Avocado Spinach Smoothie Bowl (Stress-Buster)

Is this a smoothie or a salad? You decide!

Call me a rebel but I like eating salad for breakfast. Spinach is the featured ingredient in this smoothie bowl because it is a champion at providing many vitamins and minerals including the following inflammation-fighters: vitamins K, A, C and B6. It’s also an excellent source of folate, magnesium, and calcium. I included vitamin C-rich strawberries to help with iron absorption (if you are trying to boost your iron intake, greens like kale and swiss chard may be more beneficial than spinach). Most uniquely, spinach contains various plant compounds including kaempferol, which has been shown to reduce the risk of cancer, and nitrates, which have been shown to decrease blood pressure.

Avocado is the other green superfood featured in this breakfast bowl. A meta-analysis published earlier this year concluded that including avocado in our diets can assist in lowering total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Also, its omega-3 content can help lower inflammation.

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P.S. This smoothie bowl is banana-free! Previously, frozen bananas were my not-so-secret ingredient for achieving a thick consistency, however, in an effort to decrease my banana consumption I have discovered dairy-free yogurt makes a great alternative. Do you have other ideas for replacing frozen bananas? Let me know in the comments below!

Ingredients:

  • 2 handfuls of spinach (organic if possible)
  • 0.5 avocado
  • 0.5 cup dairy-free yogurt (I use plain or vanilla coconut milk yogurt)
  • 1 scoop plant-based protein powder
  • dash of liquid like almond milk for easier blending (less liquid = thicker smoothie and, therefore, less sinking toppings)
  • toppings: plum, strawberry (organic), cacao nibs, & spearmint

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How to:

  1. Plan and prep your toppings so they are ready for decorating.
  2. Blend spinach, avocado, and yogurt together using a blender or food processor.
  3. Add protein powder and liquid (only enough to blend completely).
  4. Pour (or scoop) thick smoothie into a bowl. TIP: If I want it colder I sometimes pop it in the freezer now for about 20 minutes as I get myself ready for the day OR place a few ice cubes at the bottom of the bowl. Sneaky, right?
  5. Decorate with toppings and admire your work of art.

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PCOS Powers:

  • spinach = anti-inflammatory, low glycemic index, anti-cancer effects, excellent source of magnesium & calcium, avoid large amounts if prone to kidney stones or taking blood thinners
  • avocado = anti-inflammatory, low glycemic index, high in fiber, may help lower LDL “bad” cholesterol and maintain normal serum total cholesterol levels, contains glutathione which has anti-carcinogenic properties and may boost immunity
  • plant-based protein = helps decrease high cholesterol, manage blood sugar levels, helps build lean muscle mass
  • low glycemic fruits (plums and strawberries) = help maintain blood sugar levels

Avocado Spinach Smoothie Bowl (Vegan, Gluten-free)

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Author: Phruitful Dish

I'm Dylan, the creator of Phruitful Dish. I'm a holistic health content creator, fitness lover, vegan, feminist, and PCOS wellness consultant living in Vancouver, Canada on unceded Coast Salish territory. I obtained my PhD in obstetrics and gynaecology specializing in PCOS, nutrition and mental health.

52 thoughts on “Avocado Spinach Smoothie Bowl (Stress-Buster)”

  1. Looks and sounds great. Great write up! Where did you get strawberries that are not completely white inside? Off to get mom’s eye fixed so she can see all of my beauty!

    Date: Wed, 15 Jun 2016 06:04:38 +0000 To: roger.cutler@hotmail.com

    1. Thanks, Dad! The strawberries are on the red side which was pleasing (organic from Cali which I bought at a local produce store, and some photo editing). Good luck at the doc! Xoxo

  2. I’ve always wanted to try smoothie bowls, but this is the first recipe I think I could like. I’m always looking for a healthy and quick breakfast option, and this sounds great! What are your favorite fruit toppings for this smoothie bowl?

    -Fabi at Wonder Fabi

    1. Awesome! I am thrilled this recipe resonates with you 🙂 I honestly top with whatever I have on hand (and even have fun shopping for new toppings that will be nutritious and beautiful). Chia seeds seem to make their way on almost all my smoothie bowls. Then, a colorful fruit like kiwi, dragonfruit or strawberries (in season!). Granola is a fun one which adds some crunch 🙂 Love getting creative! Enjoy.

    1. Awesome! I just feel anything with greens is associated with salads but really we can eat them anytime of the day and mixed into anything for extra nutrients 🙂 Thanks for popping by!

  3. Oh this looks delicious! I’m smoothie obsessed these days & you’ve incorporated some of my absolute favorites in this one! I also love how you noted the health benefits of each ingredient…so informative! Nonnomnom!! ~ Alea {FrugalNesting.com}

  4. This looks really good! I have the same smoothie every day, but this looks like a great way to mix it up and add some more fruits. Thanks for sharing

    1. Thanks so much. And you said it!! I was actually trying to think of a simple subscription bonus, and came up with providing a list of the dirty dozen and clean fifteen. Do you think this would be useful? 🙂

  5. This looks like a great smoothie bowl, Dylan! I’m curious about the dairy free yogurt you mentioned. I’ve given up on them because I find them so off putting (taste and ingredient wise), but if you have a recommendation I’d love to learn more. Hope you had a great weekend, girl!

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