Kick off your morning with a healthy, refreshing, filling smoothie bowl! These strawberry-banana bowls are loaded with plant-based nutrition. Top with your favorite crunchy almonds, granola, or fresh fruit.
I may have a problem. I literally woke up from a having dream about smoothies one day last week.
I’ve noticed a trend over the past couple of years. When January rolls around, I start craving smoothies all the time. Whether they’re green smoothies or purple smoothies or coffee smoothies or bowl smoothies, it matters not. It’s like someone flips a smoothie switch in my brain and I don’t want to ever turn it off.
Once I realized that this phenomenon was an annual pattern, I learned to roll with it and see how long it lasts. At the beginning of January, I stock up on the following to make smoothie creation a breeze:
– Fresh and frozen fruits. Bananas, mango, strawberries, blueberries, oranges, apples, kiwis, limes, lemons.
– Fresh greens like kale, spinach, and chard.
– Fun toppings like coconut flakes, hemp hearts, chia seeds, almonds, and granola.
– SoDelicious coconutmilk! I’ve tried plenty of other non-dairy milk options, as well as plain old coconut water. But I love the creamy, rich texture that coconutmilk adds to smoothies. And as for why I choose coconut milk? Among a whole list of other benefits, it contains more calcium, magnesium, and good fats than cow’s milk. And it doesn’t give me that lethargic feeling/tummy ache/congested feeling that comes along with cow’s milk. 🙌
BONUS – I get everything I need, from the fresh produce to coconutmilk to the specialty items like chia seeds, from Kroger! All in one place, all in one stop. BOOM.
Every smoothie turns out a little bit different, but any combination of the above ingredients is bound to be good for you. It’s such an easy way to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your diet which means you’re probably making good on those New Year’s resolutions, right?
What I’ve found is that if I keep a good amount of smoothie ingredients on hand and at eye-level in the fridge, I’m more likely to start my day off on a healthy note. I’m full and energized for hours, and I feel so good about already packing in a full glass of plant-based goodness before lunchtime. I also hate seeing fresh foods go to waste, so I make sure to burn through everything by the end of the week.
Most days, I pour my smoothie into a big mason jar and sit down at the computer to start working. But when I feel like having a slow, relaxed morning, it’s fun to mix things up with a smoothie bowl instead. I can load up on the toppings and enjoy it one bite at a time.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of WhiteWave Foods. The opinions and text are all mine.
- Serves: 32 oz.
- Serving size: 1
- Calories: 93
- Fat: 0.6 g
- Saturated fat: 0.1 g
- Unsaturated fat: 0.5 g
- Trans fat: 0 g
- Carbohydrates: 20.6 g
- Sugar: 11.6 g
- Sodium: 39.5 mg
- Fiber: 3.6 g
- Protein: 3.5 g
- Cholesterol: 0 g
- 1 cup fresh spinach (kale or chard will work, too)
- 1 fresh banana
- 3 cups frozen strawberries
- ½ fresh orange
- 1 cup SoDelicious coconut milk (regular, from carton)
- Fresh berries
- Orange slices
- Chopped almonds
- Coconut flakes
- Hemp hearts
- Chia seeds
- Blend ingredients together until smooth. All chunks should be blended.
- Pour into bowls and garnish with toppings of your choice.