Recipes: Best Smoothie Bowls

Smoothie bowls are perfect for the spring-summer season – sweet, chilled, refreshing, easy to digest and packed with nutrition. Here are some of our favourite recipes…

Blueberry Coconut Smoothie Bowl by Running on Real Food

Besides the regular ingredients, such as coconut juice and almond milk, this smoothie bowl also contains veggies like zucchini and cauliflower. But don’t fret – it’s still sweet and creamy as a smoothie bowl should be!

 

Mango Smoothie Bowl by I Heart Naptime

Get tropical with mangoes! You can top off the bowl with chia seeds, almond flakes and/or other chops of your fruit of choice.

 

Chocolate Almond Banana Smoothie by Good Life Eats

Breakfast that looks and tastes like a dessert? Yes please! If you like chocolate, this one is not to be missed.

 

Clean Green Smoothie Bowl by Downshiftology

Gorgeous without the fuss, this bowl’s got its pretty colours from leafy greens and avocado.

 

Berry, Peach and Coconut Smoothie Bowl by Life Made Simple Bakes

Instead of coconut milk, this recipe uses Greek yogurt to create a fulfilling bowl. Top that with the varied flavours from peach, strawberry and pineapple chunks, and you’re good to go!

 

Grapefruit Smoothie Bowl by Healthy Grocery Girl

Tangy and juicy with a touch of crunchy texture from the pumpkin seeds and buckwheat groats.

 

Apple Pie Smoothie Bowl by Floating Kitchen

As the name suggests, apple is the main star of this bowl – and it’s supported by dates, granola and caramel sauce to make for a great morning meal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best Immunity-Boosting Juice Recipes

The changing weather can make us more vulnerable to illnesses such as flu, common cold and hayfever. This makes it more necessary to support your immune system, especially through healthy diet. Here are a few juice recipes that can help you avoid getting sick from all the germs, viruses and changing temperatures out there.

Orange Ginger Turmeric Watermelon Juice by My Sequined Life

This recipe is not only rich in vitamin C, but it also serves as to promote your digestive system health. Blend together freshly squeezed orange juice with cubes of watermelon, peeled ginger and ground turmeric.

 

Orange, Carrot and Beet Juice by Simply Laura Leigh

With high amount of vitamins A and C as well as anti-inflammatory properties, this juice will help protect you through cold and flu season. Simply put all the ingredients in the juicer and it’s ready to be served!

 

Pineapple and Grapefruit Green Smoothie by Mind Body Green

The ingredients are full of good nutrition such as bromelain and antioxidant. To make this smoothie, blend together pineapple chunks, frozen grapefruit, spinach, celery, small pieces of ginger and turmeric, a pinch of cilantro, green tea and a scoop of protein powder.

Healthy Kids Lunch Plans

The Healthy Kids Association (HKA), one of the main players in keeping kids healthy in Australia, has put together their Core 4 Plus 1 rule, which helps parents structure kids lunchboxes the healthy way and still keep them interesting.

The HKA Core Lunch plan suggests that lunches be nutritious and filling. So that is the first part of the “core”, or the basic lunch.

Then they suggest the “core snack” which would come from a variety of the five food groups. This is followed by the “core fruit” which is where it becomes interesting for us. They suggest that the fruit be low fructose, like fruit or mixed berries.

From there, there is the “core drink.”  The HKA suggests a water bottle.

So how about this for an idea: Investigate the value of watermelon juice, made from pressed watermelon. A superfood, it provides a lot of beneficial nutrition for children’s body. Or, pack two! It is filling and comes in its own organic portable bottles. And obviously, you could still add that water bottle.

This is finished off with the option of having an extra core snack for “active kids” in need of more energy.

Recipes: Best Watermelon Desserts

Who doesn’t love watermelon? This big fruit is not only juicy, sweet and refreshing, but it’s also full of health benefits: the high water content keeps you hydrated, the lycopene provides antioxidant to protect your body from free radicals, the vitamins and minerals boost your immunity system and keep your health in check.

Besides cutting it up, there are many different ways to serve watermelon as a dessert. Here are some of my favourite recipes:

Watermelon Bars by Right at Home

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Using watermelon juice, milk and gelatin, these bars are cool, creamy and perfect for the summer.

 

3-Ingredient Cherry Watermelon Sorbet by Emilie Eats

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As the name suggests, this simple, easy recipe only requires three ingredients to make: watermelon, cherry and water. There’s no excuse to skip this one!

 

Kiwi Watermelon Fruit Popsicles by B. Britnell

Tropical-themed cold treats? Yes please!

 

Creamy Watermelon Coconut Milkshake by Cook Nourish Bliss

Creamy and dairy-free – perfect for everyone in your party.

 

Watermelon Pizza by Choosing Chia

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For a feel-good, healthy yet festive treats, look no further than this – a fun fruit salad in the form of pizza.

Recipes: Best Citrus Desserts

If you like your dessert a bit tart and not too sweet, citrus might be the right choice for you. From oranges to limes and lemons to pomelos, you can’t go wrong with these fresh fruits. Here are a few recipes to get you cooking…

Upside Down Winter Citrus Cake by Broma Bakery

Who says citrus is only good for summers? This beautiful cake will freshen you up and fulfil your daily vitamin C requirement.

 

Light Key Lime Cheesecake Shots by Sprinkle Bakes

The small size of the shots make this great for dinner parties.

 

Shortbread Lemon Tart by Taste and Tell Blog

It’s like lemon slice bars, but in a wheel that you can share… or eat on your own.

 

Orange Creamsicle Truffles by Homemade Hooplah

This sweet confectionery is not just fancy, but also easy to make!

 

Grapefruit French Macarons by La Fete de Emily

For those advanced in baking, try your hands at these delicate macarons.

Gingered Pomelo Sorbet by Gourmet Creative

End your dinner with a healthy, refreshing touch of pomelo!

Strawberries? More Like STRONG Berries

Strawberries. What are they good for? Absolutely everything. Those delicious red sour and sweet things that you see in the supermarket, we’re actually supposed to eat a lot of it. But why? Here are the reasons why we should up our strawberry intake.

They’re high in anti oxidants.
Strawberries contain a little something called anthrocyanin, a powerful anti oxidant. What the hell does that mean? It means that strawberries can protect us from things like sun damage and other harmful effects in our environment.

They’re high in fibre.
This is important if you need to poop as it can help with bowel movements and improve your digestion.

They’re packed with Vitamin C.
Strawberries contain more than 100% of our daily recommended intake of Vitamin C in a cup. It’s also a great remedy for stress as it can decrease blood pressure down to a steady level. Neat!

They’re a great source of folate.
Folate is the folic acid found in our food which can help with arthritis and replenish our bodies to prevent atherosclerosis, vascular disease and improve our cognitive function.

They can also reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Strawberries have been proven to suppress inflammatory in our bodies and reduce risk of hypertension by lowering cholesterol. People who eat three or more servings of strawberries and blueberries in a week can reduce their risk of a heart attack by 32%.

So I guess we better eat more strawberries!