Hello & happy new year, folks! I hope you had a wonderful holiday. Being back at home in Florida for the holidays was truly awesome! Never take living near family & friends for granted. My husband & I are so grateful that we were able to see most of our family this year. <3
Anyways, onto the reason for my post today: smoothie bowls! Who else made a resolution to make this year a healthier one? Smoothie bowls will definitely help you achieve that. Delicious & healthy- you can’t beat that! There are thousands of recipes for smoothie bowls on the internet, many of which I have tried. A lot of them call for xantham gum which I don’t particularly care for. This week I was making a smoothie & decided to add cottage cheese for added protein. BAM! A perfect substitution for xantham gum & a heavenly bowl of health was born. This tropical smoothie bowl is easy (only 6 ingredients), can be topped with unlimited options (raspberries ,coconut shavings, chocolate chips, etc.), & the kicker: SPINACH! It has spinach in it & I pinky promise you can’t taste it, like, at all. *drops mic & walks away to enjoy delicious smoothie bowl*
Tropical Smoothie Bowl
- 1 serving (85g) baby spinach
- 1 scoop (34g) vanilla or similar protein powder (I use Ghost’s Cereal Milk Whey powder from GNC)
- 2 servings (280) frozen tropical fruit blend (I use Wyman’s brand with pinapple, coconut, strawberries & mango from Publix)
- 1 serving (113g) low-fat 1% cottage cheese
- 4 ice cubes
- 1/2 cup water
Combine ingredients into a blender & blend away! That easy! Since this is a smoothie bowl it will be thick so you may need to use a spatula & push the ingredients down a few times until well blended. I use a Ninja & it takes about two to three minutes of blending to get it to a smooth, fluffy consistency. After that, simply spoon it into a BIG bowl (or save half for a second bowl later), top with whatevs & enjoy!
Makes 1 large serving. 440 calories | 45g carbs | 9.5g fat | 44g protein | 8g fiber
Try this out & let me know what you think. I am pretty darn proud to hide that spinach in there! Do you have any smoothie recipes you enjoy? I’d love it if you shared them in the comments so we can try them out too! 🙂
Make it a strong, healthy, & balanced first week of 2017!