Hello! I’m back!
To say that I’ve been out of action lately is an understatement. Due to a pretty gruelling 5 week assignment, I haven’t been able to eat healthily, stay active, or blog regularly. I’ve missed sitting down and tapping away on my keyboard, well, tapping away about something other than brand equity and roll-outs. As a result, I’ve been pretty run-down, puffy, and I even started getting eczema again after about 15 years of being eczema free. It’s crazy how our bodies react when we don’t treat them with care!
So, I decided to start my week off right – with a nice long walk in the fresh air and sunshine, and a tasty smoothie bowl to refuel. In the past, I’ve cut out a lot of food groups and restricted my calorie intake quite severely after a few weeks of being unhealthy, however every time I do this I end up reverting to my old bad habits (which include eating an entire slab of chocolate whilst watching Netflix in bed and replacing meals with giant bowls of popcorn, i.e. not good).
That’s why I decided to make this refreshing, velvety smoothie bowl this morning instead of throwing back a green juice or having nothing to eat at all. It’s packed with loads of nutrients and the protein powder keeps you full for longer. Not to mention, it tastes just like dessert so it’s a bit of a trick on your brain as it helps to curb cravings for sugary refined foods.
4-5 ice cubes
90g mixed frozen berries
1 tbsp psyllium husk
3 scoops (45ml) chocolate protein powder
1 tbsp peanut butter
1 handful spinach
125ml iced water
1 handful breakfast muesli
1. Place the ice cubes, berries, spinach, psyllium husk, protein powder, peanut butter, milk and iced water into a strong blender. Blitz the ingredients in the blender until you have a velvety smooth consistency – the liquid should still be quite thick and not watery. Take the lid off the blender and stir with a spoon, reaching right to the bottom to make sure all the ingredients have been fully incorporated. Blitz one more time if there are still whole ingredients at the bottom of the blender.
2. Carefully pour the smoothie into a bowl, scraping the sides of the blender with a spoon to make sure you get all that silky goodness!
3. Finally, top your smoothie bowl with a handful of breakfast muesli. My favourite is the Woolworths Breakfast Muesli. It has almonds, coconut flakes, cashews, and raisins and is probably the best muesli I’ve ever eaten.
I hope you enjoy this smoothie bowl as much as I do! Pour it into a glass or travel mug and enjoy it as a smoothie too.
Please don’t forget to take a picture and tag me if you make it! I’d love to see some of your creations.
P.S. You’ll be getting the following when you eat this vitamin loaded breakfast:
Mixed berries: Eating berries means you’re getting a good dose of fibre, flavonoids, antioxidants, and a variety of different vitamins including vitamins C, E, K, and A.
Spinach: The great thing about this smoothie is that you can’t even taste the spinach, however, you’re still getting the niacin, zinc, iron, protein, fibre, vitamins C, E, K, A…you get the point. This vegetable is loaded with good stuff!
Psyllium husk: I’m sure many of you are wondering, “What the heck is that?”. Not only is psyllium husk an edible soluble fibre and prebiotic, this fibre source helps manage weight, cholesterol, and digestion.
Protein powder: Well, it’s a great source of, um, protein.
Peanut butter: Not only is it possibly the most delicious substance on the planet, but peanut butter is a great source of niacin, monounsaturated fat, and potassium.
Milk: I used cow’s milk which contains calcium, protein, potassium, phosphorus, vitamins B12, D, A, riboflavin and niacin. I’m sure you can substitute this for a plant-based milk however if you’re vegan or lactose intolerant.