• Breakfast,  Dairy Free,  Gluten Free,  Recipe,  Snacks,  Vegan,  Vegetarian

    Cherry Plum Chia Almond Smoothie Bowls

    It’s here! I mean, we’re there! Well however you want to look at it, 2017 you guys, it’s gonna be a good one I can just feel it!

    Now that I’ve had a full week to get over my sadness that the Christmas season has to be over until next year and now that I’ve spent a few very long moments staring at my calendar in an attempt to grasp that time is still moving in spite of my wishful thinking, I think I’m finally getting some fresh inspiration for new beginnings.

    It’s the time of year when we’re all thinking about our goals and making plans for some of the things we’ll be doing this year. I’m guessing that more than a few of us have something on our list regarding health goals for this new year, especially after all the holiday indulgences. What do you say, today let’s be all about trying to get back into a balance, shall we? Have you made any resolutions for this year? Personally I’ve got a lot.

    Okay, I know many of you are shivering underneath piles of snow right now but for us down South things are finally heating up and the produce is coming into full season. Recently there have been some of the most gorgeous cherry varieties, including one that is a favorite of my mom’s; Rainier cherries. They’re my favorite kind too and if you’ve never tried them before than you need to put it on whatever form of list you’ve got for this year, whether it’s goals, resolutions, or must-dos. Since our fridge was overstocked on them last week I realized it was the perfect opportunity to add them to a new recipe -> hello smoothie bowls!

    I think the last time I shared a smoothie bowl I explained my initial aversion to them the first time I heard the idea. The truth is that I thought they were really absurd. I remember thinking something like ‘Eating a smoothie with a spoon and topped with chunks, what’s that about???’ Yeah, I felt that way until I started seeing them all over the place and decided I should at least give them a chance and that’s when I changed my mind, they’re awesome.

    I love this particular smoothie bowl because of all the color and, come on, it’s just really fun to say “chia” and “cherry” in the same title. They were made to go together. Also, these bowls are so fast and easy so you can prep them quickly on busy mornings or even make ahead the night before for a breakfast on the go. Actually, smoothies are something that, in my opinion, are acceptable anytime, anywhere. They’re great late at night to help curb those cravings too.

    So I hope your year is starting off well and I can’t wait to share this year’s recipes with you!

    Cherry Plum Chia Almond Smoothie Bowls

    Start your day with some flavor when you try this vibrantly colored smoothie bowl that you can customize to fit your taste.

    Prep Time 10 minutes
    Servings 2 servings

    Ingredients

    • 1 cup Rainier cherries or preferred type, pitted
    • 1 cup about 4 ripe plums, pitted
    • 1/4 cup raw almonds
    • 1/4 cup chia seeds
    • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 2 cups almond milk
    • 3 - 4 tablespoons maple syrup or honey or to taste

    Toppings:

    • 1/4 cup Rainier cherries or preferred type, pitted
    • 1/4 cup about 1 ripe plums, pitted
    • 1/4 cup raw almonds
    • 2 tablespoons chia seeds

    Instructions

    1. Combine all the ingredients for the smoothie in a blender and blend until smooth. For a thicker smoothie allow it to sit for at least 30 minutes to allow the chia seeds to thicken.
    2. Pour the smoothie into two bowls and top with the almonds, fruit, and chia seeds and grab a spoon!

     

  • Breakfast,  Dairy Free,  Gluten Free,  Recipe,  Snacks,  Vegan,  Vegetarian

    Berry Coconut Breakfast Smoothie Bowls (Vegan+GF)

    Can I tell you a little bit about these bowls please? I’m just so excited ’cause I know your going to love them! Am I the only one who has noticed the smoothie bowl craze taking over the internet? Well whatever the case, it is and everyone is cranking out the most gorgeous and colorful creations of fruitiness so I couldn’t help but start to feel left out, right?

    To be completely honest, the first time I saw a smoothie bowl I thought it was a pretty lame idea and I didn’t see myself ever wanting to make one. I mean, smoothies are supposed to be what they claim, smooth, so that they can be sipped through a big fat straw, not chunky and thick enough to scoop. But after I’d had time to get used to the idea it actually started to sound pretty stinkin’ good.

    In case you missed it in so many of my previous posts, I’m kind of addicted to berries, (it’s like a certifiable condition, not even kidding), and one of my favorite things to snack on is berries with yogurt and/or cereal. That’s why I got to thinking, why should a smoothie bowl be so different? So as much as I’m loathe to admit it, I gave in to the collectivism on this one you guys! Do you think that make me a complete sell-out or what? I just hope this isn’t the first step to losing my individuality, yikes!

    But anyway, something else I’ve been crazy about, and still getting crazier, are coconuts. I’m nuts for dem coconuts! Seriously though, do you have any idea how versatile coconuts and their contents can be? I’m constantly switching up my normal dairy products for coconut water, milk, or cream and it works amazingly! It’s so good in pretty much any form of dessert or you can go savory and put it in everything from breading to Thai sauce. Can you see the level of obsession I’ve got going on here?

