Most people think all vegetarians eat are fruits and vegetables. But I can tell you first hand, that some days it is a real struggle to get in my daily dose of greens. So last week I set myself a challenge to eat veggies for every single meal. This green monster smoothie bowl turned out to be the best, and most delicious way, to get greens in for breakfast.
Unfortunately for me, and my poor boyfriend who got roped into this veggie challenge with me, I didn’t create the green monster smoothie bowl until a few days into our challenge.
We were struggling through steamed green beans and bitter green salad for our first meals of the day. Don’t get me wrong, I love all kinds of vegetables! But not necessarily for breakfast.
I found that frozen zucchini works great in smoothies, it’s virtually tasteless and makes shakes nice and creamy. Baby spinach is my favorite leafy green, but baby kale works in a pinch too, which is what I used in the green monster smoothie bowl. You can also add your favorite nut butter, I think almond walnut would be amazing. Toppings are probably my favorite part of any smoothie bowl; fresh fruit, frozen fruit, nuts, seeds, granola, dried fruit, coconut shreds, you get the picture. My bowl is topped with my Paleo Pumpkin Granola, hemp seeds, chia seeds, and flax seeds.
Green Monster Smoothie Bowl
Yields 1 serving
1/4 cup sliced frozen zucchini
1/4 cup greens- I used baby kale but spinach is even better
1/4 cup frozen pineapple
1/2 cup coconut milk
1 scoop plant based vanilla protein powder (I use https://www.gardenoflife.com/content/protein/ )
Dash of cinnamon
Place all the ingredients in a high speed blender. Pulse to blend. If the mixture is too thick to blend properly, add in a tiny splash of milk. If the smoothie is too thin, add in a 1/4 cup of crushed ice. We want the smoothie to be think enough to eat with a spoon, similar to yogurt.
Finish with your favorite toppings; my current obsession is paleo granola and whatever seeds I have on hand.