This February is Heart Health Month! As we all know, food has a beautiful way of bringing people together. The stories and memories behind the meals we prepare pull on our nostalgic heartstrings. In honour of Heart Health Month, we have asked our Ambassadors to share the recipes that make their heart happy, and we would love you to do the same. Share your photo, recipe and stories using #SPUDHAPPYHEART as we nourish our community together.
When SPUD asked me to feature a recipe for a happy heart, I was beyond excited. Being the nutritionist that I am, I naturally thought of heart-healthy foods. Okay…beets, berries, omegas, etc. etc. and naturally created one of my favourite things ever – a smoothie bowl. The smoothie bowl has a special place in my heart. To me, it represents self-love. It taught me how to be a mindful eater, placing each topping perfectly on the bowl, and the fact that I could eat “ice cream” for breakfast taught me to see food in a completely different way. I learned how to nourish my body and my heart at the same time. I want to share with you today my favourite Happy Heart recipe, the Heart Healthy Smoothie Bowl.
Heart Healthy Smoothie Bowl
For the Bowl:
3-4 frozen bananas, cut into chunks
1 cup of unsweetened vanilla coconut yoghurt
1/2 cup of cold-pressed beet juice
1 large handful of frozen raspberries
The juice from 1 lime
2 tbsp. of hemp seeds
For the Toppings:
A dollop of coconut yoghurt, to swirl
In your food processor, add the frozen banana chunks and purée until smooth. Next, add the coconut yoghurt and beet juice and continue to blend. Next add the frozen raspberries, lime juice and hemp seeds and blend until creamy. If it’s too thick, add some more beet juice and if you want more of an ice cream consistency, add more frozen banana.
Serve immediately and top with fresh berries, coconut, a swirl of coconut yoghurt and chopped nuts. This is the best part because you get to be creative – which makes for a happy mind and a heart! Get your creativity flowing.
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Sisley Killam is a budding holistic nutritionist and food blogger at www.thepurelife.ca . Struggling with a complicated diet over the past 5 years, Sisley found comfort in cooking healthy, fun and delicious meals. She fell in love with plant-based foods, holistic living, and soulful cooking. Studying at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition, Sisley turned her dreams into a profession. You can often find Sisley at a café, sipping a soy chai latté working on her latest blog post, hiking in the North Shore mountains, in her cozy home – photographing her newest recipe, or getting mindful at a hot yoga class. Sisley hopes to inspire families by showing you how easy it is to cater to every diet – whether that be vegan, gluten-free or simply how to incorporate more plants into your diet! Follow Sisley along on her journey through her Instagram https://www.instagram.com/thep
Photo by Christine Pienaar