This might sound sacrilegious as a healthy food blogger, but I’m never excited to have a smoothie for breakfast. Now, that may seem surprising, given how many smoothie recipes I actually have on this blog. But if we’re being honest, smoothies just aren’t as exciting as french toast, a big stack of pancakes , a big bowl of huevos rancheros or literally anything with bacon or maple sausage. They’ve become an easy go-to for busy mornings of after the gym, and little thought is put into it.
Which is depressing and sad and precisely why I decided to give them a makeover with the help of Braun‘s brand new Pure Mix Blender. Braun is back in North American kitchens with a brand new line of beautifully designed products to help you amp up your favorite recipes and turn them into something new and totally unexpected.
My mission, if you’ll call it that, was to recreate a recipe that just doesn’t excite or enthrall anymore, and I almost immediately knew I had to make a smoothie. I’ve been trying to perpetually get into shape, and have been resorting to healthy, low-sugar smoothies to do this. But, as I said before, they became monotonous – I’d had handfuls of the same ingredients, mix and drink – without little to no enjoyment.
So, to perk up my sad smoothies, I decided to give one of my favorite recipes a little bit of a facelift.
I put down the straw and the cup and opted for a spoon and a bowl instead. Now, I’m not new to the smoothie bowl phenomenon – but I have to say, it’s one of the easiest and prettiest ways to perk up an everyday smoothie. For me, my favorite part is the textural contrast. Where I got bored just sipping a smoothie, the addition of crunchy granola on top gives this bowl the perfect textural contrast.
Even though it’s the same smoothie I’ve been drinking for weeks, the swap for a bowl and the addition of beautiful sliced fruits, homemade fruit bars, chia seeds and granola transforms the way I consume it. No more mindless slurping, I truly enjoy each and every bite – and it feels more like a breakfast, one you could sit down and eat (even on the weekends) with as much as excitement as you would with a big stack of pancakes.
Now, I can’t say everyone will share that same excitement, but for me, the smoothie bowl facelift was exactly what I needed to end the mundane smoothie sips and bring joy back to breakfast.
It is the most important meal of the day, after all. Shouldn’t you enjoy it?
Protein Packed Green Smoothie Bowl
Serves about 2.
Prep time: >8 minutes
Blend time: 2 – 3 minutes
Total time: About 11 minutes
For the smoothie base:
- 1 cup fresh kale
- 1/2 cup low-fat, no sugar added strawberry yogurt (Greek or regular)
- 2 tablespoons peanut butter
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1 nectarine, sliced
- 1 cup frozen strawberries (I used frozen strawberry puree**)
- 1 1/2 cup low-fat milk
- 1/2 cup water or sugar-free juice
- 1 tablespoon sugar-free strawberry jam
For the bowl toppings:
- Sliced nectarine
- Sliced apple
- Strawberries or frozen puree cubes
- Chia seeds
**Simply blend 2 cups strawberries until pureed and pour into ice cube trays. Freeze until solid.
- Place all of the ingredients (for the smoothie base only) into a blender (I used Braun’s new PureMix Blender).
- Blend on medium speed for about 2 minutes, or until smooth and creamy. Add additional ingredients (like fruit) to taste, or additional milk for desired consistency.
- Pour the smoothies into two bowls. Add the toppings to the tops of the smoothie (in any fashion you’d like) and dig in!
Nutritional information per bowl:
Fat: 13.2 grams
Carbohydrates: 55 grams
Fiber: 4.5 grams
Protein: 18 grams
Weight Watchers Points: 11
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Braun. The opinions and text are all mine.