Smoothies and Smoothie Bowls are a great way to pack in a lot of nutrients. My girls prefer a smoothie bowl with crunchy toppings like cacao nibs, shredded coconut, hemp seeds and fresh berries. I prefer a smoothie since I can drink it with one hand while doing a million other things. Please note that the best way to enjoy a meal or snack is sitting down at the table and eating mindfully. That is something that I’m working on and am probably 75 % of the way there but unfortunately it is so easy to get work down or meals packed while sipping on a smoothie. I always remind myself and my clients, health is a life long journey, and not a destination. We are not looking for perfection we are just looking for continual baby steps towards helping us feel our best. Okay back to the smoothies!
The Chocolate Avocado Smoothie Bowl can serve as a single meal or can be divided up into two servings for a snack. This bowl is packed with protein, healthy fat, and fiber to help balance your blood sugar and leave you feeling satiated for several hours. The fat from the avocado, cashews, and hemp seeds provide energy, is important for hormone health, help form cell membranes, as well as help you absorb fat soluble vitamins like A, D, E and K.
The fiber provided by the cauliflower helps feed our good gut bugs and important for immune health with all the vitamins, mineral, and antioxidants is contains. Cauliflower is part of the cruciferous family providing anti cancer benefits by reducing oxidative stress.
Protein from collagen as well as cashews and hemp seeds is key to balancing your blood sugar and keeping you full for several hours. It is also the building blocks of our muscle tissue, bone, hair, skin, and nails.
The key to any smoothie is protein, fiber and fat!
1/2 an avocado
1 tablespoon cacao powder, unsweetened
3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk or milk of choice
2 dates, pitted
1/2 cup frozen cauliflower rice
1/4 cup raw cashews
1 tablespoons hemp seeds
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
6 ice cubes
1 scoop collagen, optional (I like Paleovalley)
Cacao nibs, banana slices, cashews, and chia seeds for a garnish, optional
- Add all ingredients into a blender except for cacao nibs.
- Blend until you get an ice cream like consistency. Add more milk if you prefer a smoothie instead of a bowl.
Pro tip: If you have extra smoothie left over you can make popsicles or pour the mixture into ice cube trays to add to your smoothie at another time.