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As a natural-minded mama, I’m always on the lookout for easy and simple, healthy meals or snacks. It’s an area I’ve struggled with for a while, but with some practice in preparing food I’m getting better. Also: with how crazy things can be, the simpler and easier, the better! Enter this breakfast smoothie bowl…
A few months ago, I discovered these incredible smoothie bowls through the suggestion of a friend. Once I tried them, there was no looking back. These bowls taste incredible, and are extremely refreshing. The ingredients are full of plant-packed nutrients and power to support your body, helping you feel your best. Plus it’s really simple to make, and the kids love to help “decorate” the smoothie bowl with their favorite healthy toppings. And it doesn’t hurt that the goodness in these bowls are always so colorful and photogenic!
There is so much variation to this recipe – so really, do what you want with it! Each bowl I’ve come across starts with a frozen superfood (such as acai, pitaya/dragonfruit, spirulina, etc) – and is blended up with a banana, frozen almondmilk cubes, and local raw honey. You can always add ice too, to make it thicker. You can truly customize the amounts and ingredients in any way you wish. Stores such as Super Target and Costco have superfood options easily found in the freezer section – or try out your local natural/health foods store.
The toppings can be anything you wish, too! Common toppings are granola, chia seeds, coconut shreds, and a variety of fruits, such as strawberries, banana, or blueberries.
My absolute favorite combination is in the photo here, and in the recipe card (free download for email subscribers!) you see below. I like to make a pitaya bowl with extra honey for sweetness, and on the top, add granola, chia seeds, and sliced strawberries. It is incredibly refreshing to have a plant-packed smoothie bowl for breakfast in the mornings! Personally, this is much more refreshing (and much better for you) than the typical donuts, pancakes, or waffles, for breakfast.
So, here you go, how to make the plant-powered breakfast bowl:
- Gather your ingredients: choose a superfood (such as pitaya, acai, or spirulina), a banana, almondmilk – frozen into cubes, and raw honey
- Blend 4oz frozen pitaya (dragonfruit), 1/2 banana, almondmilk cubes, and 2 Tablespoons raw honey, then pour in a big bowl
- Add toppings: anything from granola, shredded coconut, chia seeds, strawberries, blueberries, bananas – the possibilities are endless!
Here’s a recipe/ingredient card for those of you who prefer visuals!
The photo here saved a little small – so be sure to sign up here for your free printable recipe card in the library! You’ll also find a recipe card for a healthy frozen mocha in the library – another tasty treat, easy for busy natural minded moms to make.
Here’s another bonus – add a superfoods powder to your smoothies for an extra boost! This powder is rich in naturally-occuring vitamins and minerals, antioxidants, and more. It also supports gut health, immune health, natural energy levels, hormone balance… the list goes on.
This list is everything that’s included in the super food powder, which also gives ideas for more ingredients to blend up or top on your bowl: acai berry, blueberry, raspberry, strawberry, tart cherry, beet, cranberry, ginger root, burdock root, and chaga mushroom powders. Many of these ingredients can be found in your local natural grocery or health foods store, or in the freezer section on stores like Super Target or Costco.
Tips for natural mamas: get excited yourself about eating nutrient-dense foods, and your kids will learn from you! Have tasty, easy treats like cut up fruit to snack on readily available; Make delicious bowls or other easy plant-packed recipes yourself, and include them in the process of making those treats – this gives more ownership and builds excitement over trying the final product!
~Katherine Newsom writes at Simple Natural Mama
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