Every winter I step up my exercise/not-eating-like-a-pig routine. I’m just not as active in the winter, plus all those frigging holidays (pie! pie! COOKIES!) really mess with me because I have the self-control of a gnat.
I have been mildly obsessed with smoothie bowls for a few months now. In past years I would generally have a smoothie after exercising in the morning, but then I stumbled upon the world of smoothie bowls. A smoothie. In a bowl. With crunchy stuff added on top, so you’re actually eating something, as opposed to drinking your breakfast.
Not that there’s anything wrong with that, per se, but drinking your meals just feels restrictive after awhile.
I have no set recipe when I make a smoothie bowl. There are three basics – it always has almond milk (because I don’t like cow’s milk), yogurt, and a banana. Sometimes I add berries and spinach, sometimes just peanut butter, sometimes oatmeal, etc.
Now I realize that this might seem like “diet food,” or something as equally unappetizing, but I find smoothie bowls delicious. And they are convenient, as you can really cram a lot of nutrients and fruit into one meal. The chocolate peanut butter bowl is one of my favorites, and here’s how I make it.
Step One – get thee a blender. I use a little $10 personal blender, but anything works.
Step Two – the good stuff. I add about 1/3 cup of milk in the bottom and add the banana. Then about 2 tablespoons of peanut butter, and 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder. About 1/3 cup of yogurt, a handful of oats, and either a tablespoon of honey to sweeten it, or about 3 drops of liquid stevia.
(Side note here – powdered stevia is horrifying. Just…awful. The liquid is better and has minimal aftertaste. It’s relatively expensive, but a drop or two is all that is needed for most things.)
Step Three – blend away.
Step Four – top with the good stuff. I like a big handful of unsalted peanuts in this particular bowl.
And then devour the damn thing. It’s like a peanut buttery, chocolatey soup. Yum.
In case anyone is wondering, yes, the smoothie bowls are filling. I think adding the crunchy stuff on top really helps, and you are not limited to nuts. You can top a bowl with anything – seeds, nuts, granola, head cheese, whatever.
So go forth and blend.
See you later!