I love smoothies, especially green smoothies packed with green veggies or green powder. Smoothies are a great way to pack lots of nutrition into one meal. I find that when I start the day with a healthy meal that makes me feel great, I am much more likely to make sensible food decisions all day.
For me, a downfall is that smoothies are less satisfying because I don’t get to do any chewing! Enter the smoothie bowl: a lovely combination of a smoothie with chewy, delicious toppings that you eat with a spoon.
So how do you make this delicious concoction? Start with your favorite smoothie recipe (see mine below) and top with your favorite healthy ingredients. Here are some ideas:
- Granola, pecans, slivered almonds, hemp seeds
- Raisins, dry cherries, craisins, currents, dates
- Bananas, berries, pomegranate, kiwi, grapes
- Coconut, chia, flax
- Chia pudding, yogurt, peanut butter
When we were in Hawaii last November, my husband and I tried an Acai Bowl from S & Q’s Coffee & Shave Ice Shack in Kihei. Every morning, we ran past this little shave ice shop. Day after day, we noticed a line around the corner. After the fourth day, we decided we had to give it a try, and we shared the Acai Bowl. It was so amazing that we had to try to recreate it when we came home. For our Acai bowl, we make an acai berry green smoothie and top it with yogurt, vanilla chia pudding, a little granola, and bananas.
Acai Berry Green Smoothie:
- 1 packet Sambazon Acai smoothie pack
- 1-2 cups frozen mixed berries
- Milk (or liquid of your choice)
- Sweetener of choice, optional
- 1-2 scoops Green powder, optional
- Spinach, optional
Throw all ingredients into a blender, adding enough liquid to make a nice, thick smoothie. This recipe makes 2-4 servings depending on the serving size. If you are prepping for one, freeze the leftovers in ice cube trays. The next morning when you are ready to assemble your next smoothie bowl, you can just pop a couple of cubes in your bowl, throw on some toppings, and your breakfast will be all ready in about 15 minutes (thaw time)!
Give it a try and let me know what you think. Starting the day with a green smoothie is a great way to begin making great nutrition decisions all day 🙂