Chocolate Smoothie Bowl!

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If you follow me closely on Instagram you will be well aware of my LOVE for smoothie bowls. I go to sleep excited because I know that eating a smoothie bowl is a part of my morning routine. Is that weird? Haha!

I have recently decided to switch up my smoothie bowl recipe. The base of my smoothie bowl used to be frozen banana but since being inspired by YouTuber – Christie Swaddling, I have been using frozen cauliflower + avo. I know what you’re thinking, YUCK! That was my first thought too, how could cauliflower taste good in a smoothie? It works, trust me!

I’m about to share my all time favourite super food additions that not only taste AMAZING but are also incredibly beneficial for your body! But first, I should explain why I decided to mix things up. I have recently done a lot of experimenting with different foods. I have come to the conclusion that my body thrives most when I fuel it with large amounts of animal proteins + health fats & lower carbohydrates.

Each macronutrient plays an extremely important role in our bodies!

Protein – It is crucial we have an adequate amount of protein as our bodies use protein to help build muscles, bones, cartilage and skin. It also plays a vital role of cell + tissue renewal.

Healthy Fats – I’m sure you’ve been told fat makes you fat, in my opinion that is extremely incorrect. Healthy fats are INCREDIBLE for your body. They are used as a major source of energy, they help our bodies absorb certain nutrients as well as contribute to helping maintain our core body temperature.

Carbohydrates – Carbohydrates help by giving energy to the body.

I decided to substitute my banana which is a complex carbohydrate & full of fructose. I wanted my main source of energy to come from healthy fats in the avocado. This helps keep me full for a longer period of time because my body burns the fat slowly. There are complex carbohydrates in most foods, even cauliflower! While my body doesn’t necessarily thrive off carbs, nor is it essential in this meal because I am gaining + using energy from fats the cauliflower helps to bulk up my smoothie.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup of Frozen Cauliflower. If you want a nice creamy consistency the cauliflower needs to be frozen.
  • 1 ripe Avo. Also an essential part of the creamy consistency.
  • 3 Ice cubes.
  • 3/4 of Almond milk.
  • 2 Tablespoons of pea protein. I use unflavoured pea protein because my stomach is able to digest it easily. Feel free to use whey or rice protein if that works better for you.
  • 1 Table spoon of collagen powder. Amazing super food for your skin health.
  • 1/2 Tablespoon of maca powder. This is an amazing for hormone support.
  • 2 Table spoons of cocoa powder. Cocoa powder is rich in antioxidants.

Blend all ingredients together in a high-speed blender. I highly recommend a Ninja. It does the job well and I always end up with a perfectly blended smoothie.

Toppers:

  • Raw salted almonds. While I wouldn’t normally go for anything salted, Gideon and I don’t have a large amount of salt in our diet. Salt helps to main the bodies fluid levels. Small amounts of salt are okay and beneficial.
  • Pepitas.
  • Hemp seeds. These little wonder seeds are a great source of both omega 3 & 6 as well as protein.
  • Honey roasted natural peanut butter. When you are opting for a nut butter I encourage you to go for the most natural one you can with minimal ingredients. Manufacturers fill nut butters with refined sugars and preservatives that have no benefit for our bodies. I get mine from fresh thyme. They have a section where you can press a button and it turns nuts into nut butter. I love knowing exactly what ingredients are going into my body.

This is a nutrient filled breakfast that keeps you full for a long period of time. It’s so important to nourish your body with foods that serve YOU well. If you try this recipe, let me know how you liked it!

Beth xx

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