Veggie Loaded Smoothie Bowl DREAMS

Posted by: on Aug 4, 2017 | 1 138 Comments

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If you’re anything like me you..

  1. Are obsessed with breakfast 
  2. Love a good ’ol smoothie 
  3. Have experiences any of the following unwanted things after downing one of said morning blends..
  • You’re extremely hungry only 1 hour after because let’s face it, even if the meal looked pretty with all that fruit and sweet toppings, it wasn’t loaded with things that keep you full for very long.
  • After what usually are very frozen smoothie bowls, you felt like your digestive system took a trip to the arctic and totally shut down.
  • Your blood sugar levels went soaring and then, 30 minutes later, crashed at your feet and your hormone system wasn’t very happy about the trip.

Does any of these ring a bell? If so, here are some good news: I have found a way to enjoy a really delicious, good looking and good for you creamy smoothie bowl that checks off zero of the things on the list. Instead, it keeps me full until lunch and my digestive system enjoys the lack of freezer chock. Also, it keeps my blood sugar + hormones stabil and happy (and let’s face it, they run the show so keeping those levels sane are everything).

We’ve had versions of this Veggie Loaded Smoothie DREAM ever since spring when I no longer felt like bowls of Powerful Porridge Mix. I’ve tweaked the measurements ever since, and while it’s been perfect for months, I haven’t had a moment to shoot and write this between kids, Wildlyh home building and workstuff. But finally! Now! TIME TO REVOLUTIONIZE YO BREAKFAST!  

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Fun & Fabulous Facts

Have you already scrolled through the list of ingredients for this smoothie and feel a bit put off by the list of veggies included? DON’T FRET! Yes, in all-caps. The frozen vegetables are in perfect balance to each other and the other ingredients, which makes the end-result oh-so tasty. While these bowls does not in any way taste like a smoothie loaded with frozen banana or mango, it has sweet notes of berries, tangy hits of lemon and an overall creamy, deliciousness. To me and my taste-testers it’s perfect and I hope you’ll bring it into your routine as well.

A breakfast packed with fiber, antioxidants and awesome fats from the chia, flax, coconut, frozen vegetables and (optional) superfoods. WHY NO FRUIT?

It sure isn’t because fruit is bad or anything. To me, fruit is the most beautiful thing. However, it is because I need to keep full for a long time (breastfeeding + active living = hungry all the time) and I notice a huge difference when I up my level of fats, fiber and protein in my meals. My blood sugar levels stays balanced and I am way saner when I take good care of my hormones (who loves more fat and less sugar kicks). That in turn just makes life so much easier for me (and for anyone who meets me.. ;) 

With the long-lasting sense of satisfaction that this breakfast gives, and without the need to look for snacks only an hour after breakfast I notice a difference in the way I approach my days. Because my blood sugar doesn’t rollar coaster away I feel strong and centered which in turn let’s me focus on the things I’m meant to focus on. All the YAY’s! I can’t wait to hear how you’ll feel if you invite this morning (or lunch/snack/dinner) boost!

So.. steamed + frozen vegetables in smoothies?! Steaming and freezing vegetables for smoothies have been a routine for a long time in our household and people often wonder why I steam them first. It’s simply because it makes it so much easier on the digestive system and I highly recommend trying it out. If you are all for the raw stuff, go right ahead and skip the steaming. A freezer stocked with steamed + frozen veggies like zucchini, butternut squash, sweet potato, cauliflower and peas makes it easier to throw together tasty blends for the whole family that are loaded with good stuff.  If you’re curious about other favorite combinations let me know in the comments below! Noteworthy: my older kiddo (4yrs) only accepts this with some blended in frozen banana/more berries while my 1.5 year old happily gobbles it down.

°° Major shout-out to Alisa Vitti of The Woman Code which is an incredible resource for taking care of your hormone system, cycle syncing and feeling great. I’ve read this book so many times over the last years. Also big high-fives to Lee Tilghman of Lee From America and Jeannette Ogden of Shut The Kale Up for inspiring me to up my smoothie game.°°

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Veggie Loaded Smoothie Bowl

This fruit-free, protein-, fiber- and good fat-loaded breakfast bowl is the bomb! Pair it with your favorite toppings like granola (pictured is my grain-free Granola Gravel), nut butter, berries, cacao nibs and coconut chips in the morning. It will keep your energy-levels happy, you’ll stay full for a long time and you’ll be ready for any adventures. Stock your freezer with frozen vegetables, and tomorrow morning you’ll be ready to blend.

Taste & Texture: Creamy with an almost yoghurt-y feel to it. Thick without being frozen. Use plant milk as liquid if you want a ’rounder’ flavor. I usually go for 50/50 milk/water. Add a couple of slices of frozen banana if you are unsure about the amount of vegetables (it IS already sweet though).

Prep options: Are you a Sunday batch person? If so, prepare 5 glass jars of: chia, flax, coconut, optional superfoods, vanilla, stevia and the liquid. Shake well to combine and then refrigerate. In the morning, add the content of one jar into the blender and then add the frozen vegetables, berries, avocado, lemon (+ optional greens). Blend.

Add-in options: My go-to’s for this are either my Nordic Superfood Mix or spirulina and wheat grass. It’s up to you to add a couple of your favorite adaptogens/ superfoods or not. Maca, Camu Camu, Chlorella, Rosehip, Cordyceps, Chaga, Rhodiola, all of them work! I often also add a big handful of kind-tasting leafy greens like spinach, romaine, matche lettuce or such. This fruit-free blend is NOT a good place for kale which is too harsh-tasting. 

1 serving

1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp flax seeds
1 tbsp coconut butter (or 2 tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut)
3/4 cup plant based milk or water
1/4 fresh avocado
1/2 lemon, the juice
1/2 cup frozen berries (I love blueberries, black currants, lingonberry and raspberry. Why not mix?!)
1/2 cup steamed + frozen cauliflower
1/2 cup steamed + frozen zucchini
1/4 cup steamed + frozen butternut squash or sweet potato
1 pinch green stevia (or your favorite natural stevia concentrate), optional but good
1 pinch pure vanilla, optional but good
1/2 tsp spirulina (or your superfood of choice)
1/2 tsp wheat grass (or your superfood of choice)

  1. Preferably soak the flax and chia overnight in the liquid. If you forget, a 5 min morning soak is better than none.
  2. Add all ingredients to a high speed blender and blend until super smooth and thick. 
  3. Pour into your favorite bowl, smooth out the surface with the backside of a spoon and add your favorite toppings. Dig in!

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Sheesh, thanks for sticking with me through this loaded post! I know many of you have waited for this one and I really wanted to do a full on guide. I hope you like it and find it super useful!

All the SUMMER LOVIN’ and thick, creamy breakfast super bowls to ya! (<3 Let us all take a peek at your creations by using the #earthsprout hashtag on Instagram <3)

Elenore

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