Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Smoothie Bowls #ftw

Soo! Doing a little bit of a different blog post today, I know its been a REAL hot minute since I shared a recipe blog post- but sometimes I think it is fun- & I had to share with you guys my obsession as of late in the form of: The Smoothie Bowl. This delicious bowl of goodness has been a staple in my diet lately- & I have had one of these the last 3 days in a row for breakfast. I could probs live off these if you let me. They are that damn good. Not to mention healthy & full of real good for you additives. Which I am all about! After eating, I am left full for like a good 6+ hours, but light enough where I feel as though I can attack the day head on- best of both worlds? I think YES.

The best part about a smoothie bowl? There are like 397678236787 variations you can take on how you want to go about making one. For this specific recipe, I'll just give you the ingredients for one of my favorites- which incorporates pineapple, mango, & strawberries with some toppings that make me smile. As far as other recipes go- I'll link a few that I can't wait to try- & maybe you will want to as well!

Lets start at the very beginning. It is a very good place to start. :P The base of this delicious goodness comes in the form of a splash of OJ, some ice cubes, cubed frozen mango (about 3-4 pieces), cubed frozen pineapple (about 3-4 pieces), & a serving (almost a full single serving container-leave a pinch to drizzle on the top) of toasted coconut vanilla greek yogurt.

After I blend all that loveliness together; to make it pretty & even more delicious/flavorful- I top it off with frozen strawberries, maple/brown sugar oats (I like the single serving packets from Oat Revolution- made with flaxseed & fairly low cal), a drizzle of the remaining greek yogurt, & a drizzle of almond Honey Bunches of Oats cereal for some added crunch! SO GOOD.

"My" Smoothie Bowl Ingredients

+ The Base +

Orange Juice (a splash)
Frozen Mango (cubed, about 3-4 pieces)
Frozen Pineapple (cubed, about 3-4 pieces)
Light & Fit 80 cal Toasted Coconut Vanilla Greek Yogurt (1 single serving container)

+ The Toppings +

Frozen Strawberries (about 4-5 pieces)
Oat Revolution's Maple Brown Sugar Oats (1/2 single serving packet)
Honey Bunches of Oats with Almonds (a drizzle)
(& don't forget a drizzle of the remaining greek yogurt)!

To Make

1. Add all "The Base" ingredients into a blender or food processor, & blend! You'll want this to be fairly thick- think eating with a spoon vs. a straw- if it gets too thin it won't hold the toppings well & will get all soupy in your bowl!

2. Add toppings of choice! (for this specific recipe, these ingredients all go really well together), but you could always switch it up to suit your fancy if something doesn't appeal to you!

& Voila! You have yourself your very first smoothie bowl. Pair with a home-made iced coffee & you are off to the races! You guys are going to LOVE. For some other variations, check out a more original & standard "Acai" Bowl from Lean Green Nutrition Fiend, or this "Peach Pie" smoothie bowl from Spoonful of Flavor, or finally- for a dessert take variation; a "Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana" smoothie bowl from Bakerita. (Uh, hello? that looks amazing).

Hope everyones week is treating them well! I have been pretty chill this week- my allergies are kicking me where it hurts & I have needed a lot of R&R to feel rested. I am currently binge watching "13 Reasons Why" on Netflix & I. Can't. Stop. Watching. I am determined to finish before I go back to work Friday. Oh, & then its San Diego next week! YAS! Still gonna squeeze in another blog post before the week ends so- stay tuned!

Hope you guys enjoyed a random recipe post. Love & stuff! Xx. E.

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