A couple of weeks ago I ordered myself a coconut bowl (yes made out of a real coconut shell!) to add to my ever-growing breakfast bowl collection, as I like my breakfast to be as beautiful as possible. I posted my morning smoothie bowl pics to my Instagram and people went a little nuts! Among the comments and messages, I was asked for my smoothie recipe and so, here it is.
I eat smoothie bowls for breakfast on average about five days a week. The exceptions are days that I have to be up and out teaching yoga or hitting the road to go to a meeting early in the morning, in which case I have overnight oats. And sometimes, especially in colder weather or if I am going to be running outdoors, I would have loaded porridge for breakfast. But smoothie bowls are my most frequent go-to.
So why do I love them?
- They are delicious AND nutritious.
- They are high in protein – when working with a Personal Trainer I noticed that if I had a high protein breakfast, it was much easier to hit my protein goals for the entire day.
- I can squeeze lots of fruit and veg into them, including spinach, which is essential for me for my skin maintenance, but I don’t really like the taste of spinach, the other smoothie bowl ingredients disguise it. If you are prone to acne like me, I recommend this as an easy way to up your vitamin A intake.
- Speaking of skin health, I find eating good fats like avocado also helps keep my skin in good nick.
- Smoothie bowls can be made in advance, they set and cool beautifully overnight in the fridge, ready to just eat in the morning.
- They taste like dessert or a treat and are a joy to eat.
- All the ingredients are raw, this would be considered Sattvic in Yoga and Ayurvedic traditions. Generally speaking, Sattvic foods would be foods that are, natural, vital, energy-containing, and conscious.
My recipe varies slightly from day-to-day depending on what I have in my cupboards and fridge but below is my basic recipe that I can add to or modify:
- 1 medium banana
- 1 big handful of fresh spinach
- 1 quarter of a large avocado
- Scoop/serving of your favourite sweet vegan protein powder
- Tablespoon of cacao powder
- Tablespoon of chia seeds
- 1 cup of plant milk (I usually use coconut and almond milk)
Blend in your Nutribullet or smoothie maker/blender.
- More chia seeds
- Cacao nibs
Optional extras for the base:
- Maca powder – if I happen to have some in my cupboard
- Peanut powder (to add an extra 5g protein)
- Chopped nuts
- Sliced banana – in this case, I use only half a banana in the base and keep the other half for the topping
- Edible flowers
- Flax seeds
As I mentioned, I have quite a collection of bowls for my porridge and my smoothie creations, but my favourite is now my coconut bowl. I use my coconut bowl for both my smoothie bowls and my nice cream and if you check my Instagram highlights, you will see how regularly I use it. As an online purchase, it is a thumbs up from me. I have since ordered the jumbo size so I can have my Buddha bowls in a coconut bowl too. The bowls are made from real coconut shells that would otherwise end up in landfill. The company’s mission is to inspire people to be conscious about the food they put into their body, and the impact products that they use has on the environment, and I can relate to this.
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