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Super Power Smoothie Bowl

Super Power Smoothie Bowl | happyfitmama.com

I love smoothies. But the problem is that I usually drink it in 5 minutes and then am searching for something else soon after. I need to work my chompers. I need the chew.

Enter the smoothie bowl.

Over the years, I’ve been randomly making smoothie bowls. But when we were in Hawaii, I fell in love with Acai bowls. SO good! I knew I had to try to recreate it once we got home. With the endless winter that soon followed, a cold smoothie was the last thing that I wanted.

But once the weather started warming up, I got back into it. Around the same time, my daughter decided that she didn’t really like smoothies anymore. All that changed once she saw what went into a smoothie bowl.

She’s just like her mama – it’s all about the toppings!

Protein Smoothie Bowl  happyfitmama.com

A smoothie bowl is simply a smoothie served in a bowl and topped with granola, nuts, coconut, chocolate chips, fresh fruit — whatever your heart desires!

Dream big, people – the options are endless.

This recipe calls for simple ingredients that you probably already have on hand. You can really make this with any fruit and any topping. It’s also a great way to sneak fresh spinach or kale into your daily eats if you so desire.

Full of superfoods and healthy fats, this bowl of goodness will keep you satisfied for hours.

SUPER POWER SMOOTHIE BOWL  HAPPYFITMAMA.COM

Super Power Smoothie Bowl
 
Ingredients
  • SMOOTHIE
  • ½ frozen banana
  • ½ cup frozen mixed berries
  • ½ cup unsweetened almond milk (or milk of your choice)
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder ( I used Orgain Vanilla Bean) OR ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 spoonful nut butter of your choice (I used almond)
  • Optional: Fresh spinach or kale
  • TOPPINGS
  • Sliced banana
  • Fresh berries
  • Granola
  • Chia seed
  • Hemp Seed
  • Nut butter
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients for the smoothie in a high powered blender or food processor. Blend till smooth and creamy. Add more almond milk to thin if desired.
  2. Pour into a bowl and top with desired toppings.

And don’t think smoothie bowls are just for breakfast.

They are good morning, noon and night!

Here are more of my favorite smoothie recipes that are just as good in a bowl as in a glass:

Purple Power Smoothie

Apple Pie Smoothie

Kale Protein Smoothie

Find more Meatless Monday meal ideas with Tina and Deborah.

Purple Power Smoothie

Purple Power Smoothie 1 | happyfitmama.com

Alternative name of this smoothie: Perfect Purple People Protein Packed Power Upper.

I don’t know if you guys are aware of this, but 4 year old kids have a lot of energy.

A LOT.

Picture the energy of 20 (!!) four year old kids plus a handful of other aged children, packed into a room full of bounce houses. Full on crazy, loud, exhausting energy.

That was my marvelous Sunday morning.

My kids attended a friends birthday party at an indoor play center. Of course, I can’t just sit back and let the kids have all the fun. I want in on the bounce house action. I’m all about bouncing, sliding, climbing and getting silly. It does say adult supervision is required on those things after all.

Needless to say, when the party was over. I was tired. My mind may be four but my body is not. I needed a picker upper. So I went for a walk with Cooper when we got home. The crisp, fresh air was good. I was hungry by then, but not starving. I mixed up a Purple Power Smoothie to tide me over till dinner.

I have no problem downing the daily serving recommendations of veggies. I live on veggies! My kids, particularly my daughter, are a different story. She can spot a veggie on her “do not eat” list a mile a way. I always add veggies to my smoothies, even if I intend on drinking it all by myself. Why? Because I know that 99% of the time, my kids will want some as soon as they see me drinking it.

Purple Power Smoothie 2  happyfitmama.com

4.0 from 2 reviews
Purple Power Smoothie
 
Ingredients
  • ¼ Cup frozen peas
  • 1 Cup frozen wild blueberries
  • ½ ripe avocado
  • 1 banana
  • 1 Tbsp Chia seeds
  • ⅔ Cup plain Stonyfield Greek yogurt
  • 1 Cup 1% Stonyfield milk or milk of your choice
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor. Blend till combined.

