I love smoothies. But I prefer to eat them as smoothie bowls rather than just sucking them down with a straw. It just feels more filling that way. It’s like eating dessert! And it’s filling and loaded with antioxidants and micronutrients without a bunch of additives that leave you feeling bloated and disgusting.
But smoothies and smoothie bowls can be incredibly calorie-dense when you get them from a restaurant. They generally (not always, but usually) add extra sugar and other things that add loads of calories and excess sugar and fat. My trick is steaming zucchini or cauliflower, pureeing in my blender or food processor, then transferring to ice cube trays so that I always have something healthy to add bulk, but not unwanted calories to my delicious smoothies. It works like a charm! Seriously, if you haven’t tried this trick, you need to. It might sound a little bit gross, but trust me. DELICIOUS!
I like to make smoothie bowls in the morning, put them in a glass storage container, place it in the freezer and when I’m ready to leave for work I just grab it and go. When I get to work I just put it in the freezer and by the time lunch rolls around it’s the consistency of gelato. soooooooo gooooood!!!! I bring my toppings in a separate container so they don’t get soggy and simply top right before I eat. So yummy!
GREEN AÇAI SMOOTHIE BOWL
Serves: 1 Prep Time: 10 minutes Cooking Time: 0 minutes
- ½ cup (4 ounces) unsweetened coconut yogurt
- ½ scoop vegan protein (plain or vanilla)
- 1 packet frozen unsweetened acai
- 4 to 5 cubes frozen steamed zucchini
- ½ (50g) frozen banana slices
- 2 handfuls organic fresh baby spinach (or baby kale or mix)
Add the yogurt, protein powder, zucchini cubes, banana, and acai to a blender and blitz until the zucchini cubes are broken up a little bit.
Scrape down the sides of the blender and add the spinach. Use the tamper to ensure everything is well combined.
Top with whatever toppings you desire and enjoy!