Smoothie Bowl Recipes With Chlorella

Improving your digestion has never been tastier! Try one of these five smoothie bowl recipes with chlorella.

By Brandi Black, RHN

“Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food”, said Hippocrates in 431 B.C. The Father of Medicine was onto something, and today, we need the healing benefits of food more than ever — especially when it comes to digestive health.

Feeling tired, bloated and heavy isn’t our natural state of being. When your digestion is sluggish, your entire body is affected— from your energy levels and motivation, to your body’s ability to properly detoxify and promote natural weight loss.

Poor digestion can also prevent us from feeling comfortable and confident in our own skin. Personally, when I used to suffer from chronic bloating, I would hide under baggy sweaters and yoga pants, longing for my favorite denim jeans to fit comfortably again. I constantly struggled to stay awake past 8pm, and experienced acid reflux no matter what I ate.

As you can see, a healthy digestive system is a fundamental part of your health and wellness. Luckily, nature has provided us with foods to help cleanse and purify the body naturally, which results in improved bowel regularity, reduced bloating (and other painful digestive symptoms), and limitless amounts of energy.

These 5 smoothie bowl recipes with chlorella are packed with superfoods for digestive health, and when you incorporate these foods into your diet regularly, I’m willing to bet you’ll notice an improvement in your overall health and wellness quickly.

What Are Smoothie Bowls?

Smoothie Bowl Recipes
If you haven’t heard of smoothie bowls before, they’re a fun twist on regular smoothies with a slightly thicker consistency— similar to soft serve ice cream. Rather than sipping these smoothie recipes through a straw, pour them into your favorite bowl, dig in with a spoon and savor every bite.

In fact, one of the reason smoothie bowls are a great recipe for digestion is because they encourage you to “chew” your smoothie and eat slower— which is key for digesting and absorbing nutrients efficiently.

For optimal digestion, I recommend starting your day off with a smoothie bowl first thing in the morning, rather than later in the day. This is because smoothie bowl recipes contain fruit, and the simple sugars in fruit like to digest quicker than any other nutrient (within 20-30 minutes).

By eating fruit on an empty stomach (fruit digests fine with greens, vegetables and small amounts of healthy fats, such as coconut), you’re less likely to experience increased natural energy and less bloating and gas, which can result from combining fast-digesting fruit with nutrients that take hours to digest— such as protein (thus creating an “digestive traffic jam”).

Each of these chlorella smoothie bowl recipes call for a frozen banana as their base. Frozen banana gives the smoothie bowls their thick, creamy texture, similar to that of soft serve ice cream. If you’re not a banana fan, that’s okay: feel free to substitute the banana for ¾ cup of blended frozen berries.

Now, for the smoothie bowl recipes!

1. Chlorella Cleanser

Health Benefits: Chlorella is a single-celled green algae that’s often referred to as the “amazing green superfood” because of the countless ways it promotes natural wellness. When it comes to digestion, the fiber found in chlorella helps promote waste and toxin removal from the GI tract, and encourages natural body purification and bowel regularity.

Pineapple is rich in the digestive enzyme, bromelain, which helps your body digest protein efficiently.

Ingredients:
For the Base

Toppings
  • 1 tsp unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 3 fresh strawberries, sliced

Blend the base ingredients together, starting with the liquids and greens. Add remaining base ingredients and blend until a “soft serve” consistency starts to form. Add small splashes of filtered water to reach desired consistency. Add toppings and enjoy!


2. Digestive Diva

Health Benefits: The healthy fats found in avocados may help “lubricate” the digestive tract, and ease constipation. Similar to chlorella, avocado is rich in fiber. Studies show a lack of dietary fiber is one of the leading causes of constipation and digestive discomfort, as fiber acts as a “bulking” agent for eliminating accumulated waste in the GI tract (1).

Kiwi contains an enzyme called actinidin, which helps digest protein rich foods, especially eggs, yogurt, cheese and fish. If you feel heavy after a protein-rich meal, see if you notice a positive difference in your digestion for the rest of the day after eating this smoothie bowl (2).

