Smoothies have always been one of my favorite ways to start the day. Packed with fresh fruits and veggies, they are a great and delicious way to get your fill of energy-boosting proteins and healthy fats.
Not all smoothies are the same: There are bright pink smoothies, yellow or healthy green smoothies, thick purple açai bowls and nice cream, which is basically a banana smoothie without additional milk or water. We even see golden tumeric and deep blue smoothies on Instagram.
I have many great smoothie recipes on my mind, that you should try! Especially during summer time, I love smoothie bowls of all sorts. The Green Protein Smoothie Bowl is just one example of thousands! (Though an especially creamy and nutritious one!)
As a refreshing, colorful drink served in a jar or bowl, smoothies are the perfect choice on hot summer days. They are great if you don’t have much time on hand, just prep your ingredients a couple of days beforehand and freeze them in a mason jar or reusable zipper bag. When you are ready to get blending, you’ll heave all your fruits and veggies already washed and chopped up.
Wether you are grabbing a smoothie from the deli on your blog, at a fancy coffeeshop or the supermarket, you can never be sure, where the used ingredients come from and how they are processed. Making smoothies yourself is – as so often, the best option. Though I am well aware, that this is not aways doable for everybody. If you are buying your smoothie at the store, make sure it doesn’t come with added sugar. Same goes for cafés or restaurants. You might want to make sure, that your liquid dose of fruits and veggies isn’t prepared with cow milk either. *It has all happened before*
Smoothies are a wonderful and nutritional breakfast or snack. They can (in my eyes) be enjoyed at any time of the day - against the common belief that fruit should not be consumed after a certain time of the day. I simply make sure to not exceed my total daily calorie limit, but other than that I don't give a f*ck wether it is smarter to have a smoothie at 8 am or 8 pm.
I did in deed notice that smoothies are easier digestible if I don’t go too heavy on the fruit side and always blend a good mixture of veggies and healthy fats such as avocado, coconut oil, tahini or peanut butter with my berries, bananas and mangos.
You should give the recipe bellow a try, especially if you used to have trouble with smoothies in the past (bloating, stomachache, nausea). A very important tip on the side: Make sure to eat your smoothie slowly. Yes, I say EAT! I usually use a spoon and try to focus on my meal, without distraction from my phone or simultaneous email writing. This is really important, as the risk to overeat is minimized and you learn, how much food you actually need to feel satisfied. I used to blend way to much fruit and veggies for a single serving and learned with the time what my stomach could handle!
RECIPE: Green Protein Smoothie Bowl
This smoothie is:
- super creamy
- very nutritious
- high in protein
- high in healthy fats
- easy to make
- crazy healthy
- 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
- 1/3 cup frozen peas
- 1 ripe banana
- 1 handful spinach
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk
- natural sweetener to taste (agave syrup or stevia)
- additional: 2 scoops of PURYA! Red Banana Baobab Protein
Give in your blender, blend at high speed for 1 minute, pour in a bowl or jar and enjoy!