March 25, 2018

My Go To Balanced Smoothie Bowl

This is my dream smoothie bowl and it’s currently a one a day (or every two days!) habit as I navigate an elimination diet for my breastfeeding daughter. It’s my go-to for a low sugar, balanced smoothie. If I want ice cream, or a date night indulgent dessert bowl I’m perfectly happy to load up on just fruit and cocoa – it’s a divine combo for a smoothie bowl let’s be real, but for an every day meal I want something more balancing this is my jam!  People talk a lot about whether high fruit smoothie bowls are ‘bad’ or whether putting a whole banana in a bowl is ‘ok’. I think it depends on who you are and what you love. I feel great eating a whole banana in a bowl and this bowl will keep me balanced and full for hours. If I have a bowl that’s just fruit I can definitely feel the sugar and I’m hungry more quickly. Does that mean I don’t do it or think it’s bad? NO. Sometimes I’m craving a big bowl of ice cream in which case a sugar hit from fruit is perfectly perfect. I wouldn’t do that every day, that’s not balanced but it’s for sure better than a pint of sugar and dairy filled ice cream. Just learn your body and yourself and what makes your digestive system feel the best! (and if you want actual ice cream with no refined sugar and no dairy – check out the recipes in The Whole Scoop Ebook!)

Tip: I keep the fruit/veg in my freezer all the time, just raw, diced and frozen so it’s always on hand.

INGREDIENTS

1/2-1 small ripe sliced frozen banana
1/3 cup diced frozen zucchini
1/3 cup frozen cauliflower rice (or finely diced cauliflower)
2T cocoa
2T high quality protein powder (a stevia/monk sweetened one will keep the bowl sweet but keep sugar low) 1T chia seeds
1T almond butter
1/4 cup raspberries or any berries
2/3-1C nut milk (or water too)
1 tsp cinnamon

Opt: 1/2 cup greens/1/4 cup microgreens

DIRECTIONS

Just add everything to a blender aside from the milk and start to blend! Add in the milk 1/3 cup at a time blending well in between until you reach the desired consistency. I like to put mine back in the freezer for 10 mins, still in the blender, to let the chia seeds thicken it up before scraping it into a bowl and loading up.

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