How to Make Healthy Smoothie Bowls

How to Make Healthy Smoothie Bowls

What is a smoothie bowl? Basically it’s a smoothie that’s thick enough to eat with a spoon. Sprinkle on a few toppings and you’ve got a smoothie you can actually chew!

Serving a smoothie bowl packs a substantial nutritional punch. You’ll get several servings of fruits and vegetables plus healthy fats and fiber.

Take that monday morning!

However, you do need to take a balanced approach. While the toppings are what make it fun and delicious, you can quickly load up your bowl with an excess of calories, so go easy on the high calorie toppings.

How to Make Healthy Smoothie Bowls:

These portions will make one smoothie bowl. Double, triple or quadruple the ingredients depending on the number of smoothie bowls you will need.

To a blender add:

1. 1/2 cup of liquid. Choose from:

  • any kind of milk (almond, hemp, rice, soy, cow’s…)
  • coconut water
  • water
  • juice
  • green tea

2. Add a handful of veggies. Choose from:

  • spinach
  • kale
  • romaine
  • celery
  • cucumber
  • pick a combination

Add Greens to a Healthy Smoothie Bowl

At this point, you will want to run your blender to completely pulverize your veggies.

3. Add at least a cup of frozen fruit. Choose from:

  • pineapple
  • cherries
  • strawberries
  • banana
  • blueberries
  • mango
  • raspberries
  • any combination

4. Add 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt.

OPTIONAL (you can choose several, but I’d only choose one fat source):

  • Add a scoop of protein powder
  • Add a tablespoon of coconut oil
  • Add a quarter of an avocado
  • Add a tablespoon of nut butter
  • Add a teaspoon of fish oil
  • Add a tablespoon flaxseed oil
  • Add a bit of local honey
  • Add a date or two

Blend all ingredients until thick and creamy and delicious.

**Smoothie not thick enough? Add more frozen fruit or yogurt. Smoothie too thick? Add extra liquid one tablespoon at a time.**

Now pour your healthy smoothie into a bowl and get ready to add your toppings!

Smoothie Bowl Topping Ideas:

  • chia, hemp, flax, and/or sunflower seeds
  • shredded coconut
  • granola
  • sliced or chopped nuts
  • matcha powder
  • maca powder
  • bee pollen
  • fresh berries
  • sliced banana
  • raw oats

I keep all my smoothie toppings in easily accessible jars. Then I let the girls make a design on top. It’s fun to play with your food!

NOW DIG IN!

You’ll get all the goodness of a smoothie with the additional benefit of getting to chew!

Here are some of our favorite healthy smoothie bowl combinations:

Very Berry Smoothie Bowl Recipe

Very Berry Smoothie Bowl

  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • handful spinach
  • 1/c cup blueberries
  • 1/2 cup strawberries
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • Top with sliced almonds, chia seeds and granola

Tropical Smoothie Bowl Recipe

Tropical Smoothie Bowl

  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • handful spinach and kale
  • 1/2 cup pineapple
  • 1/2 cup mango
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • Top with chia seeds, shredded coconut, granola, and sliced almonds.

Have you replaced your morning bowl of cereal with a smoothie bowl yet?

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Homemade No Churn Strawberry Ice Cream Recipe

Homemade No Churn Strawberry Ice CreamIs there anything better than cold ice cream on a steamy summer night?

Strawberries are so sweet and juicy this time of year, they are just begging to be made into no churn strawberry ice cream.

This recipe is so simple. There are only 4 ingredients. And the fact that it doesn’t need to be churned means less time and effort in the kitchen.

However, you will need an electric mixer. You can whip the heavy cream by hand, but using an electric mixer will speed up your prep time.

Your ice cream will get fairly hard after 6 hours of freezing. Allowing it to sit on the counter for a few minutes will greatly help with scooping.

easy to make strawberry ice cream

No Churn Strawberry Ice Cream

Ingredients

  • 2 cups organic heavy whipping cream
  • 1 14 ounce can organic sweetened condensed milk
  • 3 cups chopped strawberries
  • 2/3 cups sugar

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, stir together chopped strawberries and sugar. Set aside and let sit for an hour.
  2. Once strawberries have sat for an hour, begin whipping the heavy whipping cream with an electric mixer at high speed until stiff peaks form. Set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl stir together the sweetened condensed milk and the strawberries, including all the juice.
  4. Stir the strawberry and sweetened condensed milk mixture into the whipped cream. Make sure they are thoroughly combined.
  5. Pour ice cream ingredients into a loaf pan and freeze for at least 6 hours.
  6. You will need to soften the strawberry ice cream slightly before scooping.
  7. Serve topped with fresh strawberries.
  8. Enjoy!
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This is the perfect recipe for red, ripe strawberries.

no churn strawberry ice cream

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Homemade Corn Chips from Scratch

Homemade Corn Chips from ScratchHomemade corn chips from scratch are crisp, salty, and so much healthier than the store bought kind.

