Think Pink: Berry Smoothie Bowl

I’m a huge advocate for breast cancer awareness and research. I had my first thorough check-up at 25 last year and got the all-clear, but I strongly encourage young women to make sure they’re checked. We’re at a point where we have to take responsibility for our health, both current and future. Studies show that women in the Middle East seem to get breast cancer earlier than their Western counterparts, so as far as I’m concerned, it’s never too early.

With that in mind, I wanted to do a post for breast cancer awareness. It had to be pink, of course, so here it is — a berry smoothie bowl!

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Simple, nutritious, and involving only reasonably-priced ingredients. These bowls are often ludicrous to make because of the so-called “superfood” additions, which are usually quite pricey. I’ll tell you what the optional extras are, if you have them, but I made it without just to show you don’t need them.

You will need (serves one):
V & GF

  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 1 cup frozen berries
  • 1/2 squeezed lemon
  • 1 tsp chopped ginger
  • a splash of almond milk

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Pop all your ingredients into a food processor and blend until smooth, about 3-4 minutes for me. I added a couple of ice cubes just because I knew I was going to be taking photographs for this post and didn’t want the end result to melt too early before I ate it! You don’t need the ice.

If you like your citrus, go ahead and add the juice of a whole lemon.

If you have goji berries in your cupboard, adding a tablespoon here would work great as they’re high in iron and vitamins A and C in particular.

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That said, in my original ingredients you get your magnesium from the bananas, your antioxidants from the berries, vitamin C from the lemon juice and of course, there’s the ginger. Ginger boosts immunity, is anti-inflammatory, helps with ulcers and fights cancer (through delaying growth of colorectal cancer cells).

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We all know toppings is where it’s at with these smoothie bowls — for my breast cancer edition, I split my portion into two smaller bowls and topped it with sesame seeds and dried cranberries. These looked like some pretty effective boobs, but it wouldn’t have tasted great without a little sprinkling of something crunchy.

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So I added a bit of my homemade granola on the side. If you haven’t got any granola, some chopped nuts would work well, or a sprinkling of seeds.

Two breast cancer charities I love (I’m not sponsored by either): Think Pink Bahrain and Coppa Feel. Check them out and make sure to cop a feel in the shower! Women and men.

As always, bilafiya (well wishes and wellbeing)

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