HEALTHY EATS

banana, berry & coconut smoothie bowl

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!!

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Bowl Ingredients

  • 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 😉

Toppings

  • fresh blueberries
  • 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!)

Add toppings and enjoy!!

fresh red cabbage salsa

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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!

Ingredients:

  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup cooked corn, cooled
  • 1/4 head red cabbage
  • 1 avocado
  • 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!

spinach & mango smoothie

 

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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.