Even better, these chips are made from just 4 ingredients and they take under 30 minutes to bake.

The key to this recipe is to spread the corn chip batter out on a buttered cookie sheet and get it as thin as you can.

The thinner you spread it, the crispier the chips will be.

Homemade corn chips make the perfect addition to a lunch box or side to a bowl of chili, but they are best eaten while warm right after baking.

Warning: once you start eating these, you won’t be able to stop.

Homemade Corn Chips from Scratch

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425.
  2. Grease a rimmed cookie sheet.
  3. Bring the water and butter to boil in a small saucepan.
  4. Quickly stir in the cornmeal and salt and mix well.
  5. Spread the cornmeal batter out onto the pan as thin as you can get it. Try to maintain a rectangular shape. Don't worry if it gets lacey on the edges.
  6. Once spread, use a butter knife to cut chips into 1 inch squares.
  7. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until crispy.
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Chili Flavored Crispy Roasted Chickpeas

chili flavored crispy roasted chickpeas

Chili flavored crispy roasted chickpeas is one of my family’s favorite snacks. It’s highly addictive, and it’s super easy to make.

To make sure the chickpeas get crispy, it does require planning ahead.

The secret to really crispy chickpeas: Rinse your chickpeas, then lay them out flat on a towel to dry. They need to dry overnight, or for about 8 hours.

You’ll know they are dry when some of the skins start separating from the chickpeas.

dry chickpeas to get them crispy

Once your chickpeas are dry, make sure you get them well coated with the oil and spices. Having them well seasoned makes them finger-licking good.

coat chickpeas with seasoning

Chickpeas are great roasted with a variety of flavors, but this chili combination is our family favorite. It’s not unlike the taste of a Dorito – minus the cheese.

Speaking of Doritos, we serve these in place of chips. They are definitely healthier, yet the taste is just as addictive!

Doritos Flavored Crispy Roasted Chickpeas

Ingredients

  • 3 cups cooked chickpeas
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder

Instructions

  1. Rinse and drain chickpeas well. Spread out on a tea towel and allow to completely dry out.
  2. Preheat oven to 400.
  3. Transfer chickpeas to a bowl. Toss with olive oil until well coated.
  4. In a small bowl, stir together spices. Add to the chickpeas and toss again.
  5. Spread on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake 30-40 minutes, stirring halfway through cook time.
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Once you get the process of making crispy roasted chickpeas down, experiment with your favorite flavors. Then let us know what your favorite flavor combination is in the comments!

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Cleansing Green Juice Recipe Made in the Blender

Cleansing Green Juice Made in the Blender

This cleansing green juice recipe can be made right in your blender: No fancy equipment required!

Making green juice at home is an excellent way to boost your energy levels by providing your body with nutrient-dense antioxidant-packed foods.

Lemon and ginger are key to cleansing the body. Ginger works on your digestive system while lemon alkalizes the body and boosts your immune system.

The result is a drink that makes you feel great and provides an instant energy boost!

You won’t need a fancy juicer to make this juice. Your blender will be able to handle the job.

Cleansing Green Juice Blender

The trick is to keep adding liquid (in this case your liquid is coconut water) a little at a time as you blend. Too little liquid, and your blender will get jammed up.

Once your ingredients are broken down, you’ll press them through a sieve.

Strain Green Juice

This step makes the juice less pulpy. If you don’t mind the pulp, skip this step! The added fiber will help keep you full longer.

