Smoothies are the best. For serious. They’re sweet and delicious, and I’ve never met one I didn’t like! Actually, that’s a lie; there was one smoothie back when we were trying Mr. Nomato on an elimination diet that tasted like ginger apple ditchwater, but I hardly count that. It was more like juice anyway. Smoothies are creamy, full of nutrients and incredibly convenient when you’re on your way out the door. They’re practically perfect in every way.
I’m always hungry again an hour afterward.
Now, this is not entirely the fault of the smoothie. I mean, if I tossed all its parts into a salad (a weird, weird salad), I’m sure I wouldn’t be hungry again so soon. It’s my brain’s fault. See, when I’m drinking the smoothie, my brain still thinks I haven’t eaten anything because there’s no chewing involved. There’s no ‘mouthfeel’ aspect to it (quick aside, I completely agree with the idea of ‘mouthfeel’, but can we please all agree that ‘mouthfeel’ is the worst word ever? Ew).
Cue my favourite new food trend: The Smoothie Bowl! By eating my thick, creamy smoothie with a spoon and adding some delicious, crunchy toppings, it actually feels like I’m eating my breakfast or lunch instead of drinking it.
It was a revelation. My entire life has changed. I can last until the next meal without reaching for some sort of snack. Hooray for brain tricking!
This particular smoothie is incredible. It’s so thick and creamy and is almost more like a milkshake than a smoothie. Full to the brim with spinach and avocado, it’s also packed full of vitamins and healthy fats that you can’t taste! (Mwahaha!).
I make my smoothies in my magic bullet – probably one of the smartest investments in my nomad kitchen. It’s small enough to be packed and stored easily in the moves, but is large enough to create filling and delicious smoothies that magically fit the bowls in our most recent abode.
The first thing we need to do is pack your blender full of all the ingredients, starting with the frozen raspberries. Frozen fruit is essential for the smoothie bowls because you want them to be thicker than normal. Otherwise anything you put on top of the bowl will sink straight to the bottom. Protein powder is also helpful as a thickener, as well as the avocado half.
Now to really make sure we’ve got the chocolate flavour in there, we want to add 1 tsp cocoa powder (more chocolate flavour with almost no calories? Yes please!) and then pack the rest full of spinach.
The last step is to add ¾ cup of milk. I use unsweetened almond milk in my recipe because it has a low calorie count, and I find the vanilla adds a nice flavour. If you want to use cow’s milk, I suggest adding a smidge of vanilla extract. Really, you can use any milk… type… product you want. Everyone’s got their favourite, but soy, rice or coconut milk also work.
Now we blend!
Blend until it’s all completely blended in. It should be the consistency of a milkshake, nice and thick.
Now we can dump it in a bowl and add our toppings! I’m starting with some more frozen raspberries, homemade granola and some chia and flax seeds.
So delicious. You’d never know there was so much spinach in it! Or avocados.
If you’re feeling especially sinful and want to make this more of a dessert than a breakfast, you can add some coconut flakes and dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips.
But Cristina, you say, doesn’t that defeat the convenience and purpose of a smoothie? The fact that I can pour it in a thermos and drink it at my desk at work/while my child is using me as a jungle gym/pretend I’m drinking coffee like all the other adults do? The answer is yes and no. You can still keep it in a thermos, even toss your fruit and crunchy toppings on top for safe transportation to work (in that order)! All you need is a spoon and you’re good to go.
And who wouldn’t want this for a grab and go breakfast, I ask you. The smoothie itself is about 360 calories. Homemade granola is definitely the most calorie-rich topping, and my ‘final product dessert’ smoothie with the fruit, chocolate, coconut, flax seeds and homemade granola is about 550 calories. A solid start to any morning, especially since you’ll be full until lunch!
- ½ cup frozen raspberries
- 1 scoop chocolate protein powder (can be ½ scoop if necessary)
- ½ large avocado
- 1 tsp cocoa powder
- 1 cup baby spinach , loosely packed
- ¾ cup unsweetened almond milk (OR milk, soy milk, rice milk, coconut milk, etc.)
- Suggested Toppings: frozen or fresh raspberries , strawberries, blueberries, coconut flakes, granola or muesli, rolled oats, chia or flax seeds, dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips, a drizzle of honey or agave nectar.
Add raspberries, protein powder, avocado, cocoa powder and spinach into the blender.
Pour milk over top.
Blend until smooth, should be very thick and creamy
Pour smoothie into a bowl and top with desired toppings!
This recipe was featured in the Hump Day Happenings Link-up!