Here is a simple, tasty and refreshing chia-greens peach smoothie bowl recipe — great for an immune boost or just a fun green breakfast for St. Patrick’s Day!
This smoothie recipe, with only 8 ingredients, goes together in minutes. Use a food processor or blender and vary the ingredients according to what you have on hand – this can all be made with frozen or pantry items! Then, garnish freely.
What to know about moringa
This smoothie bowl is based on frozen spinach and peaches, but I upped the green color with moringa powder for its antioxidant properties and nutrient density.
According to Kuli Kuli, the company whose moringa I use, compared to kale moringa contains:
- two times the amount of protein
- four times the amount of iron
- three times the amount of calcium
- more than twice the amount of fiber
Caution: it may not be advised to consume moringa if you are pregnant. This is because there’s a slight chance that it could cause uterine contractions.
Alternative: Spirulina, which gives such an intense green color that it’s the main ingredient in natural green food coloring.
Working with chia – should you soak?
The chia seeds provide fiber and omega-3 fatty acids. If you were going to drink this smoothie rather than spoon it, you would want to soak the chia in advance for at least 20 minutes but even overnight.
I didn’t soak the chia before making the smoothie bowl because I knew that the food processor would break most of the seeds up. If I did, I would mix them with the almond milk at least an hour ahead of time. Soaking improves digestibility if you won’t be breaking the seeds.
Ways to sweeten a smoothie bowl
I like a smoothie bowl to be refreshing and not too sweet. I don’t usually add honey (or maple syrup) if peaches are the main fruit in the smoothie because they have enough natural sweetness on their own to balance the slight bitterness of the greens. But I would if I were using less-sweet fruit.
The peaches also let the green color shine whereas blending in blueberries or raspberries would make it more purple or red than I want if making this for St. Patrick’s.
I added sweetness to this bowl by garnishing with bananas, kiwi and berries and by sprinkling with my favorite homemade Flax-Hemp Granola with Rice Crisps.
Adding immune boosters
Last, my two favorite immune boosters are ginger and turmeric. When short on time, I use powdered ginger as I list here – again, because this recipe can all be made with items from your freezer or pantry. But fresh always gives an amazing aroma and flavor to any dish.
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Chia-Greens Peach Smoothie Bowl
- 2 teaspoons moringa powder see info in post or spirulina
- 2 teaspoons chia seeds
- 1 cup frozen sliced peaches
- 2 handfuls frozen spinach
- ½ cup unsweetened almond or other non-dairy milk
- 1-3 tsp. honey or maple syrup to taste or none, if peaches are sweet
- 1/2 teaspoon ginger powder
- 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
- optional garnishes: berries bananas, kiwi fruit, flax-hemp granola with rice crisps
- Toss ingredients into food processor and whizz for 1-2 minutes or until blended to your preference. Since you are making a bowl rather than a drinkable smoothie, it doesn’t have to be completely smooth. I actually like it to have some texture as long as there are no big chunks of greens.
- Pour your smoothie into a bowl and garnish with additional fruit and this homemade flax-hemp granola or hemp seeds!
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