You all know I love my green smoothies (especially for lunch), but sometimes a girl just wants to eat her lunch with a spoon. And chew. And crunch around a little bit.
But still get that same oooo-weeeee baby! powered up and ready to go feeling that only green smoothies can do.
And lately, I just can’t stop with these. It’s like the perfect combo. The perfect meal, really.
But, one wrong move, and you’ll be sipping yours through a straw instead.
So for as much as I hate prescriptive rules when it comes to cooking (be free little friends!), here are some useful tips for better bowl making, so you can start out as a pro:
Rules to Green Smoothie Bowl Success: A How To Guide
- Only use frozen bananas. I pre-cut mine and keep them in a big ziploc in the fridge so they’re always ready to go.
- Start with just a tiny amount of water in the blender.
- Using a very clean protein powder or avocado gives it a awesome thicker texture, and great satisfying staying power for the hours that follow it.
- Toppings need to include a little bit from each of these categories: sweetness and chewiness, tiny crunches and big crunches (see below).
- Ice ice baby. And always. After the first ingredients are already blended of course. This makes it fluffy.
- Don’t be too serious. Have fun, and play around with your toppings. It’s like art-time for grown ups. Like lunch that you get to decorate with sprinkles on top.
And lastly- appreciate it. Take the 5 minutes to make something beautiful and fresh and healthy and good for yourself, and a more powerful day will follow.
And then, repeat daily. And a more beautiful, fulfilling, and powerful life will follow. It’s the truth.
The Big Green Smoothie Bowl
Makes 1 serving
4-5 stalks kale (or 2 cups spinach or romaine lettuce)
1/2 avocado (or 1 scoop natural protein powder like my favorite, Sun Warrior brand)
1/4 to 1/2 banana, frozen
1/3 cup water
1 scoop natural almond butter, acai powder or maca powder (optional add ins)
Blend all ingredients together, adding water slowly as you need it. Go slow! Too much water = sippable smoothies, not something you can eat with a spoon.
The following are all superfoods, prized for their high nutritional profiles of minerals, vitamins, anti-oxidants, healthy fats and superpowers. If you don’t have access to any of these, chopped nuts, raisins and seeds of your choice can work great too.
goji berries/mulberries/strawberries/blueberries/bananas (for sweetness and chewiness)
raw cocoa nibs (for tiny crunch)
hemp seeds (for extra staying power and great protein/healthy fats)
pumpkin seeds (for bigger crunch)
chia seeds (for extra staying power and great protein/healthy fats)
brazil nuts/walnuts (for bigger crunch)
banana chips or coconut flakes (for bigger crunch, and for sweetness and chewiness)
Play and sprinkle. Stir and enjoy.