Green Power Smoothie Bowl
I rarely sleep in, but my body always appreciates the extra rest. I am used to popping right out of bed and making a warm breakfast bowl. I always try and eat within an hour of waking up or I find myself feeling hungry! Today when I got out of bed, it was nearly lunch time. It was already so warm and sunny out. I contemplated a warm bowl of porridge, usually my go-to for breakfast, but I decided to try something lighter and more refreshing. I felt very energized after getting 9 hours of sleep, but needed to put something nourishing in my body! I have plans to grab lunch with a friend in a couple of hours, so a light meal would be perfect.
Since it is finally starting to feel like spring, I want something fruity but nothing too sweet. I decided to make a smoothie bowl, they always seem a little more satisfying than just a smoothie, I also love to get artsy with the toppings! I have a lot of fruit on hand and love playing with how they combine together. I always throw in veggies, you can add a good amount of greens without changing the fruity taste!
For fruit, I grabbed bananas, pear, pineapple and kiwi! I always throw in either a fresh or frozen banana. Bananas are great for making the smoothie thicker, especially important for a smoothie bowl. Bananas also are loaded with fiber and potassium. They help with my digestion, and are great for a pre or post workout snack. Pears are a bit sweet and add a nice flavor to the smoothie, they also are a great immunity boost. My body must be fighting something if it needed so much sleep, a pear will help hopefully. Pineapples are another great natural sweetener, when they are ripe there really is nothing yummier. I find that pineapples also are great for immunity and also ease any digestion issues I may be having. I usually top my bowls with kiwis since they are so pretty, but I included half in my smoothie this time to see how it would taste. It turns out kiwis have more vitamin C than an orange and also help with sleep, don’t need any more of this right now, but I thought I would blend half in anyways.
Spinach and cucumbers help to neutralize the sweet fruits. Spinach is loaded with health benefit, it is low in fat and cholesterol with lots of zinc, protein, fiber, calcium and vitamins. Cucumbers add a nice refreshing flavor and also ease anxiety and stress, we can all use a little of this!
I love to use almond milk for my liquid, this makes my smoothies rich and creamy. I made almond milk last week, so I am going to use the last of that. I suggest you try making your own, its relatively simple and I had a lot of fun with it. All you really need is almonds and a cheese cloth (and some patience). I do usually buy almond milk, I always choose the brands that are free of carrageenan, this emulsifier has the potential to cause inflammation in our bodies and is a no-go for me! I add one Erbology Organic Aloe Vera shot, I usually take these shots straight but since I just woke up I decided to add one in. I love how refreshing and cleansing aloe vera is, I can’t go a day without it. The Erbology Milk Thistle Oil has a nice nutty flavor and is packed with antioxidants and cleansing properties.
The key is getting the right consistency, I start off with less liquid because it is a lot easier to add it in but more of a challenge to take it out. I am going for a thicker smoothie that I can eat with a spoon, everyone has different preferences so you just need to know what you like and how your blender works!
Toppings are the best part, I tend to let my inner-artist run wild. I top my bowl with spirulina powder, not only is it green for St. Patricks day, but it is also a superfood. There are too many health benefits to list, but I usually use it to detox and energize! I also add the remaining kiwi, dried currants and hazelnuts (toasted or raw work great). I love the tangy flavor of dried currants, they are also packed with fiber and potassium. Hazelnuts bring a nice earthy, nutty flavor and add a crunch!
There you go, a delicious smoothie bowl! I find that I actually slow down and enjoy my food when I take time to make it look pretty! I love how this one turned out, it almost looks as good as it tastes!
Prep. time: 5 mins.
Total time: 10 mins
Makes 1 medium bowl
Plant-based, Vegan, Raw, Free from refined sugar, Gluten-free
1 cup fresh baby spinach
½ cup unsweetened almond milk
½ kiwi (keep the other chopped half for decorating)
¼ cup chopped pineapple
½ cup chopped cucumber
1 Erbology Organic Aloe Vera Shot
½ tsp Erbology Organic Milk Thistle Oil
¼ tsp spirulina powder
1 tsp dried currants
1-2 tsp raw/toasted hazelnuts
Here’s how you do it:
Blend everything in a high speed blender. If you like it thicker, skip the plant milk and only add the aloe vera shot.
Pour the smoothie in a bowl.
Decorate with ¼ tsp spirulina powder, the remaining chopped kiwi, dried currants and raw or toasted hazelnuts.