Don’t worry about tasting the peas or avocado in the smoothie. There is no taste of it at all. Trust me, if there was, my daughter would not even take a sip. But she loved it and even came up with the name for it.

This smoothie is not only bursting with fruit and veggie power but also protein power. One serving has over 26 grams of it. Now that’s a lot of power!

That’s almost equivalent of 20 four year old kids running around an indoor play center.

Almost.

Disclosure: As a Stonyfield ambassador, I am being compensated for this post. All opinions, as always, are my own.

 

Fresh Zucchini, Corn and Tomato Salad – #BlakesPairing

Disclaimer: I received Blake’s coupons and a stipend to purchase ingredients for this recipe. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Our garden this year has been quite pathetic. Some little woodland creatures thought we planted everything just for them and had a nice little salad bar. The only surviving plant is the squash. Fingers crossed we actually get something from it.

Thankfully, my neighbors garden is flourishing. When that happens, she is more than happy to share. And I’m more than happy to accept.

Last week she brought over a ton of tomatoes and zucchini. There’s nothing better than sun ripened, garden fresh veggies. The freshness is so much better than store bought.

Fresh garden veggie  happyfitmama.com

I had just bought fresh corn and basil from the market that morning so I wanted to make something that combined all the veggies.

You guys, this salad is good. And so simple! Yes, there’s quite a bit of chopping but if you’re like me, I don’t go for perfection. There’s big chunks, little chunks. It doesn’t matter to me. It’s all going to the same place!

Fresh Zucchini, Corn and Tomato Salad  Happyfitmama.com

5.0 from 2 reviews
Fresh Zucchini, Corn and Tomato Salad
 
Ingredients
  • 2 Fresh corn on the cob
  • 1 large zucchini
  • 1 pint (or so) cherry tomatoes
  • handful of fresh basil, sliced into ribbons
  • 2 TBSP red wine vinegar
  • 1 TBSP Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1.5 tsp honey
  • ½ of fresh lime, squeezed
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Cut the corn off the cob into a large bowl.
  2. Chop zucchini and tomatoes. Place in bowl with corn and mix.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk red wine vinegar, EVOO, honey and lime. Add salt and pepper as needed.
  4. Pour over corn, zucchini and tomato mixture and toss.
  5. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Place in refrigerator for 1-4 hours before serving.

 

This summer I haven’t really felt like cooking a whole lot. I’d much rather spend the last days of summer outside having fun. I don’t usually buy prepackaged meals. The majority are filled with weird things that I don’t want to eat. But I was intrigued when Blake’s All Natural Meals asked me to participate in their #BlakesPairing contest. Once I did a little fact checking, I found that their meals are full of real food and are prepared FROM SCRATCH. That means cooking the chicken themselves in small batches, mashing real, whole potatoes and using the actual stock from the chicken-cooking process to make their signature gravy.

Sounds like Grandma’s home cooking, huh?

The second thing that won me over is that Blake’s is right in my backyard. Well, not really in my backyard but close. I’m very happy to support a small, family owned New Hampshire business that is promoting real food.

Blake’s Chicken Dinner Casserole was the perfect pairing with my Fresh Zucchini, Corn and Tomato Salad. Mashed potatoes, gravy and topped with holiday stuffing, it was pure comfort food followed up with a heaping serving of freshness. While the holiday stuffing made me think of the quickly approaching Fall, the summer veggies made me remember it’s still summer.

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You can find Blake’s new casserole meals exclusively at Target. They’re great to have on hand just in case the day gets a little too busy.

Since it’s Sunday, it’s meal planning day.

Here’s what I’ve got planned:

Sunday: Fish Tacos

Monday: Egg and Avocado Sandwiches

Tuesday: One Pot Zucchini Mushroom Pasta

Wednesday: Ron’s Homemade Pizza

Thursday: Caprese Quinoa Bake

Friday: Leftovers

Saturday: Wing it!

What garden fresh veggies are you loving right now?

What are you having for dinner this week?