    So here’s the deal, these smoothie bowls are super easy, they’re gluten free, dairy free, and vegan so pretty much everyone can enjoy them and they work as a breakfast, a snack, or I’d even go for one as lunch, yum! I wanted to make them extra pretty so I thought it would be fun to pour them into actual coconuts to make them more fun. I’m really hoping that you’ll want to make them now too because this post kind of feels like my summer berry swan song. Yes, unfortunately the season has really started to set in and I think my stream of fresh berries is at it’s end (hopefully I froze enough to make it until next year without a total breakdown).

    As for personalization, I used a combo of oats and flax to thicken this but you can trade out the flax for chia seeds and my smoothie was like really thick with the amount of oats I used so you can cut back on them if you want it a little thinner. The fruits can be traded out too. Maybe try replacing some or all of the berries with tropical fruit for a breakfast that will feel like your on vacation!

    Other than that, I just say make them, load them with all of the yummy toppings you can think of, and most importantly, eat them with a small spoon. I have this belief that everything is better with a smaller spoon!

    Smoothie bowls for the win!

    Berry Coconut Breakfast Smoothie Bowls (Vegan+GF)

    Take your smoothie game to the next level and try these thick and creamy coconut smoothie bowls with all the toppings!

    Prep Time 15 minutes

    Ingredients

    • 1/2 cup full fat coconut milk
    • 1 cup coconut water or you can use almond milk
    • 2 cup frozen mixed berries
    • 2 large frozen bananas
    • 1 tablespoon flaxseed meal or ground chia seed
    • 2 tablespoons agave or maple
    • 3/4 cup old-fashioned rolled oats

    Optional Topping Ideas:

    • fresh berries and/or sliced fruits
    • nuts almonds, walnuts, pistachios.....
    • toasted seeds sunflower, pepitas.....
    • dried coconut shreds
    • granola clusters or cereal
    • cocoa nibs/ dark chocolate chips

    Instructions

    1. Combine all ingredients for the smoothies in a blender or food processor and blend until completely smooth. For an extra thick smoothie allow it to set for at least 30 minutes in fridge. Pour into bowls and serve with any toppings you'd like!

     

  • Breakfast,  Dairy Free,  Gluten Free,  Recipe,  Snacks,  Vegan,  Vegetarian

    Strawberry Limemade Green Machine Smoothie (Vegan)

    Happy friday peeps!

    It’s hitting the peak of the summer heat, well maybe not the peak, but the later end of the summer turns into a dryer heat that isn’t as stifling. Right now you can cut the air with a knife it’s so humid.

    This is the only time of year that reminds me of my childhood growing up in Nashville’s muggyness. It makes me think of the Twilight Zone episode where the sun is getting closer to the earth and everything is melting. Only, I don’t think I get to wake up and find out that the world’s actually freezing over instead like the lead female character did. (I’m a sucker for the classics.)

    K, now about this smoothie, it’s only a few simple ingredients, but I wanted to add a little extra fun and make it two toned. However, if you’re not feeling fancy or you’re just in a hurry, you can totally just throw everything in the blender and go. But come on, isn’t the contrast of colors more fun? At least, I think so and the boys thought it was cool too. Stay cool guys (but not too cool for those of you burried in 12 feet of snow right now)!

    Strawberry Limemade Green Machine Smoothie (Vegan)

    One-toned smoothies are so yesterday! Try this double colored recipe that's full of wholesome nutrition too!

    Prep Time 25 minutes
    Servings 6 servings

    Ingredients

    Base:

    • 2 packed cups fresh spinach
    • juice from 3 medium limes about 1/3 cup
    • 2 heaping cups frozen strawberries
    • 1/4 cup agave or maple syrup
    • 1 1/4 cups water or coconut water

    Green:

    • 1 packed cup fresh spinach
    • 1 medium avocado pit and skin removed
    • juice and zest from 1 lime
    • 1 tablespoon agave or maple syrup

    Red:

    • 2 heaping cups frozen strawberries
    • 1 tablespoon agave or maple syrup

    Instructions

    1. Combine the ingredients for the base in a blender or food processor and blend until very smooth. Divide the base blend in half (it should be about 4 cups, so 2 cups and 2 cups) leaving one half in blender. Add the ingredients for the green half to blender and blend until smooth. Pour it all out into tall glass cups or jars to fill halfway (use a funnel if needed). Add the other half of base plus the ingredients for red half into the blender and blend until smooth. Pour into glasses on top of green mix and serve immediately.
  • Breakfast,  Dairy Free,  Gluten Free,  Recipe,  Snacks,  Vegan,  Vegetarian

    Mixed Berry Coconut Milk Smoothie (Vegan+GF)

    I always feel a bit like a cheater when I post a smoothie recipe.

    Cheating what? I’m not entirely sure but it’s just too easy. You guys like smoothie recipes though, right? Who says a recipe needs to include more than one step? Hey, I’m totally cool with this one being super simple and easy. I say smoothies for everyone today!

