This is my go to smoothie bowl for when I am wanting something refreshing and light. My Mint Cacao Smoothie bowl has a touch of mint and cacao blended with nutrient dense spirulina powder and collagen peptides. Dig into this gluten free, dairy free, and paleo friendly breakfast for a refreshing treat to start your day.
I love mint chocolate chip ice cream, so naturally I created this smoothie bowl to mimic a favorite of mine. Lately, I have been playing with different powders to toss into my smoothies for added nutrients. Spirulina is a blue-green algae plant that is found in both fresh and salt water environments. This anti-inflammatory powder has been proven to help stabilize blood sugar, increase energy, detoxify your body, and enhance brain function.
The use of collagen peptides is an added bonus. When choosing collagen be sure to choose a brand that is grass-fed. Also, be aware of any additives found inside the brand you choose. For this recipe I stuck with an unflavored kind, but there are also wonderful collagen powders from Primal Kitchen and Vital Proteins.
When I pick my mint I typically get the whole plant from Whole Foods, and I will either use their chocolate mint or regular mint leaves. I feel it is more cost effective to buy the plant if you feel you can keep the little guy alive. I try my best, but let’s be honest, I am not always as successful as I wish I could be. A gal can dream, right? Anyways, I hope you enjoy this little treat friends. Let me know if you like it!
fresh banana slices, cacao nibs, shredded coconut, blueberries, mint leaves
Blend all of the ingredients together in a high speed blender, and pour into a bowl. Top with additional toppings of your choice. Enjoy!
*If you are needing more liquid, add no more than 1/4 cup of additional coconut milk. You don’t want the smoothie to be too watered down or else you won’t be able to scoop up all of the deliciousness. *I use unsweetened cacao nibs and coconut to keep this paleo friendly, but do whatever suits you best. This is a judgment free zone.
Matcha is a type of concentrated green tea that has been shown to enhance your body’s detoxification system, and stabilize blood sugar levels due to the epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) compound. Studies have shown that matcha consumption is correlated to reduced risk for certain cancers, weight loss, enhanced muscle recovery after exercise, and reduced risk for heart disease.
Matcha has had growing popularity over the past few years, which has increased the availability of quality sources on the market. When you are shopping for matcha powder you need to read the label just like anything else. When possible, opt for organic, and choose a powder that only has matcha as the sole ingredient. You will especially want to pay attention that there are no added sweeteners if you are following an elimination diet like Dr. Will Cole’s Elimin8 protocol.
In The Inflammation Spectrum by Dr. Will Cole he recommends incorporating matcha into the Elimin8 diet under the Blood Sugar/Insulin Toolbox. Going into the program I was aware of my sensitivity to high amounts of caffeine, so I never had more than 1/2 to 1 tsp of matcha powder. Matcha does have a higher concentration of caffeine than other green teas, because it contains the whole leaf of the plant. In general, 1 tsp of matcha has about 70 milligrams of caffeine per cup.
A good brand for matcha tea is Pique’s Sun Goddess Matcha. Whole Foods has a more affordable matcha powder, which is organic for about $14.99. I would recommend paying attention to your reaction to matcha, especially those with cardiac diagnoses, as it can cause palpitations or arrhythmias depending on your sensitivity. That is the beauty of the Elimin8 protocol. You are essentially stripping your system from all inflammation causing foods, and as a result you become more in tuned to your body’s response to the foods you consume. By having a basic diet you are more likely to be able to pinpoint exactly what is causing inflammation and distress. Thank you Dr. Will Cole!