This is my very first recipe video that I am so excited to share on my site with special thanks to my collaborators for making this possible!
Collaborators: Kelsie Abolt, Tracy Dennis, Erin Sutherland
Music: Casey Dennis
This is also my all-time favorite smoothie recipe! It has tons of superfoods to give you nutrients all day long. I’m so obsessed with it that I’ve had it for breakfast every morning for the past two weeks. Obsessive? Maybe, but it’s just that good!
Sometimes I’ll mix it up and swap out the almond milk for coconut water or add a scoop of protein powder if I’m in the mood. The avocado makes it extra thick and creamy-perfect for layering toppings and making it into an art project worthy of intagram. I also love the smoothie bowl concept because I like eating smoothies with a spoon and getting the extra crunch on top from granola, cacao nibs, or anything your heart desires!
Breakfast is my favorite time to make this because I am such a chocoholic, and it keeps me full and energized for the day without weighing me down. I’ve been in the habit of getting up and doing some yoga first-thing and then making one of these smoothie bowls. I found a new yoga youtube channel I love from Heather called Yoga with Adriene. I especially love her “yoga for weight loss” series if you are looking for some strengthening yoga workouts from home. Now that the weather is getting nicer I’ll take my matt and laptop to the local park and do some sun salutations outside!
Gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, soy-free, vegan, paleo, corn-free, and sugar-free.
- 1 large frozen banana
- 1/2 avocado
- 6 pitted dates
- 1 cup kale
- 2 Tablespoons pumpkin puree
- 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 1/2 cups almond milk (or coconut water)
- 1/2 cup ice
- chia seeds
- fresh sliced fruit (strawberries, bananas, blueberries, etc)
- shredded coconut
- ground flax
- chopped nuts
- cacao nibs
- goji berries
- dried fruit
- peanut butter/almond butter
- The possibilities are endless!
- Place all smoothie ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
- Pour into bowls and top with desired toppings, and serve!
This smoothie has so many great nutrients in it making it a complete meal! One serving has 7 grams of fiber, 100% your daily value of vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, potassium, and even some iron. This doesn’t even include all the great healthy toppings you add to it!
- Banana: Rich in potassium, bananas help the body’s circulatory system deliver oxygen to the brain. This also helps maintain a regular heartbeat and a proper balance of water in the body. It also contains tryptophan to help relax you and lift your spirits!
- Chocolate: Click Here for a post I wrote about the benefits of chocolate.
- Avocado: Avocados are high in monounsaturated fats that help the skin stay clear and protect your brain. It is also a good source of the carotenoid lutein. Lutein protects against macular degeneration and cataracts, two disabling age-related eye diseases. Avocado, like olive oil, is high in oleic acid, which has been shown to prevent breast cancer in numerous studies.
- Pumpkin: One cup of pumpkin has 7 grams fiber, 2650 IU Vitamin A, 564 mg potassium. It also boasts a truckload of antioxidants like Alpha-carotene and Beta-carotene.
- Dates: A laxative food with a high-fiber content, so it can help those suffering from constipation. They are digested quite easily and are great for when you need quick energy. Also, regular consumption of dates has been found to help the growth of friendly bacteria in the intestines.
- Kale: This leafy green contains a whole host of nutrients to keep you healthy. One cup of kale contains 5 grams of fiber, 15% daily requirement of calcium and vitamin B6, 40% of magnesium, 180% of vitamin A, 200% of vitamin C, and 1,020% of vitamin K. Kale is also rich in the eye-health promoting lutein and zeaxanthin compounds. It is also a great source of calcium, much better than any dairy product.