     

    For some reason smoothies have been very popular around here recently, like really popular. One of my brothers in particular is the biggest fan of them. Nothing makes him happier than the buzz of the blender running. I love that I can add all kinds of nutritional things to a smoothie and he’ll drink it. Better yet, he’ll thank me for it…..when he doesn’t know about the nutritious part, that is.

    This is the first smoothie in a while that I haven’t thrown some crazy ingredient into. It’s just some basic stuff but in this case I think less is more. I did add coconut yogurt and coconut milk, which you all know I’m obsessed with right now. I think that is the secret to its amazingness. The coconut milk is so creamy and has a natural sweetness.

    Oh, and the blueberries. Don’t forget about the blueberries. I added lots of those and with the strawberries it made a very purple smoothie. Much purple-ier (I say this needs to be a word now effective immediately) than you can see in the pictures. I thought about calling it the purple people eater smoothie but decided it wasn’t a descriptive enough name for this delicious drink.

    Like I told you yesterday, the weather is starting to cool down here so the berry production is winding down too and I’m trying to not be too sad about it. There should probably be one more big harvest of raspberries and some small amounts of blueberries and strawberries, but I’m not sure what’s up with the blackberries this year. Last year I picked them everywhere because the plants grow like weeds throughout this entire region and there were so many, but not this year. I’ve only just started to see some on the plants near my house so I’m hoping they will start popping up for the pickin’ soon and that they’re just late, but I don’t know.

    Either way, I am in berry preservation mode and the next time raspberries are being harvested I am going to be stocking more of the freezer with them. Blackberries too, if they ever show up, but raspberries will forever and always be my fave. For now it’s just the blueberries and strawberries but I am not complaining.

    Okay, so for this smoothie I added a minimal amount of sweetener, but please feel free to add as much as you like. The sweetness will vary based on how ripe your fruit is. I used some overripe peaches and the berries here are really sweet so the smoothie didn’t need to be much sweeter.

    And just like any other smoothie there are endless possibilities when it comes to additions. Throw in some banana or pineapple, add a different kind of juice, replace the coconut milk with some avocado, make it your own. I look at this post as more of an inspiration than a recipe. You can take it from here.

    Mixed Berry Coconut Milk Smoothie

    Nothing is quite as refreshing to start the day as an antioxidant loaded smoothie!

    Prep Time 10 minutes

    Ingredients

    • 1 cup fresh strawberries
    • 2 cups fresh blueberries
    • 4 peaches pitted
    • 1 cup unsweetened coconut yogurt
    • 1 13.5 ounce can coconut milk
    • 1/2 cup 100% orange juice
    • 2 - 4 tablespoons pure maple syrup or agave nectar to taste or to taste

    Instructions

    1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender and blend until smooth.


  • Breakfast,  Dairy Free,  Gluten Free,  Recipe,  Snacks,  Vegan,  Vegetarian

    Healthy Heart-Beet Superfood Smoothie (Vegan)

    I think I’m finally coming to terms with the fact that I will never own an unstained piece of clothing again.

    Almost everything in my wardrobe has either been; stained for ages with each new stain being added like a battle scar, stained in one spot that is just impossible to miss and looks like a hobo, or is destined to be stained in a matter of minutes as soon as it enters the kitchen.

    I’m really not that messy most of the time but if you only knew how much time I spend in the kitchen you would understand that the odds of keeping my clothes clean are not in my favor. It’s okay. Like I said, I think I’m finally learning to accept this fact. I just have to consider the spot of tomato sauce on my sleeve and the stripe of green whatever-it-is on the front of my shirt as symbols of my time spent putting love into food. It adds character or something, right? right….? Although, streaks of chocolate on your pants can be both unconvincing and embarrassing to explain if you know what I mean. Yeah.

    You know what makes some of the worst stains; beets. They are incredible for health purposes, they add a ton of gorgeous natural color to whatever you put them in, and they are naturally very sweet. Yep, beets get along very well with your body. It’s the clothes that don’t agree with all of the wonderful attributes of the beet.

    I’m doing an awesome job introducing this smoothie and trying to convince you to make it aren’t I? Just wear an apron or maybe an old T-shirt. A tie-dye T-shirt.

    Okay, but in all seriousness, you really should try this smoothie. It’s packed with nutrition and the kids loved it. The beets give it the prettiest color and they thought it was full of berries and had no idea how many healthy things were in it.

    This is perfect for your healthy New Year’s resolution or detox plans, and it’s dairy-free, nut free, gluten free, and vegan. It would also be a fun and healthy breakfast for Valentine’s day!

    Healthy Heart-Beet Superfood Smoothie (Vegan)

    Boost your energy and immune system with this power packed smoothie that you won't even realize is so healthy.

    Prep Time 15 minutes

    Ingredients

    • 1 cup beets peeled and cooked (about 1 medium)
    • 1 small avocado
    • 2 bananas
    • 1 1/2 cups blueberries
    • 1 cup 100% orange juice
    • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
    • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup or agave nectar (or to taste)

    Optional:

    Instructions

    1. Put beets, avocado, banana, berries, and orange juice into blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Add vanilla and honey or agave to taste. Blend in any other desired add-ins and serve.