This time of year Mother Nature is blossoming open- and so are you! You probably feel an extra spring in your step right now. But if you’re not, that’s cool too :). Because either way this perfect afternoon snack will support your energy, elevate your skin health, and boost your energy.
Give my Spring Strawberry Smoothie Bowl Recipe a try!
Awakening & Blossoming into Spring
Spring fosters more bursts of creativity, energy, and a desire to be outdoors among nature—taking more walks, hikes or even just being more motivated to crawl out from under those cozy blankies, and get your day going.
We change our clothes seasonally, so why wouldn’t we adjust our diets too?!
Lately, I’ve personally start to crave lighter and more cleansing (raw foods), to help clear out any stagnation from winter.
I’ve been eating blueberries lately like a champ, and I went strawberry picking with Bubby and fam a few weeks ago, which was amaze! Strawberries are one of the most fantastic, in-season foods for spring, so let’s talk about it…
The Amazing Beauty-Fruit: Strawberries
Why do you find yourself gravitating towards these red, juicy, conical-shaped fruits? For me, they are not only a treat to my eyes but also my taste buds, and really, to all of my senses.
Isn’t that how we approach eating anyhow…it really makes the whole experience more joyful and pleasing. But what’s really amazing about this delicious fruit is how packed it is with nutrition.
Here are a few reasons why I love these ‘lil red gems:
If you’re looking to brighten your skin and tighten your pores, then salicylic acid is just the thing to remove dead cells from your skin to encourage new cell growth. And strawberries have the presence of Vitamin C, salicylic acid and antioxidants.
Also, ellagic acid prevents skin damage—making your skin look younger and fresher—exfoliating and soothing your skin by removing impurities. When it comes to preventing acne, strawberries are amazingly effective in clearing acne and reducing oil buildup.
Not only by consuming these guys but here is an awesome little DIY mask: Mash up about ½ cup of sliced strawberries with 1 tablespoon of organic honey. Apply to your face for 10 minutes. Voila! This is a great natural aid in helping to clear up pesky blemishes. Don’t you love DIY masks?! I love them!!!
And talking about prevention, strawberries also have the power to fight free radicals. How? By providing vitamin C which is involved in the production of collagen, for smoother skin all around.
When it comes to feeling beautiful from the inside out, it really starts in our guts. So we want to make sure we add beauty foods into our daily routine, that will make our assimilation and digestion run smoothly.
The great thing about strawberries is they’re rich in variety of antioxidants and phytochemicals—helping fight inflammatory disorders. When we keep the inflammation down, we naturally keep our waistline down.
You know I’m not about counting calories once you’ve started applying The Beauty Detox Solution, but for those of you who are still hung up on counting, the good news is, strawberries are great for weight loss, since they are low in sugar, calories and sodium, and fat-free.
They also contain nitrates—which promote blood flow and oxygen throughout the body—resulting in weight loss.
These nitrates also prevent muscles from becoming too tired after exercise, so remember that the next time you want to prep your muscles before your next workout (just be sure to give yourself some time to digest any foods before becoming too active).
Being great for your overall health and skin, you will want to get strawberries every time you visit your local farmers market! But how do you choose the best and tastiest?
How To ‘Pick Em’
Thankfully, strawberries are available in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors (from deep red and pink to off white or yellowish). There are European Alpine, Virginia, and Chilean strawberry. I personally think the smaller varieties are sweeter and more flavorful than the larger ones, which can be watery. Watery strawberries are bleh!
Try to select firm, fully red berries and remember, strawberries DO NOT continue ripen after they are picked!
Because of their delicious flavor and attractive appearance, strawberries are a great addition to any smoothie and to this smoothie bowl. Isn’t it about time we look at our local listing for picking your own berries and/or grabbing the prettiest carton full!
Let’s get going…
See full smoothie bowl recipe below…
- 8 oz fresh strawberries, frozen first
- 1 ripe banana, peeled and frozen
- 1½ cups frozen pineapple
- ½ cup coconut yogurt
- ½ cup coconut milk (plus a bit more to blend as necessary)
- Add all ingredients to the pitcher of a high-powered blender.
- Blend till fully combined.
Let me know what you think of this recipe and don’t forget to add this to your Pinterest Smoothie board!