined sugar

    No refined sugar

Vegan

The Swiss doctor and nutritionist Maximilian Bircher-Benner was remarkably ahead of his time, as an early advocate of the benefits of eating plenty of raw fruit. Bircher muesli, named after the good doctor, has long been one of our favourite breakfasts – moist, fresh, layered with textures and flavours.

Perhaps fancifully, we think of this recipe as being a contemporary version of Bircher muesli rather than being your garden-variety yogurt bowl. Certainly, the basic building blocks are there. For instance, you have the characteristic combination of grated fresh fruit, fruit juice and milk, dried fruit, and a starch – banana rather than the oats that are the main ingredient of Bircher muesli.

 

sea buckthorn smoothie

 

In addition, while he might mourn the absence of his beloved locally sourced apples, Bircher would no doubt be a huge enthusiast of the fresh fruits that are now available to us thanks to technology. Certainly, essential potassium, found in bananas, help maintain brain activity, while beetroot is extraordinarily cleansing. In turn, figs contain enzymes that are able to metabolise protein into amino acids.

It’s a smoothie, it’s a bowl, it’s a Bircher

Certainly, it’s how you choose to present these ingredients that will determine if the dish – or drink – you end up with actually resembles Bircher muesli. For instance, you could liquidise for a smoothie, put together as a yogurt bowl, or add extra liquid to the mashed banana for that lovely mushy effect that Bircher popularised.

Bircher served his invention to patients at his sanatorium in the Swiss mountains. Certainly taking a rest cure in such an environment is still quite appealing. However, it’s now tropical shores that come to mind when I crave deep relaxation. That is to say, if a holiday eludes you, put your longings into a breakfast with the flavours of the tropics!

Why choose sea buckthorn?

Erbology Organic Sea Buckthorn Shots are the stars of this dish for us. Packed with omega-7 fatty acids, vitamin C and E, folic acid, flavonoids and beta-carotene, sea buckthorn berries are quite spectacular. Moreover, these small, orange berries are found only on female sea buckthorn plants, making them tangential but genuine symbols of another one of our passions – feminism. Considered holy fruits in the dizzying heights of the Himalayan mountains, the virtues and sharp, fruity flavour of sea buckthorn are now reaching us down below.

Omega-7, or palmitoleic acid, does wonders for our health but is rarely found in the plant world. Research supports the role of this acid in regulation of the mucous membranes in our bodies. Above all, our metabolism is essentially a network of these membranes and there are profound health implications for their maintenance.(1)(2) That is to say, sea buckthorn berry pulp is wonderfully rich in omega-7.

The vibrant orange colour of these little berries can be attributed to beta-carotene, a form of vitamin A that is found in plants. Our bodies then convert beta-carotene into retinal and retinoic acid which contribute to healthy vision, cell and bone tissue growth, and immune function.(3)(4)

 

energy boost

 

Gluing yourself together

Made up of fibroblast cells, collagen is essentially the “glue” that holds us – and our bones, muscle, skin and tendons – together. That is to say, the vitamin C in sea buckthorn is essential for collagen formation. Moreover, as many will already know, collagen also plumps up our facial skin and the cells that form it.(5)(6) That is to say, promoting collagen formation is essential to skin health and ageing as gracefully as possible.

In conclusion, we’ll be dreaming of turquoise waters and Swiss mountains tomorrow morning.

References

(1) Zielińska, Aleksandra, and Izabela Nowak. “Abundance of Active Ingredients in Sea-Buckthorn Oil.” Lipids in Health and Disease, BioMed Central, 2017, https://bit.ly/2O7zFyK.

(2)“ Omega-7 An Overlooked Fatty Acid.” LifeExtension.com, https://bit.ly/2tSvE7o.

(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, 2016, https://bit.ly/2WX4UAE.

(5) Ngan, Vanessa. “Collagen Replacement Therapy.” Collagen Replacement Therapy | DermNet New Zealand, 2002, https://bit.ly/2Zpj8uy.

(6) Chambial, Shailja, et al. “Vitamin C in Disease Prevention and Cure: An Overview.” Indian Journal of Clinical Biochemistry, Springer India, 2013, https://bit.ly/1Pp89qq.

(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, 2016, https://bit.ly/2IdUN4T.

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Ingredients
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  • 2 Erbology Organic Sea Buckthorn Shots
  • Two ripe bananas
  • ¾  cup chopped pineapple
  • Half a cup grated raw beetroot
  • ¼ cup grated fresh or dried figs (or dried apricots)
  • Half a cup full fat coconut milk
Garnish with (optional):
  • 3-4 figs, chopped or sliced
  • ½ banana, sliced
  • Half a 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. Secondly, pulse until you reach your desired consistency. For instance, I tend to keep it thicker for a bowl because I like to be able to eat it with a spoon.
  2. Then garnish with sliced banana, coconut chips, figs and sesame seeds. Similarly, you can also add anything else here. After that, I usually top smoothie bowls with Erbology Organic Tigernut Granola.

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