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Smoothie bowls are becoming popular not just because of their pleasing taste and eye-catching colors, but due to the health benefits you can get from them as well. What’s more, almost anyone can satisfy their taste buds with a smoothie bowl.
Let your creativity run wild by combining different types of fresh and organically grown fruits and vegetables to create a nutritious and delicious mix. An example is this Spinach, Mango and Pear Green Smoothie Bowl recipe from Naturally Savvy.
Not only is this something that your kids will enjoy, it’s also a good snack that mom and/or dad will love, and will set them up for improved health.
Wash, peel, core, and dice mango and pear. Heat coconut oil over medium-high heat. Add spinach and cook until wilted. Drain excess oil from spinach. Place spinach, mango, and pear in a food processor and blend until desired texture, adding water as needed. Once prepared, refrigerate your homemade baby food within 2 hours and use within 24 hours.
For later use, store the puree in the freezer in airtight containers portioned into individual serving-sizes and use within one week.
Optional: Make this for mom too. To half the recipe, simply add 1 scoop of your favorite protein powder or 2 tablespoons of hemp seeds, use raw spinach, and a bit more water to desired consistency. So yummy!
Boost Your Health With This Delicious Spinach, Mango and Pear Green Smoothie Bowl
Getting your kids to eat healthy while they’re young can be difficult, but the rewards are beneficial, as the vitamins and nutrients in healthy foods, like the ingredients used in this recipe, can positively impact their growth and overall well-being.
Spinach is a leafy green that is abundant in different vitamins, B vitamins and minerals that benefit your nervous and cardiovascular systems.
Most of spinach’s health-promoting properties come from plant compounds called flavonoids, which prevent cholesterol oxidation and help combat free radicals in the body. Meanwhile, chlorophyll and other plant pigments called carotenoids in spinach can improve vision and provide anti-inflammatory and anti-cancerous properties.
It’s not hard to love mangoes because of their sweet taste, and even more so when you consider their health benefits. Apart from having vitamin C that boosts healthy immune function and collagen formation, mangoes have vitamin A that’s critical for bone growth and maintenance of healthy mucous membranes and skin. Meanwhile, mangoes also contain flavonoids with antioxidant and vision-protecting capabilities.
Make sure to eat mangoes in moderation, as the high fructose content can spell disaster if you eat too much of it. Note also that mangoes are allergenic for babies because of a chemical called urushiol that’s found in the rind,1 and may cause rashes around your baby’s bottom. According to Wholesome Baby Food, it would be ideal to start feeding mango to babies that are 8 months old and up.2
Apart from being tart and sweet enough to