Carrot Cake Smoothie Bowl 🥕

Carrot cake smoothie bowl! I think this is my new favorite smoothie bowl. Had this for lunch today and I don’t even feel guilty about eating this “treat” because it’s primarily made of veggies, but still tastes sweet.

 

Ingredients:

1 frozen banana

1 medium carrot

1/4-1/2 cup frozen riced cauliflower

almond milk to get the right consistency

handful of shredded coconut

nutmeg

cinnamon

2 tablespoons of maple syrup

spoonful of almond butter

optional: 2 fresh medoolan dates for added sweetness

 

Directions:

  1. Using a vegetable peeler, remove the outside of the carrot and discard.
  2. Peel the rest of the carrot using a vegetable peeler. This cuts the carrots into thin ribbons and helps the carrot blend in the smoothie better.
  3. Blend all ingredients accept for the almond butter.
  4. Place the smoothie in a bowl and top with a spoonful of almond butter and any other toppings.

 

 

 

Chocolatey Berry Veggie Smoothie Bowl

Smoothie bowl kind of morning. This thick, chocolatey smoothie bowl is actually mostly made of veggies 🌱

 

Ingredients:

1/4 cup Frozen riced cauliflower

1 frozen zucchini (steamed then frozen),

1/4 cup Frozen raspberries

1-2 scoops Almond butter

1/4 Avocado

1 scoop Chocolate protein powder

Coconut milk to get the right consistency

Topped with hazelnuts and coconut flakes

 

 

Chocolate Banana Smoothie

WANT this dripping frozen chocolate banana smoothie that tricks me into thinking I’m drinking a milkshake 🍫🍌

So easy to make and soo good!

 

Ingredients:

2 frozen bananas- frozen bananas taste like ice cream and make your smoothie thick and creamy. Adding ice to your smoothie often doesn’t mix as well and makes it watery- highly recommend using frozen bananas!

1 scoop cacao powder

2 dates

Cinnamon

Drop of maple syrup

Almond milk to get the right consistency

Cacao nibs

Optional: 1 scoop of almond butter or peanut butter

 

Directions:

Blend all ingredients except for cacao nibs. Place blended smoothie in a glass and top with cacao nibs. Enjoy!

 

 

My Favorite Green Pineapple Banana Smoothie

Made my favorite green pineapple banana smoothie this morning! 🍍🍌

I haven’t made this smoothie in a long time because of the recent hype over sugar. I’ve been avoiding high sugar fruits, including bananas and pineapples. While I agree that we are eating way too much sugar and need to cut down on sugar, particularly refined sugar, I think that eliminating it completely would also eliminate some of the joys in what you eat. Instead, I’m focusing on increasing my awareness of added sugars to meals. Furthermore, eliminating high sugar fruits also means missing out on their great health benefits. Pineapples are hydrating, which is important for summer, are rich in vitamins and antioxidants, contain fiber, and have anti-inflammatory effects. And they are soooo good!

I feel great great when I have this smoothie. I’m a firm believer in listen to your body, not to trends.

 

Ingredients:

1 cup frozen spinach

2 frozen bananas

3/4 cup frozen pineapple

1 scoop of Artisana Organics almond butter

1 scoop of wheatgrass powder

Cinnamon

The Harmless Coconut coconut water to get the right consistency

Goji berries to top

 

Work Travel & Frozen Foods

After a week of traveling for work, I love waking up knowing that I don’t have to rush to Whole Foods or order Ubereats for food that day. I can wake-up Friday mornings ready- to- go and not feel bogged down by grocery runs or spend extra cash to get food delivered. This is because I keep a constant supply of organic produce in my freezer.

Since I travel for work every week, I am only really home on weekends. Frozen organic produce has been a complete game-changer for me. I no longer go to the grocery store feeling guilty knowing that I’ll have to toss any fresh produce that I didn’t eat over the weekend on Monday. Which used to happen often! On weekends is when we typically see our friends and grab brunch or dinner. Between eating meals out and trying to get groceries for such a short period of time, it wasn’t working out. I also tried ordering all of my meals for the weekend or eating out, but as I’m sure you can understand, it is pricey and also caused me to consume way more sodium, soy, sugar, etc. than I would have if I was cooking myself.

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So alas, my move to frozen produce. Frozen produce is great because it keeps fresh for long periods of time. I often stock my freezer with Whole Foods organic frozen berries and spinach or kale for my smoothies (which makes my smoothies taste way better and thicker than using fresh produce and ice). I also stock various organic frozen vegetable blends that can easily be heated up and sauteed with garlic and oil. These are cheap and incredibly easy meal options to have readily available.  I love putting cucumbers in my smoothies, but have never seen these in frozen form. I buy a fresh cucumber (one at a time, because only 4-5 slices are used in my smoothies), and freeze the slices that I do not use that weekend.

Today, my morning smoothie consisted of:

A couple spoonfuls of blueberries

5 pieces of frozen cucumber

As much frozen kale as I could fit in my individual Ninja blender cup

A spoonful of almond butter

About 1 cup of whole Foods organic almond milk (carrageenan free!)

A scoop of Primal Foods Collagen Fuel Vanilla Coconut protein powder

Sprinkle of Cinnamon

Topped with cacao nibs so it tastes like a treat!

This smoothie was delicious, hydrating, and relatively inexpensive. It also kept me satisfied for hours, which I love because I don’t have to constantly think of where I’m going to find my next healthy meal or snack.

 

 

 

Hydrating Smoothie Recipe 💦

Summer is here and staying hydrated is a key part of summer wellness. It is important to not only drink plenty of water, but also eat hydrating foods. I love making  smoothies for breakfast or even as a sweet-like treat. One of my favorite summer ingredients to add to my smoothies are cucumbers.

Cucumbers are currently in season and are super hydrating. I like adding them to my smoothies for an extra taste of freshness and hydration. It makes me feel like I’m drinking cucumber water at a spa. See below smoothie recipe incorporating cucumbers as an ingredient:

Handful of Frozen blueberries

1 cup Frozen greens (spinach, kale, etc)

4 slices Cucumber

1/5 Avocado or a scoop of almond butter

Handful of Goji berries

Splash of Cinnamon

Scoop of Collagen fuel vanilla coconut protein or other protein powder 

Approx. 1 cup of Coconut water (add a little at a time until you get the right consistency)

I like using frozen berries and greens in my smoothies. This avoids the use of ice and makes the smoothie thicker and have a better consistency. Frozen produce are also full of nutrients. In comparison to fresh produce at the grocery store, which are picked far before they ripen so that they ripen at the store, frozen produce are picked when they are ripe at their optimal nutrient levels. Additionally, frozen produce is generally less expensive than fresh produce and of course, keeps longer. Berries also contain relatively low sugar content in comparison to other fruits. This smoothie is primarily greens and only contains a small amount of berries, which prevents this turning from a healthy smoothie into pure sugar. 

I love adding avocados to my smoothies. It adds a bit of healthy fat and makes the smoothie thicker and more filling. I sometimes add protein powders to my smoothie. For this smoothie, I like Collagen Fuel Vanilla Coconut – it is delicious and full of collagen which is great for your hair, skin, and nails. I LOVE coconut water. It is hydrating, contains electrolytes, is natural, and a great add to smoothies. My favorite brand is The Harmless Coconut. It is USDA Organic,  and tastes so fresh. A lot of Coconut waters are not organic or don’t require refrigeration and I can definitely taste the difference. 

Mix these ingredients up in your blender and enjoy!