Very Berry Smoothie Bowl
- 1/2 cup sliced banana frozen
- 1 cup frozen berries (blueberries, raspberries, and sliced strawberries work)
- 1/4 cup frozen broccoli
- 1/2 – 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 tablespoon peanut butter powder
- Cereal or granola if desired
Remove frozen banana from freezer.
Either set on counter for 15 minutes to soften slightly or place in microwave for 5 seconds.
Place slightly defrosted banana and berries in food processor.
Place frozen broccoli in microwave-safe bowl** and defrost in microwave for 20-30 seconds.
Add broccoli to food processor.
Close lid, leaving feed tube open.
Blend on high, adding 1/3 cup milk shortly thereafter.
After 10 seconds, stop processing. Remove lid, scrape down sides, and add peanut butter powder.
Blend on high, adding more milk to get the desired consistency.
Transfer to serving bowl.
Serve with granola or other cereal to add texture, if desired.
**Use the bowl you’ll be eating this smoothie in to save yourself from extra cleanup!
We are always told that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. To be honest, I’m not sure if that’s 100% true because I’m a big believer in all three meals. Although I don’t have to eat at set times for each meal, I almost always need all three, unless the prior meal was big. If it’s a regular weekday breakfast, then I need lunch. If lunch is a regular sized meal, then I need dinner. It’s simple in my mind.
However, one thing that may be different in my world is that breakfast doesn’t start my day. A typical weekday morning goes something like this:
- Wake up and go online, cleaning up whatever happened while I was sleeping. Complete a small task or two.
- Get dressed and go to the gym for an hour-plus workout.
- Shower, dress, go home.
- Eat breakfast
I know plenty of people that need to eat before working out. In fact, I think the majority of people I know who workout in the morning always eat first. I used to be like that, but this system I’ve had for about a decade now works well for me. I am home by 8:30 and DEFINITELY ready to eat.
What I want then is a meal that is healthy, quick to make, and not heavy in calories. I’ve gone through spells of making smoothies; I’ve even written about a few of them. However, I always feel unsatisfied after finishing one. While it has the same ingredients as the recipe above, there’s no chewing involved. Mentally, that confuses my appetite.
Flash forward to a few months ago when I actually thought about creating a thicker smoothie. (Hint, hint, me- like you see at all the trendy cafes, duh) In order to get this consistency without a lot of headache, having a food processor is vital. I don’t think a blender would work; I’m guessing you’d have to thin it more.
The best thing about this new breakfast dish is that it’s almost 100% fruit. I go very light on the cereal topping, just enough to add crunch. I use whatever I have on hand- flakes or squares of some variation. The worst thing about this dish is that I usually feel chilly after eating it. Of course, I follow the meal with a piping hot cup of coffee, so the problem is rectified quickly.
Yay for breakfast, my first important meal of the day!