If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve seen my recent breakfast posts….now that the weather has warmed up and the sun peeks out every so often I’m on a Smoothie Bowl kick. There’s just something about warm spring/summer mornings that makes me crave fresh fruit, and the refreshing texture of soft-serve ice cream, but in a healthy way!
I tend to alternate my bowls between green and purple. Hey! Those are my two favorite colors! Plus I feel it’s important to shuffle my nutrition deck on the regular. Doing that gives me the broadest range of all those important phytonutrients. Plus it staves off boredom.
If you aren’t familiar with smoothie bowls, let me enlighten you. Basically, you whip up a super thick, extra cold smoothie (don’t worry, I’ll explain how in a minute) and then you pour/scoop that into a bowl and top it with more yummy fruits, nuts, seeds, nibs, ‘nola, whatever floats your taste-boat. Then you eat that big bowl of super-goodness with a spoon and a smile. Seriously. They are so good.
Like I said, I switch it up between purple bowls (Acai base) and green bowls (spinach/mixed greens based). Down here it’s currently berry season, so I’ve been loading up on the local strawberries and blueberries. I’m trying to get my hands on blackberries and raspberries. No matter what my base is, you’ll be seeing berries featured prominently in the toppings. I also love my cacao nibs. Did you know cacao is big in the Sober Rave scene in Berlin at the moment? I learned that yesterday. Maybe I should start listening to EDM while I have brekkie.
There is really no RIGHT or WRONG in making your smoothie bowl, so please use the following recipe as a guide and embellish the heck out of it. Make it your own. This is just how I did it this one time. My bowls are hardly ever the same twice.
Tenaciously Green Smoothie Bowl
For the Base:
2 Oranges, peeled
1/4 Cup of liquid whey (I drain my homemade yoghurt and save the whey for smoothies/bowls)
1 tsp Maca Powder
1 tsp Spirulina powder
1 scoop Amazing Grass Super Greens powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
2 big handfuls of baby spinach
1 cup frozen Mango chunks
1 frozen banana
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 inch fresh ginger
coconut water as needed to get everything moving in the blender.
Put the liquids and the oranges in the blender first. Then add in your supplements (Maca, Spirulina, Super Greens Powder), spices and vanilla. Next, layer in your spinach or whatever greens you’re using. Then your frozen fruits, ginger and oil.
Set your VitaMix on Frozen Desserts setting, pop the cover on and turn it on. You will probably need to use the tamper (that long stick thingy) to shove everything down. If it’s just not blending, remove the plug on the lid and slowly add in more liquid. Just don’t add too much! You want this to be thick like soft serve or fro-yo.
Once it’s all blended up nice (sometimes I run it through 2 cycles), pour it into a bowl, and top with your favorite toppings.
I used sliced Strawberries, Kiwi, Blueberries, Cacao nibs. Shredded Coconut is delicious, as are almonds, pistachios, cashews, more mango, really whatever you like and have available. THERE ARE NO RULES!
Now, get out there and blend up some goodness, devour it, and conquer the world!!!
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