I had fallen off the “eat clean and mindfully” bandwagon for most of last year. Since I became pregnant to be honest -I’ve been eating everything that came my way. My sweet baby turned 9 months old last week and I realized the excuse of eating for two isn’t valid anymore. You think I would have noticed sooner?
Anyone who knows me, knows how much I love a good breakfast. Usually, that includes nutty granola, any form of eggs, waffles with berries or good ol’ french toast! In fact one of the main reasons I am a morning person is because I get to eat my favorite food first thing after waking up! And lets face it most of these are just dessert masking as a meal. If that doesn’t make you want to jump out of bed and dig face first into your breakfast then what is? Well, as I discovered very recently, you can have a yummy indulgent breakfast that is also very good for you! Enter the Green Smoothie Bowl!
Now I agree I am late to the smoothie bowl party, but boy am I glad to have made it! How is this different from a regular green smoothie you ask? Well for starters you eat it with a spoon :p a smoothie whilst being as healthy, was not filling enough for me. As a snack, maybe, but never enough to take me through the morning to lunch. In this way the smoothie is thick and poured into a bowl and topped with all the yummiest (and healthiest) toppings you have around the kitchen. I also believe the act of eating (chewing and swallowing) tends to make you feel more full than guzzling down a drink and hence is more satisfying.
This is a one-bowl-super-nourishing-wonder of a meal whilst also having the option of being vegan, gluten free and did I mention delicious? I also love how versatile it can be – you can make a green smoothie (with avocado or spinach), or a red bowl (with acai berries!) or a plain vanilla bowl with bananas. And you can get as creative with the toppings as you want!
Yesterday we made a simple green smoothie with fruit and chia seeds for topping and I think I this “fad” is here to stay in our kitchen all summer!
What you need for smoothie:
- 1 frozen banana (I just chop bananas and put them in little ziplock bags in the freezer so its easy in the morning!)
- 1.5 cups almond milk (or regular milk)
- a handful of spinach
- 3 chopped dates
- 1/2 avocado
- Fruit – I used sliced banana, avacado, strawberry, blackberry and pomegrante but really you can use whatever combination you fancy!
- chia seeds
- dried fruit
- Add everything for the smoothie into a blender and run until smooth.
- Pour into bowl
- Add toppings