Creating Balance with Fall Coconut Chai Smoothie Bowl for The Chalkboard Magazine

Do you sometimes feel that it’s near impossible to feel balanced? We strive to do our best and sometimes really get off track (i.e. staying up late, glued to instagram & not taking enough time to ground and connect). Recently, I have been working with Holistic Nutritionist, Kristin Dahl, who truly walks the talk when it comes to health and has helped me with my balance.

She is the kind of person that prioritizes relationships, turns off her cell phone, and makes time to prepare wholesome meals for herself. The dream way to be, right? To help inspire balance in your life, we created a fall chai coconut smoothie bowl to visually symbolize the wheel of life. Just like life, the bowl is not perfectly balanced, but all the elements are in harmony with each other. Using the wheel of life, Kristin is going to give us her essential tips for finding balance as we make our way into this holiday season, plus a fantastic recipe for you to enjoy!

Kristin Dahl // Optimum health is a balanced state of physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. It’s about learning to nourish our unique physical makeup with a variety of foods and healing modalities, so we can lead vibrant and fulfilling lives. Achieving health is not a quick fix or a detox; it’s about creating sustainable daily habits and nurturing all areas of life to create balance and harmony. Everything in life plays a vital role in how good we feel everyday. Having awareness leads to finding balance and fulfillment in the life long process of well-being.

When we think of the “nourishment” we usually think of food, but nourishment comes in many forms. Let’s dive deeper into all the other layers of life that can leave you feeling either invigorated or depleted. Today’s smoothie bowl invites you to take a look at your own “wheel of life”. How are you nourishing all aspects of your life wheel? How much sun, fresh air, and time in nature do you get everyday? What are your home and work environments like?  How much downtime do you get and do you take regular breaks from technology?

The Different Aspects of the Wheel

Social

Social wellness involves having a support system of friends and loved ones who are there for you through thick and thin. Creating relationships with those who lift you up and share your vision is incredibly important. Sticking to your health goals and lifestyle becomes easier when you connect with people who share similar values. Create routines and rituals with your friends: take a cooking class, join an adventure club, or start exercising together. We are social beings and connection is a crucial part crucial of our health and well-being.

Environmental

Our home and work environments play a key role in our health. Create a space that supports wellness, calm, and positive energy. Keep your spaces clutter-free and Zen and surround yourself with clean, healing plants, imagery, colors, or scents that uplift the spirit.

Emotional/ Spiritual

It’s important to nurture and nourish all aspects of our emotional and spiritual life and look at how the two greatly support a life of wellness. Taking care of yourself and your emotional needs is key to feeling your best. Know that it’s ok to seek support, create boundaries with your space and time, and eliminate toxic people from your life. Stay open, try new things and continue creating and leading an expansive life.

Physical

Physical movement and touch are incredibly important to our health. Leading a life of vitality means moving energy through your body daily. Exercise, whether it be strengthening or restorative, is imperative to cellular regeneration. The same goes for physical touch,  which fulfills  our primal need for closeness and intimacy – it’s a must.

Occupational

It’s crucial that our work fulfills us. Each one of us has a beautiful gift to offer to the world. Sometimes it takes a while to connect with what truly makes us happy and often times we have to make sacrifices to get to where we want to be. If your work is draining you or bringing you down, either create a new way of approaching it or search for something that fully nourishes your soul.  

R&R

Rest and relaxation are needed regularly to restore vitality. Allow your body to rest when you need it, cleanse seasonally to create space for optimal digestion, and take regular tech breaks to ease the feeling of being constantly “on”. Meditation and breath work are also key for grounding, stress relief and optimum brainpower.  

Chai Coconut smoothie bowl

 

Nutritional benefits

Persimmons – loaded with fiber, vitamin C, iron and calcium. Immune boosting & blood building.

Pomegranate -high in antioxidants, vitamin C and folate. Fights free radicals. Immune boosting, supports cellular repair and circulation.

Bee pollen – A complete protein, full of b vitamins, helps boost the immune system, and helps reduce seasonal allergy symptoms.

Banana – loaded with vitamins and minerals. High in potassium, vitamin b6, and fiber. Supports athletic performance and regeneration. Relieves symptoms of pms and supports cardiovascular health.

Figs – Full of fiber, vitamin b6, and potassium. Lowers blood pressure, supports the female system and protects macular degeneration.

Young Coconut – full of healthy fats, fiber, and calcium. Anti-inflammatory, energy production, and cellular regeneration.

 

Ingredients

 

Meat from 2 young coconuts 

1 frozen banana 

2 tbsp. tocotrienols  

1 Tbsp. almond butter 

1/4 cup strong brewed chai tea 

1/2 tsp. vanilla

Few dashes of cinnamon 

Optional -1tbsp raw honey, 1 fresh date or 8 drops omica organics stevia 

Optional- splash of coconut water

 

Toppings

1 fresh banana 

1 Persimmon 

1/4 cup toasted coconut flakes 

2 fresh figs 

1/4 cup fresh pomegranate 

1 tbsp. Bee pollen  

 

Method

·      Combine all ingredients and blend until smooth

·      Transfer from to the freezer while you prepare your toppings (abut 10 minutes)

·      Remove from the freezer, place in your favorite bowl & add toppings

·      Enjoy!