UPDATE: My Deconstructed Green Smoothie Bowl has been one of my most popular recipes. Healthy, fun and packed with nutrients, readers are loving this different take on a traditional smoothie. The below recipe is updated in partnership with Well-Being Secrets with more healthy, science based information on why bananas, a key ingredient in this smoothie, are such a great fruit that you should be adding to all of your smoothies!
Green smoothies. They’re all the rage. And rightfully so – they’re packed with healthy fruits and vegetables, you can customize them to your preference, add ‘super foods’ and proteins, use them to recover from workouts, and in one tasty glass you can get most of your daily intake of vegetables that you need for a healthy diet.
If I’m being honest, and those that know me know that I’m usually honest to a fault and wear my emotions very clearly on my face, I don’t drink nearly enough green smoothies. Or smoothies in general.
I do eat a lot of vegetables daily, but I’m terrible about fruit. I have a salty tooth that far and away is stronger than my sweets cravings.
For me, green smoothies are a great way to get more fruit in my diet. While I like bananas, apples and other fruit, I rarely reach for a piece of fruit. But blending it together with nice green vegetables, I’m much for likely to get those needed fruits into my diet.
By breaking down the ingredients one-by-one, like I did with my Deconstructed Veggie Lasagna Bowl, or Deconstructed Spaghetti & Meatballs Bowl, I’m forcing myself to examine what I’m putting into each ingredient. Calories add up quick, so the thoughtfulness that goes behind each deconstructed bowl has been an incredible journey of learning and understanding ingredients.
I’ve found that since I made this recipe we’ve been doing a better job of eating fruits on a regular basis. Specifically we’ve been buying bananas. They’re so versatile; whether you’re eating them solo or making a healthy recipe like these Crunchy Peanut Butter Banana Bites, they’re a great fruit that will keep you healthy!
Technically a berry, bananas are the only fruit that can alleviate depression. According to the article 24 Science-Backed Health Benefits of Bananas from Well-Being Secrets, “the bananas is the only fruit that contains vitamin B6, amino acid, and tryptophan, which together combine to help the body produce a natural chemical called serotonin that improve mood and alleviates depression.”
In addition, bananas are a healthy source of carbohydrates and fiber, which keeps you feeling full longer. To learn more about this fantastic fruit be sure to read Helen Nichols full article on the scientific benefits of bananas here.
For a full list of my deconstructed bowl meals visit my ‘Deconstructed Bowls‘ recipe archive.
Serves 1 bowl
10 minPrep Time
10 minCook Time
20 minTotal Time
- 1 banana, chopped up
- 2 c. kale
- 2 c. baby spinach
- 2 small apples, sliced
- 1/3 c. almonds
- 1 c. low-fat greek vanilla yogurt
- 4 tbsp.chia seeds
- In the bottom of two bowls, divide the vanilla yogurt out into each bowl.
- Add the bananas, baby spinach, kale, and apples.
- Sprinkle the almonds and chia seeds on top. Enjoy!