BY: Lively Staff

April 24, 2017

Recipe: Melon Mint Smoothie Bowl

This Melon Mint Smoothie Bowl is a healthy way to get into spring!

 
Spring is in full swing, and that calls for a green, healthy Melon Mint Smoothie Bowl!  Made with Vital Proteins brand new Collagen Beauty Waters, this recipe is nutrient-rich and packed with protein.  Made with coconut milk, honeydew melon, avocado, and Vital Proteins Melon Mint Beauty Water, this smoothie bowl will rejuvenate and refresh.
 
The Melon Mint Smoothie Bowl combines vitamins and nutrients that aid in collagen production, support healthy hair, skin, and nails, and promote a healthy gut.
 
 

Benefits of Honeydew Melon

Honeydew Melon is not only a sweet, refreshing seasonal fruit, it is also rich in Vitamin C, potassium, and copper, which help to promote the formation of collagen (1).  Since honeydew melon is made up of 90% water, not only will it help you stay hydrated on a warm summer day, it will help nourish the body from the inside out.
 

Benefits of Coconut

Coconut offers a wealth of health benefits as a result of the distinct way it is digested.  Tons of vitamins and minerals are found in coconut, including Vitamin C, Vitamin E, magnesium, and calcium.  Coconut can help to seal the digestive tract lining to promote a healthy inflammatory response, support nutrient absorption, and overall it does not cause digestive upset (2).  This Melon Mint Smoothie Bowl contains both coconut milk and coconut cream, so you’re sure to get a steady serving of vital nutrients.
 

Benefits of Avocado

Keep an avocado or two on hand for a major nutritional boost!  Avocados provide a variety of essential nutrients, including potassium, fiber, magnesium, and monounsaturated fats (3). Fiber is largely found in avocados with approximately 4.5 grams per half, which contributes to healthy digestion as a result of its ability to feed the ‘friendly’ bacteria and remove waste in a minimal amount of time (4).  
 

Benefits of Honey

A natural sweetener honey is packed with antioxidants that include phenols and enzymes, as well as organic acids and flavonoids, which research has shown to give honey it’s antioxidant power (5).  Studies have shown that honey can promote a healthy inflammatory response, as well as offer nutrients to skin (7).
 

Benefits of Lemon

Lemons are more than just a garnish to your cold glass of water!  Lemons are packed with the antioxidant Vitamin C and citric acid which is essential for skin health (6).  Since lemons contain so much Vitamin C, they can help to increase the absorption of iron from complementary foods as well (6). 

 
Melon Mint Smoothie Bowl
Serves 1
This refreshing and light tasting smoothie bowl is filled with healthy fat, plenty of fiber, and of course, collagen protein from our new Melon Mint Beauty Water.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 serving Melon Mint Beauty Water
  2. 1 cup coconut milk
  3. 2 tbsp coconut cream
  4. 1 cup honeydew melon
  5. 1/3 avocado
  6. 2 tbsp honey
  7. 1 1/2 tbsp fresh lemon
  8. Garnish with mint and chia seeds
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients, except for the mint and chia seeds, to a blender. Blend until smooth. pour into your favorite bowl, sprinkle on some mint and chia seeds, grab a spoon and enjoy.
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(1) Harris, E. D., Rayton, J. K., Balthrop, J. E., Di Silvestro, R. A. and Garcia-de-Quevedo, M. (1980) Copper and the Synthesis of Elastin and Collagen, in Ciba Foundation Symposium 79 – Biological Roles of Copper (eds D. Evered and G. Lawrenson), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470720622.ch9
 
(2) Information and Practical Approaches for Management. (n.d.). Retrieved April 21, 2017, from http://www.digestivedistress.com/sites/default/files/pdf/IBS%20doc.pdf
 

(3) Lu, Q., Zhang, Y., Wang, Y., Wang, D., Lee, R., Gao, K., . . . Heber, D. (2009). California Hass Avocado: Profiling of Carotenoids, Tocopherol, Fatty Acid, and Fat Content during Maturation and from Different Growing Areas. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry,57(21), 10408-10413. doi:10.1021/jf901839h

(4) Naveh E., Werman M. J., Sabo E., Neeman I. Defatted avocado pulp reduces body weight and total hepatic fat but increases plasma cholesterol in male rats fed diets with cholesterol. Journal of Nutrition. 2002;132(7):2015–2018.

(5) Nele Gheldof, Xiao-Hong Wang, Nicki J. Engeseth. Identification and quantification of antioxidant components of honeys from various floral sources. J Agric Food Chem. 2002 Oct 9; 50(21): 5870–5877.

(6) Wintergerst, E. S., Maggini, S., & Hornig, D. H. (2006). Immune-Enhancing Role of Vitamin C and Zinc and Effect on Clinical Conditions. Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism,50(2), 85-94. doi:10.1159/000090495

(7) Alam, Fahmida, Md. Asiful Islam, Siew Hua Gan, and Md. Ibrahim Khalil. “Honey: A Potential Therapeutic Agent for Managing Diabetic Wounds.” Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine2014 (2014): 1-16. doi:10.1155/2014/169130.

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