Yikes. February is kicking my butt! I've spent the afternoon reorganizing my 'To Do' list and hoping I've gotten my time management under control. I don't know about y'all but between the gloomy winter weather and potty training a puppy, I've been slacking off! I'm pretty sure this week I've been at an adulting level of 80% though, so yay for me! (I say 80% because although I've been getting my business self in gear, I've also consumed primarily cookies for the last two days, so there's that... Hello double Pure Barre class today!)
I love making smoothies in the summer, but if I don't drink them fast enough, I get weirded out by the texture and the temperature of the mixture still in the cup. New discovery: Smoothie Bowls. (Seriously, check out the #smoothiebowl hashtag on Instagram. So many pretty ideas!) I'm not sure why pouring what I normally stuck in a cup into a bowl made such a huge difference, but it really did! I'm so much more likely to finish my 'smoothie' and add more healthy add ins like vegetable powder and chia seeds which is a total win in my book.
The best part is that these are so easy! Just throw in whatever fresh fruit or vegetables you have in the fridge and blend them together! When different produce is on sale, I like to buy a bunch, cut it up, and freeze it. I now have a good supply of frozen blueberries, strawberries, peaches, and bananas which are AWESOME for smoothies or smoothie bowls and will also thicken your blend if you want more of an ice cream texture. You can also blend your smoothie and stick it in the freezer and you'll have a healthy sorbet!
Now, smoothies can start out healthy and get unhealthy really fast, so watch your ingredients! There are so many recipes and combinations available on the Internet, but I prefer to keep mine sugar free and dairy free. Also, if I eat one of these I don't eat any other fruit that day. I make a huge batch in the blender and also include my protein powders and vegetable powders in the main mix, then I divide it into roughly 3 bowls. I eat one bowl, and freeze the other two. The other day I let one of my freezer bowls thaw for about 3 hours and it was perfect!
What add ins do I use, you ask? Let me tell you!
Chia Seeds: I honestly cannot type this without singing cha-cha-cha-chia in my head. Every time. Chia seeds are extremely nutritious, and 2 TBSP contains 11 grams of fiber, 4 grams protein, 18% RDA calcium, 30% RDA Magnesium, 30% RDA Manganese, 27% RDA Phosphorus, as well as a decent amount of Zinc, Vitamin B3, Potassium, and Vitamin B1. They have 12 grams of carbs, but 11 of those are fiber! This amount is roughly 130 calories, and is also high in antioxidants. I like to top my individual smoothie bowl with 2 TBSP, and stir it in.
Protein Powder: I prefer to stick with vegetarian sources of protein powder like Hemp Protein Powder. 2 TBSP contain roughly 14 grams of protein, as well as all 21 known amino acids. This powder can be a bit bitter, so I prefer to add it directly to the blender so it's mixed in nicely with the fruit.
Flax Seeds: Another nutrient dense seed, flax seeds are similar to chia seeds in nutrition and are said to help improve digestion, reduce sugar cravings, and improve skin and hair dryness. I like to top off my bowl with 1-2 TBSP of these as well!
Nuts: this is probably my favorite addition to smoothie bowls since I couldn't add them to my drinkable smoothies! I've been on a walnut kick lately, but I also like to add almonds, pecans, or cashews.
On special occasions: I like to add a TBSP or two of some Enjoy Life chocolate chips. This makes it really feel like a dessert and satisfies my ice cream cravings!
Servings: 3 Bowls (freeze any leftovers for another day!)
What Do I Need?
- 1 banana (frozen or fresh- the riper your banana is the sweeter your smoothie will be!)
- 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
- 1/2 cup strawberries (fresh or frozen)
- 2 large handfuls of baby carrots
- 3 cups Spinach (You can't taste it! YAY hidden veggies!)
- 1/2 liquid (most of the time I just use water, but you could use fruit juice, flavored water, or milk)
What Do I Do?
- Dump all the fruit and veggies into your blender. Depending on your blender's size and strength you may have to add them a little at a time.
- Add liquid to help thin out the mixture. More liquid may be needed depending on your ratio of frozen to fresh fruit. You also may need to stop your blender and use a spoon to push the spinach down and make sure everything is liquified!
- NOTE: This is just my favorite combination! Please feel free to vary the amounts and fruits and vegetables used! If you want a thicker mixture add ice cubes!
- Divide mixture into three bowls and then top with any add on you desire!