Where oh where do I start? It has been quite some time since I have blogged and I am happy to be back at it! Life has been busy and moving fast these days. And, with those busy days comes the need of quick, healthy and yummy recipes.
Often we think that we need to be in the kitchen for hours in order to have a great meal. But, really some of the most yummy meals are the easiest. Not to mention the importance of giving your body the benefits of a beautiful raw meal. In short, ingesting fruits and vegetables that are in it’s natural state help feed our body with nutrients and natural enzymes. A food is considered raw if uncooked or prepared below 116 degrees.
Now, I am not suggesting eating 100% raw is the way to go as I believe cooking has many benefits. I believe, cooking is an art form, cooking can be therapeutic, cooking for another person is a form of love and gratitude, cooking brings people together. As Michael Pollan suggests in his documentary and book Cooked, “We are biologically adapted to eating our food cooked, cooking is in our nature.”
What I am saying is that your body can benefit from turning off the stove from time to time. Eating raw can aid in increased energy levels and improved digestion! Now, you’re thinking about that last time you chose to grab something to eat that maybe was not the most nutritious, aren’t you? But you talked yourself into it because you were hungry and didn’t have anything prepared. What if you can learn a few good recipes to keep up your sleeve for those trying times? Well, you’re in luck because I have just the recipe for you!
Smoothie bowls are all the rage these days and man, I got to tell you I sure am happy about it. I’ve always liked smoothies but I often don’t feel truly satiated after having one. Why? Maybe it has something to do with drinking my meal? I don’t know, the smoothie itself has just never really done it for me. Now, a smoothie bowl, that I can get on board with. I get to eat it with a spoon, it looks pretty and it has toppings on it, that’s a win in my book. Who’s with me? I know a few of you nodded in agreeance, so here is the recipe!
Avocado Smoothie Bowl
- 1/2 of an avocado, pitted and removed from the exocarp.
- 1/2 frozen banana
- Generous handful of organic greens (spinach, kale,swiss chard, whatever you got!)
- 4 TBSP or so of Organic Almond Milk (more may be needed, depending on your blender)
- Optional: 1 scoop of protein powder of choice ( I use a Vanilla Organic Grass Fed Whey- you could also use a hemp protein if choosing to keep 100% raw and vegan.)
- Toppings: 1 Kiwi, sliced and removed from skin, handful of raspberries and 1-2 TBSP of your favorite gluten free granola. Cacao Nibs, raw coconut or sliced mango are also great!
Directions: Place the first 3 or 4 ingredients in a blender and pulse until smooth. Top with the toppings of your choice! Easy as 1,2,3!