I was kind of confused when this trend became popular because I didn’t understand why anyone would want to eat their smoothie out of a bowl when they could just suck it down with a perfectly good straw out of a cup per usual. However my instagram feed inspired me to try something new this morning so I transformed our usual smoothie recipe into a bowl.
Was it better? Yes! Why? The TOPPINGS!!
1 frozen banana
1/2 cup mixed frozen berries
1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
1 scoop chocolate protein powder
Mix all ingredients in a blender until smooth 😉
drizzle of almond butter
granola (we just picked up some cocao and cashew butter granola by Bear Naked and it’s a perfect match for this bowl!)
Cabbage seems like a weird ingredient to salsa and this was not a premeditated ingredient. For dinner last night we were going to make a fresh avocado, black bean, corn and red cabbage salad but we also had a jar of salsa, decided to mix it together and the result was aaamazing!
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup cooked corn, cooled
1/4 head red cabbage
1 jar Cuban-Style Black Bean Salsa (Archer Farms brand from Target)
I seriously think it’s worth a trip to Target for this salsa. So. Good. And while you’re there grab a bag of Way Better Snacks Sweet Potato Corn Tortilla Chips. This was my first time trying sweet potato chips and they’re delicious! Perfect, healthy pairing for this salsa.
The lime juice in the salsa did a great job of preserving the avocado. This recipe is a good party size or if you want, divvy it up and eat it later as a meal.
Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Cover tightly and store in fridge if you don’t eat it all right away. Enjoy!
Last week at work we hosted an annual “Rev Your Bev” event for the first time. It’s powered by the Virginia Foundation for a Healthy Youth and when we signed up with a time and location for May 13th, they sent a box of resources, including sugar cubes with table tent pictures of commonly consumed beverages to really open peoples’ eyes to the amount of sugar they contain. We had a pledge board and sign to take a picture with for posting with #REVYOURBEV. While some people could have cared less, others got excited about working towards a change which as a current nutritionist and future RD got me excited! I’m never going to stop baking delectable, fattening treats loaded with sugar but I thought my blog could also use some recipes from the way I eat on a daily basis. So here you have it, my spinach & mango smoothie.
Putting spinach in a smoothie has always scared me because the thought of drinking a leaf just isn’t appetizing BUT I decided to throw some spinach and a few other things I enjoy in a blender in hopes it would turn out not only edible but delicious. Luckily for this morning’s breakfast, it did!
spinach & mango smoothie
1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1/2 cup OJ
2 handfuls fresh spinach
3/4 cup mango
1 scoop vanilla or unflavored protein powder
Blend and enjoy!
Side note: I don’t like the sound of blenders to begin with so I avoid putting ice in them. A handful would probably be a good addition to this drink if your ears can handle it.