We're in the first week of spring 2019! I have a smoothie just about every day, year round. In the spring and the summer there's usually a lot of opportunity to capture the experience of enjoying one of these treats out in the sun, on the grass, in the park, etc.
The one-a-day smoothies that I enjoy daily and attribute to keeping the weight off that I've lost, are more often consumed as a snack vs a meal replacement. Sometimes however I'll cruate it into a meal, nutritionally and aesthetically appealing, they're good for you and you can make them look pretty.
This number here is a green smoothie bowl topped w/ some homemade granola that I enjoyed for breakfast this week. It has a nice creamy, nutty, slightly sweet taste.
Green Banana Orange Smoothie Ingredients
Orange (frozen) - 1/2 large
Banana (frozen) - 3/4 medium (organic)
Honey - 1 tsp
*Chlorella / Spirulina -1/2 tsp (superfood) (health benefits of Chlorella & Spirulina)
Hemp Seed - 1 tsps (superfood) (trader joe's brand)
Organic Spinach - 1 cup
Almond Butter 2 tsps
Almond Milk - 1/2 cup
*Click items above if you're interested in purchasing the brands I used
Using frozen fruits - makes the smoothie thick and icey. The oranges I buy whole, peel and cute into 4 quarters. The bananas,usually get organic, I peel and break them into 3 pieces, not perfectly even. Put the bananas and oranges each in their own freezer bag and in the freezer they go!
Granola recipe, I found online, it is SO yummy. I tweaked it just slightly...
- Used coconut flour 1 tbsp (didn't have any flakes)
- Used pecans instead of cashews
- Used coconut oil instead of vegetable oil
Bake your granola for the EXACT amount of time ad the EXACT temperature indicated in the recipe. I made it once and decided to up the temp because I wanted the oats browner. In less than like 3 minutes at the higher temp I smelled burning. The granola tasted how it smelled (insert sad face). It wasn't too bad though (I ate it), but definitely would do that again.
Curate your meal
Make your granola. Then blend up your smoothie ingredients and pour it into a pretty bowl. Finally, top it with some of your homemade granola and voila!
Smoothie plus one 1/4 cup of granola - 385 calories
Smoothie - 220 calories
Granola - 1/4 cup 165 calories