I’ve been on this new fitness journey for the past 5 weeks and am learning a lot about what my body can endure. I am pushing myself to limits and places I otherwise would not go. Running 2 months ago? Forget that! But now I find myself running for 40 minutes on the treadmill! (well, not the full 40 minutes, but running none-the-less). I won’t get into my fitness routine in this post (that post will be coming in the next couple of months with progress pics), but I WILL share my go-to smoothie recipes. My PB smoothie bowl and my Cacaoy-wowie morning smoothie (like that name? cheesy?…oh well)
I feel like in places like Australia, elaborate smoothie bowls are the norm, and it is just becoming extremely popular over here. The more ingredients in one bowl makes for the prettiest and more instagrammable breakfast, right? Well, although I do like to “do it for the gram”, I also want to make sure my ingredients are beneficial for me and that I like them and that I’m not just making it pretty for the ‘gram. The above picture is something I would have during the weekend when I have time to tediously and delicately place each peach in their row along with the other ingredients.
What you Will Need
* Coconut Milk (1-2 cups)
* 1 juicy peach
* blueberries (1 cup)
* chia seeds (1 tbsp)
* ground flaxseeds (1 tbsp)
*bee pollen (1 tsp)
*Cacao powder (1 tbsp)
*Peanut Butter (1 tbsp)
*Nature’s Path Organic Flax Plus cereal
*spinach (1 cup)
In a blender, Nutribullet, Vitamix etc. etc. add your blending ingredients (milk, bananas, PB, spinach, ice and Cacao powder). Depending on how thick you want the base to be, add 2 bananas and less milk (1 cup instead of 2). Blend to desired thickness.
Add to a bowl and top with your topping ingredients (sliced peaches, granola or healthy cereal, chia seeds, flax seeds, blueberries and bee pollen).
As with anything, you can add any other fruit or other toppings you’d like, but try it this way first and let me know what you think!
Very similar to the PB Smoothie Bowl, my Cacaoy-Wowie breakfast smoothie that I’ve been having everyday for the past week uses some of the same ingredients and is soooooooo good! I like to mix it up and add a Sun Warrior Vanilla powder instead of cacao (still tweaking that recipe), but this one below is my ultimate go-to.
What you Will Need
* 1 banana
*1-2 cups spinach (I use 2 cups)
*2 tbsp cacao powder
*2 tbsp ground flax seed
*1 tsp chia seeds
I am all about being regular (if you know what I mean), so making sure I go #2 daily (multiple times a day) is very important to me. This smoothie will definitely help you out if you have trouble going to the bathroom. Flax seeds and chia seeds are packed with fiber (and other important nutrients), and so is cacao (and has basically 0 sugar). You can learn more about their health benefits here, here, here and here. (thank you healthambition.com for some great information!)
I also suffer from pretty bad seasonal allergies, so fighting the itchy throat and eyes and the constant sneezing in a natural way is something I value. Bee pollen is a great way to combat the seasonal allergy blues. (you can read more about bee pollen here). Basically this Cacaoy-Wowie smoothie will change your life for the better.
All you need to do is put all of the above listed ingredients into your blender and blend. Then drink and enjoy all of the health benefits this smoothie has to offer. Drink this every morning for a week straight and let me know if you feel the difference in your mood, your gut, your energy and sinuses.