You have probably seen over a hunderd of them, they are all over Instagram, all the time… “Smoothie bowls”. Colorful bowls of goodness decorated with Goji berries, granola, banana, kiwi, passion fruit and some more tropical fruits no one has ever heard of. However, I have to admit that I too am guilty of contributing to this incessant ‘smoothie bowl madness’. I love having them in morning or after a workout. However, the two things that are essential in my smoothie bowls are:
- Vegan protein powder
- Some sort of nut butter
You don’t want to be having just fruits (especially bananas, dates etc.) with some coconut water or almond milk. Honestly, does that even sound filling? Trust me, you’ll most likely be hungry again after 1 hour. With this recipe that definitely won’t happen as some people I have made these for have even had a hard time finishing one of these!
1 (ripe) banana
2 handfuls of frozen blueberries
400ml of unsweetened almond milk (I like my smoothie to be really thick, but if you feel like having a bigger portion feel free to add some more almond milk!)
2 tbsp of chocolate whey protein powder
1 tbsp of organic peanut butter
- Blend everything together!
- Optional: top with 1-2 toppings but I wouldn’t go on adding extra fruit to the sugar content! If you do want to add some, go for fruits with a low Glycemic Load such as apples, blueberries or raspberries. I usually have toppings that are low in sugar like raw cacao nibs, Qnola (basically quinoa puffs), nuts (with some dried cranberries), shredded coconut etc.
When and how much?
Before or after weight training (as breakfast or a snack): because this smoothie/shake contains 2 types of fruit (one of which is naturally high in sugar and fast-releasing) I suggest having this smoothie around weight training as that is when you are most likely to need the most fuel and use up the carbohydrates.