If you’re looking for a morning smoothie that is vibrant, visually appealing, packed with antioxidants, and taste refreshing, then you are at the right place. I’ve been crushing on a new mix for my smoothie bowls and I have to share all the details on just how scientifically, my Vibrant Morning Smoothie really will help you feel better from the inside out.
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As many of you know, I had my third baby in October of 2020. Now that he’s six months, I’m at a point where I can really focus more on my mental and physical health. When thinking back to the most healthiest moments throughout my lifetime, they were at times when I was more focused on my inner health just as much as my outer health. Those were the times when I felt the most vibrant, energized, and excited to attack my fitness goals. So, I knew that I had to get back into that mindset to achieve my newest health goals.
Today, I’m showing you a smoothie based in science. Enter: Vibrant Morning Smoothie Bowl, or what I like to call The Bromelain, Betalain, Bioactive Compound Cultivator. What does that mean? This Science Smoothie is packed with antioxidants and I’ve partnered with Seed on this Science Smoothie to show you that supporting your gut health and diversity of your microbiome is easier than you think.
There’s a Periodic Table of Microbiome-Friendly Foods that I used to develop this simple, easy recipe. Why? Recent studies have suggested that the “intestinal microbiome plays an important role in modulating risk of several chronic diseases. It is now understood that diet plays a significant role in shaping the microbiome, with experiments showing that dietary alterations can induce large, temporary microbial shifts within 24 hours1.”
One way to support whole-body health, including gut health, is through diversifying the number of fruits and vegetables you consume in your diet—a smoothie is a great way to incorporate important macro- and micronutrients that contribute to a well-balanced diet and support the health of your microbiome.
I’d like to thank Seed for educating me on the importance of microbiome-friendly foods and for working with me to develop this Science Smoothie. If you’re interested in learning more about Seed and trying their Daily Synbiotic—a clinically and scientifically studied pre-and-probiotic— click here and use code Rosalynn15 for 15% off your first month’s supply.
1Influence of diet on the gut microbiome and implications for human health
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What ingredients do you need to make a Vibrant Morning Smoothie?
One thing that I love about this smoothie is that minimal ingredients are required, and with an exception to the goji berries, you may already have what’s on the list.
- Frozen Pineapple
- Frozen Strawberries
- Frozen Oranges
- Roasted Beets – Beetroot
- Dried Goji Berries
- Water – Also consider using aloe water or coconut water.
How to meal prep your Vibrant Morning Smoothie
I have got into the habit of prepping my smoothies ahead of time so that I don’t have to take the time and measure out the ingredients each morning. Simply take all of the frozen ingredients and put them into a freezer safe container or bag. Make as many as your heart desires, then freeze them. I also like to prepare extra bags of fruit to use as a garnish when I choose to turn my smoothie into a smoothie bowl.
The Bromelain, Betalain, Bioactive Compound Cultivator a.k.a. Vibrant Morning Smoothie.
Working with Seed has been pretty cool. They have definitely ignited my inner Nerdy Girl with all of the education and knowledge that they have to share on Microbiome-Friendly Foods. It’s allowed me to be more conscious and informed about what I’m putting into my body. I got the opportunity to let the scientist at Seed break down the ingredients in my Vibrant Morning Smoothie to get the “nerdy” details, and here’s what they came back with:
Nerdy Name: The Bromelain, Betalain, Bioactive Compound Cultivator
Why did we name your smoothie what we did?
- Beetroot (ie. beets) contains a bioactive compound called betalain. Betalain is a powerful phytochemical with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory capacities.
- Betalains consist of betacyanins (responsible for red pigments) and betaxanthins (responsible for yellow pigments).
- Pineapple contains a proteolytic enzyme–bromelain, which aids in digestion.
- Bromelain has been recently studied for numerous therapeutic effects—extending to body systems involving the digestive tract and musculoskeletal system.
- There are many bioactive compounds distinguished by high antioxidant potential in goji berries.
- The high biological activity components in goji berries are polysaccharides (a form of sugar), carotenoids, and phenolics
- Being responsible for the characteristic bright and vivid orange to red colouration,one of the most common carotenoids found in goji berries is zeaxanthin.
- Citrus fruits such as oranges are another good source of bioactive compounds with antioxidant properties,
- They contain vitamin C (mainly in the form of ascorbic acid), provitamin A (carotenoids, such as beta-carotene), vitamin E (α-tocopherol), and phenolic compounds (flavonoids and phenolic acids).
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1c Frozen Pineapple Chunks
1c Frozen Sliced Strawberries
1/2 Frozen Oranges
2 Small Roasted Beets
1/4c Dried Goji Berries
In a blender, mix all ingredients.
Add more water if you prefer a looser consistency.
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