the b bowl
Vegan / Raw / Paleo / Dairy-free / Gluten-free / Refined Sugar-free
I'm so excited to share this with you - my very special breakfast 'B bowl' with an unexpected special ingredient
Chopped up and frozen just like you would a banana (except we keep the skin on here!) Before I explain the frozen zucchini thing, let me tell you why I have named this delightful dish the 'B bowl' and what exactly it is.
Often I can't decide if I want a smoothie or granola for breakfast, (and trust me, it's quite a hard decision to make some mornings!) so I decided to incorporate both - my love for the creaminess of a nutrient dense smoothie and the crunchiness of granola. The base of this beauty is blueberries, with the addition of brazil nuts, brown rice protein powder and bee pollen, hence the name. Bee pollen has to be one of my all time favourite super-foods as it's a complete protein (contains all of the essential amino acids) and packed with all the B vitamins us plant-based girls (and guys) need.
Now, let's talk about the zucchini. I have removed high fructose fruits from my diet for a while now, (something I highly recommend to anyone who has weight to shift or is struggling with a skin condition, especially eczema or acne), so unfortunately bananas have been out. Quite the dilemma for a smoothie fiend such as myself. The search for something beyond avocado or coconut to thicken my smoothies has been quite the challenge - until last night when I was making dinner, and wondered what zucchini would be like. My first attempt just adding a regular room temperature zucchini wasn't that flash, but when frozen - Oh my! It added the perfect chilled creaminess to the smoothie that I adore and miss from bananas. As a bonus, it's an easy way to add one extra veggie to my daily total, which is always a good thing!
Once you have made the smoothie base you can sprinkle it with whatever you like. Some of my favourite toppings are cacao nibs for iron, magnesium and of course a delicious crunch, extra bee pollen, coconut flakes (toasted is super yummy too!), activated almonds or walnuts, fresh berries, raw coconut yoghurt, and rose petals - yes I eat these and they make the bowl look oh-so pretty!
The 'B' Bowl
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 cup frozen raspberries
1-2 cups of chopped spinach or silverbeet
1 medium frozen zucchini, (chop into chunks before freezing)
1 generous spoonful of coconut yoghurt
1 cup filtered water
3 brazil nuts
1 tsp almond butter
1 tbsp maca powder
1tbsp greens powder - I use vitamineral green but other great options are spiriluna or wheatgrass powder
1 tbsp of sprouted brown rice protein powder, optional - I love RAW by Amazonia
1/2 tsp bee pollen + extra for sprinkling
1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
a few drops of vanilla liquid stevia - optional
bee pollen, coconut flakes, activated nuts or seeds, fresh berries, coconut yoghurt, cacao nibs, raw granola, sliced banana, goji berries, rose petals.... whatever you fancy!
- Pop everything into your blender and whizz until liquified and creamy
- Pour into a bowl and sprinkle on your favourite toppings.
- Sit down and relax whilst eating and set your intention for the day ahead
This smoothie bowl is jam-packed with low fructose fruits, vegetables, good fats and proteins providing you with all the B-vitamins, antioxidants, selenium, iron, vitamin A, C & E and protein that you will need for an amazing start to the day! This will keep you full and satisfied for hours.