Ice cream for breakfast? Yup, and it’s dietitian approved too! Nope, pigs aren’t flying. It’s just my new favorite breakfast, a smoothie bowl! I love a good smoothies, but it doesn't always satisfy. That’s where the smoothie bowl comes in. Thicker than a drinkable smoothie, a smoothie bowl sticks to your ribs. It's ice cream-like consistency is perfect for eating by the spoonful, garnished with your choice of toppings – kind of like healthy sprinkles!
I use the following basic formula to create my smoothies:
1 cup frozen fruit + 1 cup dairy (or dairy alternative) = smoothie A smoothie bowl is a simple variation on this formula: 1 cup frozen fruit + 1 frozen banana + 1/2 cup dairy (or dairy alternative) = smoothie bowl Who knew math could be so delicious? I keep them interesting by switching up what ingredients I blend in or top it with. Here's some of my favorites...
Maca powder - Maca is a tuber vegetable grown in South America, where it has been used for hormonal balance, energy, libido, fertility, and mood for centuries. There is little scientific evidence to back this up, but it is still a rich source of vitamins and minerals, including calcium, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium and B-vitamins. Personally, I notice a difference in my energy levels when I use it. Placebo effect or not, I'll take it. Either way, maca has a unique earthy, malty flavor that I love. Cocoa powder/raw cacao powder - Both are rich sources of flavanols, a phytonutrient found in the cocoa bean. Two tablespoons of cocoa powder provides 200 mg of flavanols, enough to improve blood flow. Even better, it makes your smoothie taste like dessert. Read more about the health benefits of chocolate here.
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
- 1/2 cup unsweetened almond or coconut milk
- 1 handful fresh spinach leaves
- 1 tablespoon almond butter
- 1 scoop green smoothie booster (optional)
- 1 teaspoon maca powder (optional)
- Crunchy coconut quinoa granola (see below)
- Freeze dried bananas
- Place frozen fruit, strawberries, milk, spinach, nut butter, smoothie booster and maca powder in a food processor or high powered blender. I’m sure this is much easier if you’ve shelled out the $$ for a vitamix, but if you just have a regular food processor, you’ll have to stop to scrape down the sides a couple times. No biggie.
- Garnish with quinoa granola and freeze dried bananas
- 1 cup quinoa, rinsed and dried
- 1/2 cup walnut peices
- 1/2 cup shredded, unsweetened coconut
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Toss all ingredients together and spread evenly on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 20 minutes, stirring halfway to keep from sticking.
- Remove from the oven. Let cool and store in an airtight container.