Everyone is LOVING the nice-cream bowls that I post on the Balanced Ballerinas instagram, so I thought I’d share a few more of my favourite recipes and combinations.

Before you try these, you might want to see the original recipes I posted a few months ago here > Yes! You can have ice cream for breakfast!

Why is nice-cream (or a smoothie bowl!) reallllyyyy good for you? 

Firstly, blending your fruit and veggies are easier on your digestion and won’t make you feel sluggish. You know that feeling when you have a big Sunday breakfast with toast, eggs, bacon and baked goods and all you want to do is go back to sleep? Yeah, we don’t want that feeling when we have a day to get on with!

Secondly, nice-cream is packed with lots of beneficial phytonutrients. Okay, but what’s a ‘phytonutrient’ I hear you say?

Phytonutrient; a substance found in certain plants which is believed to be beneficial to human health and help prevent various diseases.

According to the Institute of Functional Medicine we should aim for 9-13 servings of plants foods (everyday!) and it’s important to know where they come from. In addition, we should eat a rainbow of colours and always mix it up by trying different combinations whilst always trying to choose more nutrient dense options (think sweet potato over regular potato).

Since nice-cream and smoothie bowls have become more popular, criticisers (which are always the people too lazy to look after themselves or stuck in old ways!) call them ‘high calorie sugar bombs’. Now, for starters the sugars found in fruits and vegetables are VERY different to the sugars found in soft drink or desserts like real ice-cream. And as I like to remind people, no one has ever died from eating too much fruit… but they have from too much ice-cream (and cheeseburgers!)

As long as you are living an active lifestyle, aiming to maintain your current healthy weight and your meals throughout the day are sensible and healthy, you really don’t need to be worried about eating too much fruit!

Anyway, with all that out of the way I hope you enjoy these combinations and take note of how energised and vibrant you feel. Even my skin and eyes are clearer when I’m sticking to a smoothie bowl of a morning!

You’ll notice that most of the fruit is frozen before blending – this gives it the ‘ice-cream’ texture. You can also add all these ingredients together unfrozen but the consistency will be more like a smoothie.

How do I blend it all together? I personally use a Vitamix but almost any blender will do the job!

What muesli do I use to garnish? I always use Brookfarm gluten free muesli which is the best (I receive absolutely no money from them to say that!).

Where do I find wonderful ingredients like spirulina? You can usually find these types of ingredients at your local health food store, however I’m a fan of Flannerys (again I receive no money to say that! I just love them!)

How did I come up with all the nice-cream names? I compared the ingredients to the Institute of Functional Medicines Phytonutrient Spectrum

Healthy Skin Nice-Cream

  •  1 1/2 x frozen banana
  • 1 x cup of frozen mango
  • 1 x teaspoon of spirulina
  • garnished with gluten free muesli and a couple of extra nuts

Heart Health Nice-Cream

  • 1 x frozen banana
  • 1 x cup frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 x cup frozen raspberries
  • garnished with some rolled gluten free oats
  • bonus tip: if you have cherries lying around the house after Christmas, freeze and add them!

Liver Health Nice-Cream

  • 1/2 Avocado
  • 1 x frozen banana
  • 1/2 x frozen pear
  • 1 x teaspoon of spirulina
  • 1 x handful of spinach leaves
  • garnished with some gluten free muesli

Anti-Inflammatory Nice-Cream

  • 1 x frozen banana
  • 1 x cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 x handful of frozen blueberries
  • garnished with gluten free muesli and pomegranate seeds!