The Ultimate Green Smoothie Bowl
Part of what I love about blogging is being able to share little pieces of my life with you. Not in a creepy kind of way, it’s more that I want my posts to feel personal and authentic. Like you can get a sense of who I am just from reading them.
That’s what’s so unique about blogging. You don’t necessarily have to know the person who’s writing to you from the other side of the screen, but you feel like you do because of their unique voice and the way that they write. Who they really shine through.
When I started my blog almost four years ago (sheesh, I feel like an old lady!), I never really thought much about my writing style. Honestly, I kind of mimicked some of the other bloggers that I followed. Looking back and reading those old posts, I can see it. It’s not really me who’s talking.
Now, I just write. When I get stuck, I walk away. If I get really stuck, I’ll just start typing random things until it comes back again. Because my goal is to never make my posts feel forced, rushed, pushy or passionless.
Okay so what gives? What the heck does this have to do with a green smoothie bowl?
Well, honestly, not a ton. Ha! I started this post talking about my morning routine and realized that I was boring myself. And if I’m boring myself, then I’m boring you. So I just started writing and now…here we are!
But I know that many of you are probably fairly interested in my morning routine and how I start my day. Mornings, and breakfasts in particular, are the most challenging part of tackling a gluten-free, healthy lifestyle for a lot of people. How do you find the time to make nourishing, energizing breakfasts when you’re rushing out the door every day?
I’ve been gluten-free for almost 5 years now and that was my biggest pain when I first switched. I would grab something unhealthy, or something with way too much sugar, and would then proceed to snack all day once I got to work. Sure it was gluten-free, but I wasn't giving my body to kind of nourishment that it needed.
So when I made the switch to working at home, I had a feeling things would change. I’d be able to make elaborate breakfasts, take my time, make sure that it was packed full of good-for-me ingredients. Right?
Wrong. I was still rushed and now that I was only 10 feet from my kitchen, the snack habit got even worse (even though I was making super healthy snacks – I was just eating too much).
Finally, 5 (maybe even 10…yikes!) pounds heavier, energy levels in the tank, I decided I need to reinvent my morning routine.
And so today, I want to show you what my morning looks like, not to force my habits on you, but to hopefully shed some light onto something that’s working for me (and could potentially work for you too).
7:00am – Wake up! Get out of bed, feed the pup and get ready for our walk. We usually walk for about 30 minutes each morning (and when we’re lucky Matt comes with us!)
7:30am – Home for a quick workout. Usually it’s a 20 minute yoga class or a Tone It Up workout. I like to keep it light since I've recently joined a yoga studio and am going to daily yoga classes in the afternoons.
8:00am – Shower and make myself some hot lemon water (or green tea) and a green smoothie bowl (or green juice depending on my mood).
8:00 – 8:30am – Checking email + scheduling social media.
8:30am – 4:30pm – working on the blog! I take a few short breaks to walk Trevi and stretch my legs. My days vary a lot – sometimes it’s cooking, sometimes it’s writing and other times it just back end admin stuff – so I try to keep a consistent routine, write down my entire schedule for the day, and it seems to help keep my snacking down and keeps me moving.
I have found that the key to having a productive and healthy day is to move first thing in the morning and then have a nourishing (green) breakfast. I love smoothies, but I particularly love smoothie bowls because I eat them with a spoon and it tricks my mind into thinking that they’re more filling.
When I have a smoothie bowl like this, I don’t feel hungry until lunchtime and that never used to happen!
The recipe I’m sharing today is for my favorite green smoothie bowl. It's the one that I make almost daily! The base tends to stay the same – with a blend of bananas, almond milk, avocado, peanut butter, kale, quinoa, chia seeds and ice – and then I jazz it up with different toppings, so it never gets boring.
I like to top them with a few extra ingredients that will give the bowl some texture but also provide healthy fats, protein, and complex carbohydrates. I like to use different flavors of granola, some nuts or seeds, and always some fresh berries (super high in antioxidants!).
It’s tasty, it’s healthy, it’s rich and it’s filling. It’s really the perfect way to start any day!
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The Ultimate Green Smoothie Bowl
for the topping:
- 2 tablespoons granola
- 1 tablespoon sunflower seeds
- 1/4 cup blueberries
- Add all smoothie ingredients into a blender in the order listed and blend on high until smooth and creamy.
- Transfer to a bowl and top with desired toppings.
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