Green Juice Pulp

Instant Energy: Cleansing Green Juice Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 cups packed red kale leaves, tough stems removed
  • 1 cup packed spinach leaves
  • 1 large sweet apple (I used Gala)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped ginger
  • 1 small lemon
  • 1/2 - 1 cup coconut water
  • 1 cup cold water

Instructions

  1. Quarter the lemon, remove seeds, peel and set aside.
  2. Chop apple, remove seeds and set aside.
  3. Add the cold water to a powerful blender, followed by the kale, spinach, apple, lemon and ginger.
  4. Pulse to break down the ingredients.
  5. Blend on high until smooth, adding coconut water as needed to liquefy the ingredients. (I used about 3/4 cup).
  6. Pour the juice through a fine mesh strainer a little at a time. Use the back of a spoon to press the juice out of the pulp. Discard pulp and repeat until all the juice is strained.
  7. Rinse the strainer and pour all of the juice back through it one last time.
  8. Serve immediately or cover and store in the refrigerator for up to 48 hours.
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That’s all there is to it! Give your body a week of green juice and you’ll find you feel better than ever!

Instant Energy Cleansing Green Smoothie Recipe

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Homemade Baked Strawberry Donut Recipe with a Hint of Orange

Homemade Baked Strawberry Donuts with a hint of Orange

Happy National Donut Day!

Instead of hurrying out and buying a box of “Fat Pills” (as we call them in our house), why not try out this homemade baked strawberry donut recipe with a hint of orange?

I won’t lie and tell you this is a health food recipe. However, these donuts are made with real ingredients such as whole grains, real fruit puree and natural sweetener. Then, they are baked, instead of fried, which definitely saves your waistline.

Each of these donuts has about 184 calories. Compare that to a Frosted Dunkin Donuts Strawberry Dream Donut at 360 calories!

That should be your incentive to invest in some baked donut pans. They don’t take up much room in the cupboard and they are super useful for satisfying your donut cravings in a healthy way.

Traditionally, I’ve made this recipe with orange zest. However, I didn’t happen to have an orange on hand when I got the craving to make these.

That’s when I remembered I had a bottle of wild orange essential oil.

Wild Orange 15ml

I substituted 3 drops of the wild orange for the orange zest and the recipe turned out amazing!

In the recipe, I’ve included the recipe for the glaze I used on these donuts. Truthfully? It made the donuts on the sweet side for me. But the kids? They LOVED it!

Mind you, I still ate the donuts with the glaze. I just found that a cup of coffee was the PERFECT accompaniment!

Homemade Baked Strawberry Donut Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups halved strawberries
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter
  • 2 teaspoons orange rind or 3 drops wild orange essential oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup organic all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Combine first 5 ingredients in a blender.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Make a well in the center of the mixture. Pour in strawberry mixture and stir just until combined.
  4. Spoon batter into baked donut pan. Recipe makes 12 donuts.
  5. Bake at 400 for 10 - 15 minutes. Donuts are done when they spring back when lightly touched.
  6. Allow to cool in pan for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.
  7. Once cool, you can choose to glaze them with a mixture of 3 strawberries blended with 1 cup organic powdered sugar.
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With the calories you are saving by baking your own donuts, may I suggest you have one for breakfast and one mid-afternoon?

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Bunny Cups a Healthy Snack for Easter Party Fun!

Bunny Cups a Healthy Snack for Easter Party

Are you looking for a healthy snack for Easter party fun?

These bunny cups are a nice alternative to all the sweets and treats that pop up this time of year.

Layered in a glass cup, this snack is supposed to resemble the “dirt” dessert that is so popular. Instead of layering chocolate pudding and chocolate cookies, this “dirt” is made from healthy hummus with a layer of ground nuts.

I like to make my hummus from scratch, and have linked to my favorite recipe. If you are strapped for time, just pick up a tub from the grocery store.

Bunny Cup Ingredients:

1 recipe zucchini hummus or a 7 ounce container purchased hummus
1 package organic baby carrots
1 cup finely ground almonds
Celery leaves

Directions:

  1. Using a spoon, fill a clear cup with hummus.
  2. Use a spoon to shake a layer of ground almonds over the top of the hummus.
  3. Take the pointed end of a knife and hollow out a small hole in the top of a baby carrot.
  4. Carrot with hole in top for bunny cup recipe

  5. Careful fill the hole with a small bit of hummus. Then, stuff the carrot hole with a celery leaf. (This step is optional)
  6. Celery Leaf in Baby Carrot

  7. Serve with additional carrots or your favorite whole grain chips for a delicious and nutritious treat!

The size of your glasses will determine how many bunny cups this recipe makes.

Make sure to serve with additional baby carrots since the dipping is so much fun!

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