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Thursday, November 22, 2018

Satiating & Delicious Superfood Smoothie Bowls

I rarely eat smoothie bowls out.  There are two places I trust to make me a HEALTHY bowl, but most places make the smoothie bowls with fruit juice, sweetened plant milks, and loads of fruits which end up making your smoothie a sugar bomb, offering you a quick lift, and later a crash and a feeling of hunger.  Most smoothies and bowls you can get at 'healthy' juice bars have the sugar content creeping into 40-70 grams because of all the high sugar fruits and juices added.  That's the equivalent of about 10-16 tsp of sugar!

I'm often asked how I make my smoothie bowls so insanely delicious AND still filling.  In truth, my secret is pretty simple, I keep them low sugar, and make sure they have an ample amount of protein, nutrient density and some healthy fats.  Because I add Vegan Shakeology to all of my bowls, I don't have to overload my bowl with a ton of high sugar fruits to give it natural sweetness.  Rather, I add a half to a full scoop of superfood vegan shakeology and sometimes bump it with a half scoop of vanilla plant protein powder too (I only do that when I use just a 1/2 scoop of shakeology).  I also normally add some greens for alkalization and of course some healthy fats for more satiation.  Additionally, I make sure to top my bowl with items that are lower sugar/lower carb and crunchy, like coconut flakes, cacao nibs, nuts/seeds or a low sugar grain free granola.  This ensures you are CHEWING your smoothie.  The act of chewing sends a message to your brain that you are indeed eating and satiated.  When you're only drinking your food (such as when on a juice only cleanse, or if you choose to have smoothies without crunchy toppings), your body doesn't get the same signal of satiation, so you end up being hungry after or hungry again sooner. 

Whats in this Bowl?

The smoothie base is simple:
3/4 cup unsweetened Ripple Brand Plant Milk
a fistful of spinach
and ice -- all blended together

The Toppings are just cocoyo, grain free granola, coconut flakes, and cacao nibs


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