|Balance and Recharge Smoothie Bowl|
Friends, this is big time.
I make smoothies and smoothie bowls almost every day, and I've received numerous requests for recipes, but I wanted my first smoothie post to be really special. There are so many recipes online already; I felt obliged to offer y'all something that you probably can't find or concoct on your own.
Well, it dawned on me a few days ago that I've been making a very special smoothie bowl on days when I'm particularly tired, stressed or trying to come back from overindulgent eating. A smoothie bowl that offers the elusive combination of ample produce, little sugar and lots of (good) flavor! A smoothie bowl that always leaves me energized, lightened and ready to take on the day. THIS was the one.
Why a smoothie "bowl"? When I have the option, I prefer to eat | chew my smoothies, instead of drink them. I find this more satisfying, and the act of chewing gets my digestive enzymes flowing. Occasionally, I'll add toppings to my bowls for texture, but recently I've been loving them "straight up".
By packing my Balance and Recharge Smoothie bowl with several cups of vegetables, I'm afforded an array of healing nutrients with very little sugar. As crazy as it might sound to throw veggies like cabbage into a smoothie, I promise you can't taste them! I can promise that your bones will thank you the magnesium in raw zucchini, and your heart for those protective purple compounds.
The banana and coconut milk create a creamy texture, and they help emulsify all of the ingredients together. Blueberry and ginger are the most prominent flavors, the former providing an antioxidant punch and the latter helping with digestion. For some plant-based protein, I add chia seeds and spirulina, a blue-green algae that is also an amazing source of alkalizing minerals. For a touch of extra sweetness, I'll add 1-2 drops of stevia or a juicy pitted date, which also contributes to the fiber content.
This bowl is the perfect breakfast to combat post or current holiday sluggishness, or the icky cold that seems to be circulating these days. If the number of ingredients is intimidating, never fear! The bananas, blueberries and zucchini can all be frozen way in advance, and the rest can be prepped on a Sunday to last throughout the entire week. I do this, buying 1 large container of spinach, 1/2 head purple cabbage (and then I just pull off the leaves and rinse/baggie them), and 1 large piece of ginger root, which I peel and cut into chunks.