I highly considered calling this post “My Daily Breakfast.”
Itching to know why? Because I literally eat it every single morning without fail.
It was recently brought to my attention that [most] girls say “literally” far too often. A wise man explained to me that 97.4% of the time girls say “literally,” the meaning of the sentence would not change one bit if “literally” were removed. The above sentence applies. The theory is literally so true.
My apologizes for being president of the “literallyicanteven” club.
I digress. For a while, I was having this exact smoothie in a more slurpable version (as in I drank it from a cup with a bit more almond milk rather than a bowl) but there’s just something about a super cold and creamy smoothie with crunchies on top that gets me every time.
I didn’t used to be the kind of person that ate the same thing for breakfast every day. I’m sure you can tell from my “What I Ate Wednesday” posts that I like eating food with different flavors and textures at all times. But, BUT…now I wake up each and every morning craving the EXACT.SAME.THING.
And it’s this.
This beautiful bowl of glory that disguises every superfood known to man in its chocolatey greatness. It’s not one of those smoothies that you eat because you know it’s good for you. That’s just an added bonus. It’s a textural paradise for your face hole and it tastes like happiness.
I start work at Alchemy at 6am three to five times a week. If I didn’t have this bad boy to look forward to at 7:30am, I don’t know if I’d survive. I mean, this smoothie bowl is the reason I get out of bed every morning. It’s my alarm clock.
I highly recommend you pre-make a few smoothie baggies on Sunday night so breakfast is a breeze. Simply place all the ingredients except the optional date and almond milk in a small plastic baggie, repeat, and place the baggies in the freezer. Then in the morning, dump a baggie in the blender with the almond milk and date (or sweetener of choice) and let ‘er whirl! I usually make four bags at a time.
Note that frozen spinach is key to the thick texture here. I get the loose flat leaf kind, not the solid block. If you don’t use frozen, you’ll want to use less almond milk. It should be thick but still pourable.
As far as superfoods go, I pretty much buy everything in bulk from Amazon. When your breakfast every morning involves hemp seeds, raw cacao, and cacao nibs, it really pays to buy in bulk. For example, I get 2-16oz packages of this organic raw cacao on Amazon for $23.18 as opposed to paying $9.99 for an 8oz package in stores. That’s nearly double the price! As far as plant-based protein goes, my favorites are Vega Vanilla Protein + Greens and Skoop Vanilla. Adding plant-based protein powder really helps hold me over till my mid-morning snack attack.
My topping of choice are always a tablespoon of cacao nibs and a handful of Love Grown Power O’s (which are made of beans). I die for the crunch. Check out last week’s What I Ate Wednesday post to see what my bowl looks like in real life when I’m not spending three hours perfectly aligning blueberries.
For the purpose of pretty blog pictures, I added some goji berries, coconut, and fresh bloobs to this bowl. She looks like a big bowl of America!
Cheers to the breakfast bowl that you’ll never ever EVER get sick of. Ever.
- 1¼ cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1 cup frozen blueberries
- 1 cup frozen spinach
- 1 tbsp cacao powder
- 1 tbsp hemp seeds
- 1 Medjool date (optional for sweetness, or try stevia/banana/maple syrup to taste)
- 1 scoop vanilla brown rice protein (I love Vega Vanilla Protein + Greens)
- Optional: 1 tsp spirulina, dash vanilla extract
- Toppings of choice: cacao nibs, fresh fruit, granola, cereal, coconut, goji berries, etc.
- Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender (I used my nutribullet) and blend until smooth and creamy. It will be thick.
- Pour into bowl and top with desired toppings.