So I think you’ve probably gotten the hint by now…I love mangoes. First the mango strawberry ice cream, then the honey mango dip…and now this delicious, creamy mango coconut kiwi smoothie bowl. The best part is…I can almost guarantee there will be another mango based recipe popping up soon. They’re just so versatile and taste good in so many things.
Being a college student and adapting to a healthy lifestyle can actually be pretty tough at times, especially those days when it feels like I don’t even have enough time to eat a banana between work, class and studying. Let’s face it… a sustainable healthy lifestyle requires preparation, dedication and discipline. Many things have to be made in advanced or time has to be made to prepare wholesome meals. This used to be a key reason for my unhealthy eating habits in the past. My super busy days almost always ended up with a trip to an en route fast food stop.
This week is finals week and I can definitely say that oh boy I’m feeling the stress! Microbiology is a great class if you’re truly interested in pursuing a medical career but it also require a TON of studying in order to truly understand the material. All I can say is thank goodness that I have my yummy 5 minute smoothies and smoothie bowls to save the day!
Smoothie bowls are awesome because they literally take around 5 minutes to prepare and they’re an easy way to pack in a bunch of fruit servings and nutrients. This simple recipe is way more than just a pretty bowl, it contains:
Coconut: Coconuts, and in this case coconut water, provide more than 10% of your RDA of potassium. It also contains short and medium chain fatty acids which aid in heart health.
Chia Seeds: These tiny little seeds are jam-packed with antioxidants and are a very good source of protein. These are also very useful in helping with weight loss as the high protein content also doubles as an appetite suppressant.
Mango: Mangoes provide an abundance of health benefits which include high levels of fiber, pectin, Vitamin A and Vitamin C, which aid in lowering cholesterol levels. They also contain carotenoids which help to keel the immune system strong.
Kiwi: Kiwis are an excellent source of Vitamin C and Vitamin K. They are also a great source of dietary fiber and very effective in regulating blood sugar levels.
Blueberries: Blueberries are a low calorie, high nutrient food that contain high levels of Vitamin C, Vitamin K and Manganese. Because of their high antioxidant content, blueberries have been proven to protect against aging and cancer.