Super Easy, Superfood Smoothie Bowl
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It's been so hot in Georgia the last few weeks! Nick has this theory that the earth has been absorbing the heat for so long and it can't contain anymore, so it's heating us from the ground up. If it hadn't been so hot (99 - 102 degrees!), I might question his theory, but honestly? It wouldn't surprise me. Thankfully, it’s starting to cool down, and we’re feeling some fall in the air!
We've not gone outside as much lately as we'd like, and I know the dogs are missing their walks in the park! Thankfully, though, autumn is getting closer and closer, and the temperatures in the mountains, where I live half the week, are dropping fast!
But until it's time to break out the sweaters and hearty stews, we've been keeping cool with smoothies. I've always been a traditionalist when it comes to smoothies (it goes in a cup and you drink it with a reusable straw), but Nick likes to get fancy sometimes and make a smoothie bowl.
I don't blame him, though! They're so much fun to put together; it's almost like a mini arts and crafts project. Plus they just taste really good!
Before we dive into the recipe, just a heads up: this bowl is not AIP or GAPS friendly, and does contain allergens (coconuts, almond butter, cacao nibs). It is gluten free, organic, and can be made vegan (just use agave rather than local honey), super filling, and packed full of protein, fiber, and healthy fats.
The great thing about smoothies and bowls, though, is that you can adapt it to fit your diet. I’ll share my favorite AIP friendly recipes, but while you're here, keep reading for a quick and easy smoothie bowl recipe, and feel free to think outside the box and make it your own!
Nick's Super Easy, Superfood Smoothie Bowl
First, combine a cup of frozen, organic blueberries with a cup and a half of dairy-free milk. We use coconut milk, but you can use almond, cashew, rice, oat...whichever kind you want! I strongly recommend avoiding dairy, as it can cause inflammation, exacerbate any allergies/intolerances you already have, and impact the gut lining.
Next, add a heaping spoonful of nut butter (he used almond, just because we had it on hand) or another healthy fat, like coconut oil. You wouldn't believe how rich and creamy this makes the smoothie, and Nick always says it reminds him of PB&J.
We use a few different powdered supplements in our smoothies; Navitas Organics Acai Powder and Zhou Nutrition's Non-GMO Spirulina Powder. Add one teaspoon of acai, and one scoop of spirulina (also known as Blue Majik) into your smoothie next; the health benefits are out of this world, and they'll make your smoothie the most gorgeous purple!
Finally, add one scoop of Ancient Nutrition Bone Broth Protein Powder. Nick's a major chocaholic, and this protein powder - made with bone broth, probiotics, and organic ingredients - satisfies his cravings while also helping him stay full, heal his gut, and and supply him with him with nutrients like collagen, gelatin, glucosamine, chondroitin and other minerals that are so often lacking in our diets, but so necessary to support a healthy gut, boost your immune system, and assist with healthy aging.
Feel free to throw in a handful of greens to boost your smoothie even more, then blend these ingredients until they're smooth and creamy, and pour into a bowl. This is where the fun starts! You can put your own signature on it; some smoothie bowls are almost too pretty to eat, but we've yet to have that problem.
I always start with the cacao nibs (also by the incredible Navitas Organics), then add shredded coconut, granola (Simply Elizabeth's are organic, all natural, delicious, and clean), sliced banana, organic blueberries, and top it all off with a drizzle of local honey. You can drizzle almond butter on top of it, sprinkle some cinnamon, add a pinch of Himalayan pink salt...the options are endless.
I want to know: do you have a smoothie bowl recipe you swear by? Share it in the comments below, and we'll let Nick be the judge of who has the best smoothie bowl around!