6/17/16

Green Smoothie Bowls


With the summer in full swing, it's become way too hot in my apartment for any real cooking. Especially since my old gas oven leaks heat faster than a busted Corellian YT-1300 light freighter. So the one machine I've been using the most this June has been my trusty Magic Bullet. 

Recently I've been on a green smoothie kick. (Salads you sip? I'm down.) Once I figured out 'smoothie bowls' are just horizontal smoothies with stuff on top, I couldn't get enough of 'em! With lots of fiber, vitamins, and moral superiority, these will give you a well-needed boost morning or afternoon.

On portions: Smoothies can be great pick-me-up snacks or full-on meal replacements. It's all about what you put in them, your diet, and your penchant for slurping meals. I consider the recipes below to be meal substitutes, but smoothies are the easiest to store in the fridge for later, so divide and conquer hungry health nuts!

There are some stigmas attached to smoothie bowls that I needed to get over. The first was my teenage self, saying that "Trends are stupid and I shouldn't do something just cause everyone else is!" The other was my kid self, saying that "Ewwwww that smoothie looks like gray mud in a bowl!"
To all the (inner) haters: These are delicious, nutritious, and cool to make. 

Ingredients:

Green Machine

1/2 cup orange juice or grapefruit juice
1 celery stalk, roughly chopped
1/2 cucumber, sliced
2 handfuls of spinach
1 handful of baby kale
1/2 apple, sliced 
Fresh Ginger, grated to taste
1/4 avocado, sliced
Fresh Parsely

Berry Blue Morning 

1/2 cup almond milk
1 handful spinach
1/4 cup frozen strawberries, sliced in half
1/4 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 banana, sliced
1 tsp flax seed or chia seeds
1/2 cup greek yogurt
1 scoop Vanilla Protein Powder
1 tablespoon peanut butter

Grey Sludge Delight

1/2 cup orange juice
1 handful spinach
1 handful kale
1/4 cup strawberries
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1 tsp flax seed or chia seeds
1/2 cup greek yogurt, sliced
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 scoop Vanilla Protein Powder

Preparation:

1) Place all ingredients in the blender, in the order that they are listed. Leave out any protein powder.
2) Give'm a whirl until completely blended.
3) Stir in the protein powder, if desired.
4) Sip with a straw, or pour into a bowl and add toppings (see below). Enjoy!

Toppings! (Aka the best part.)

Fresh Fruit: 
Sliced Strawberries, Bananas, Blueberries, Raspberries, Kiwi

A Little Fat: 
Flax Seed, Coconut Shavings, Sliced Almonds, Pecans, Chia Seeds, Sunflower Seeds

Sweeteners: 
Honey, Agave, Rainbow Sprinkles, Chocolate Shavings

One more note:
You'll notice I used relatively simple ingredients, for smoothies at least. Feel free to add any nutritional supplements you love. I haven't yet dived into the world of hemp, seaweed, and wheatgrass, but I'm sure, like all of us, that fate awaits me.


Happy blending!


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