Ingredients:
For the Base

Toppings
  • 1 kiwi, sliced
  • ½ avocado, sliced
  • Small sprinkle of unsweetened shredded coconut

Blend the base ingredients together, starting with the liquids and greens. Add remaining base ingredients and blend until a “soft serve” consistency starts to form. Add small splashes of filtered water to reach desired consistency. Add toppings and enjoy!


3. Chocolate Paradise

Health Benefits: Who says eating chocolate can’t improve your digestive health? As long as it’s raw cacao powder you’re enjoying, chocolate is a powerful food for digestion because of the antioxidant vitamins and fiber it contains.

The hemp hearts in this recipe offer a healthy dose of omega 3 essential fatty acids, which, as mentioned above, may help lubricate the intestinal tract, and soften waste to be eliminated quicker.

Ingredients:
For the Base

Toppings
  • 2 strawberries, sliced
  • 1 tbsp hemp hearts
  • Small sprinkle of unsweetened shredded coconut

Blend the base ingredients together, starting with the liquids and greens. Add remaining base ingredients and blend until a “soft serve” consistency starts to form. Add small splashes of filtered water to reach desired consistency. Add toppings and enjoy!


4. Probiotic Power

Health Benefits: One of the most important nutrients for digestion is probiotics, which are the healthy bacteria that live in your GI tract. Probiotics keep harmful pathogens out of your system, and help you digest and absorb the nutrients you eat.

Probiotic supplements are often recommended to aid in removing harmful elements in your colon, but you can also add these beneficial bacteria to your diet by eating fermented foods such as sauerkraut, apple cider vinegar and kombucha.

Since sauerkraut and apple cider vinegar aren’t exactly the type of ingredients you’d want to find in a fruit-flavored smoothie bowl, you can add probiotics to this recipe with coconut milk yogurt, coconut milk kefir*, or probiotic powder— all of which can be found at your local health food store.

*I recommend choosing a non-dairy yogurt or kefir for this recipe, as the sugar in dairy, called lactose, can be difficult to break down and digest. Dairy products are one of the most common food sensitivities, which can cause gas, cramping, bloating, diarrhea and/or constipation (3)(4).

Ingredients:
For the Base
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk yogurt, coconut milk kefir or 1 serving probiotic powder*
  • ¾ cup berries
  • 3 g Sun Chlorella granules or Sun Chlorella powder
  • 2 tbsp hemp hearts
  • filtered water to reach desired consistency

Toppings
  • ½ avocado, sliced
  • ½ banana, sliced

Blend the base ingredients together, starting with the liquids and greens. Add remaining base ingredients and blend until a “soft serve” consistency starts to form. Add small splashes of filtered water to reach desired consistency. Add toppings and enjoy!


5. Minty Mojito

Health Benefits: The lime juice in this recipe helps stimulate stomach acid production, which helps you better digest the foods you eat. Fresh mint soothes and calms the intestinal lining and may help provide relief from stomach aches. Mint is also said to help increase bile flow, which can help speed up sluggish digestion. 

Ingredients:
For the Base

Toppings
  • 3 fresh mint leaves
  • 1 tsp melted coconut oil, drizzled

Blend the base ingredients together, starting with the liquids and greens. Add remaining base ingredients and blend until a “soft serve” consistency starts to form. Add small splashes of filtered water to reach desired consistency. Add toppings and enjoy!

Suffice to say, Hippocrates would certainly agree with the ingredients in these smoothie bowl recipes. While the nutrients in your diet— such as fiber and probiotics— play a crucial role in your digestive health, healthy digestion also depends on certain lifestyle factors. 

Exercising regularly, staying hydrated, getting 7-8 hours of restful sleep each night, and reducing your stress levels are other ways to begin improving your digestion immediately, so you can experience a greater sense of well-being each day. 




Disclaimer:
It’s always important to check in with a licensed healthcare practitioner before adding a nutritional supplement to your diet. 



About Brandi Black, RHN

Brandi Black is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist from Vancouver, B.C. Experiencing her own health challenges at a young age led her to become passionate about educating on the healing properties of food, and how to achieve hormone balance, clear skin and sustainable weight loss naturally. In her spare time you'll find Brandi writing in her blog and hanging out with her teacup chihuahua, Coconut.

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