Superfood Smoothie Bowl

Did you ever notice how every food is now a “superfood”? Also most foods are now also detox foods. People need to slow their roll with putting food into categories.

Anyway, I know I owe you about a million two travel recaps along with a ton of other stuff I want to share, but I haven’t had the chance to create a recipe for a couple weeks and this takes a lot less brain effort to write then something I have to go fact-check.

Nicaragua was amazing. I’ll recap fully soon, I promise. Of course the first place I made my dad stop after he picked me up from the airport (at 11 p.m.) was the grocery store to buy spinach. I had been feeling pretty gross my whole trip and couldn’t wait to start eating super clean again.

I just felt like I ate so much when I really didn’t. I was just eating differently than normal (trying to eat for energy – surfing is hard work!) and I start to feel weird when I’m not eating a ton of veggies and protein. After Tuesday, I made the exec decision I was no longer going to eat white rice… I don’t love it, my body doesn’t love it, I might as well spend the calories somewhere else and eat something satisfying.

Sunday morning, I woke up pretty hungry from not eating anything substantial on Saturday (the Managua and Houston airports both lack healthy options and plane food is probably just injected with sodium). I also knew I needed vegetables stat. I had a smoothie bowl at this cool raw foods cafe in San Juan del Sur and decided to just Cassie-fy it. I was a little cold after breakfast but I suddenly had a ton of energy and felt like myself again. Oh, and did I mention it was delicious?

Superfood Smoothie Bowl

Superfood Smoothie Bowl | almost getting it together

Start your day the tropical way with a smoothie bowl.

What you’ll need:
Smoothie Bowl
2 huge handfuls spinach
1 cup frozen strawberries
1 cup ice
1/2 cup coconut water
1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder
1/4 cup raw rolled oats
1/4 avocado

Topping
1/2 banana
1/4 cup blueberries
2 tbsp Purely Elizabeth Blueberry Hemp Granola
1 tbsp hemp seeds
1 tbsp shredded coconut

What to do:
Put all smoothie bowl ingredients into your Vitamix blender and blend until smooth. It should be a little thicker than a normal smoothie and not flow out of the container – you should have to use a spatula to get it all out.
Put smoothie into a bowl (duh). Add toppings and try not to get a brain freeze as you dig in (this is coming from experience).

Superfood Smoothie Bowl | almost getting it together

Look at that green goodness.

Superfood Smoothie Bowl | almost getting it together

Smoothie bowl is ready for its close-up.

Superfood Smoothie Bowl Nutrition Facts

Chat with me:
What do you eat when you need to get back on track? Are you as obsessed with vegetables as I am?

Cinnamon Pear Green Smoothie

Sorry Green Trekker smoothie… there’s a new smoothie sherif in town and his name is Cinnamon Pear Green Smoothie.

I know we all need some greens in our life after last weekend. This little guy is also great because he has coconut water (potassium, yay!) and fiber from the pear – both are allegedly anti-bloating, but I’m not a nutritionist and I believe everything anyone tells me so maybe don’t trust me on that one.

I literally go to bed dreaming of this smoothie. It was below twenty degrees Saturday morning and I still had to have one. (Then subsequently had to take a shower before yoga because I was so cold. I accidentally told a random girl that story at yoga thinking she was Angela.)

Cinnamon Pear Green Smoothie

cinnamon pear green smoothie | almost getting it together

Give me protein powder or give me… a growling stomach at 10:30 a.m.

What you’ll need:
a ton of baby spinach (or 2 cups if you like measurements)
1 pear, cored and preferably frozen
1 cup coconut water
1 cup ice
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract

What to do:
Throw everything in your blender. Blend until smooth. Drink, dream, repeat.

Chat with me:
What’s your fave smoothie combo?

Fig and Banana Smoothie

I think I missed the boat on fig season. I couldn’t pull the trigger on buying figs. I saw the sugar content. I saw the calorie count. “Oh but the fiber!” you say. “Oh but the nutrients!” you say. I have no problem in my life getting enough fiber or nutrients. I probably ingest too much fiber and nutrients, to be honest with you. I also really like figs and can’t trust myself around them.

I was really anti-dried sun fruits (raisins, dates, figs) until I did a juice cleanse in January. (If only I could force myself to do another.) I was SO GOOD about not eating added sugar for the week after… I didn’t even eat chocolate for a week, and if you know me, that’s basically a lifetime in my world. Luckily at the time I was in California so figs and dates were aplenty. And I would eat figs every day for a snack. I even went to a date farm I was so addicted. (More on that later.)

Anyway, so I kept seeing figs everywhere at the end of summer. They were in cute little baskets at Whole Foods and in oatmeal and salads, three things I love. Finally by the time I decided I was going to buy figs, just one batch, just to see how it felt, THEY WERE GONE.

I found some Black Turkey figs at Market District luckily so after looking up their calorie/sugar content/baking capabilities on my phone in the produce section, I bought five. Those suckers were a buck each! I decided to try them in a smoothie and also used them in muffins, which I totally forgot I had a recipe for/pictures of and need to post as well.

FIG AND BANANA SMOOTHIE

almost getting it together fig and banana green smoothie

I’m using props. How artsy am I?

What You’ll Need:
2 cups (or a bagful if you’re me) baby spinach
1/2 frozen banana
3 fresh figs (I used Black Turkey, obvs. Are you even listening to me?)
2/3 cup almond milk
1/2 cup ice
1 scoop protein powder
1 tbps chia seeds
1 tsp cinnamon

What to Do:
You know the drill. Dump in blender. Blend until smooth. Enjoy!

Tips:
You can omit the protein powder or chia seeds if you aren’t into those types of things.

Chat with Me:
What seemingly healthy foods can you not trust yourself around? I also cannot be trusted around most fruit or nut butters.

Pumpkin Pie Green Smoothie

This breakfast was inspired by my hero, Goop. (That’s Gwyneth Paltrow for those of you who aren’t part of the cult of Goop.) After a typical failure of a clean-eating weekend brought on by my long-run day binge, I was eyeing Gwen-Gwen’s elimination diet once again. (If you think I don’t own her latest book, It’s All Good, you’re mistaken.) I’m really going to do it one of these days, I swear!

Anyway, she had a recipe for a “pumpkin pie” smoothie made from roasted sweet potato instead of pumpkin. I have also seen recipes for sweet potato smoothies but have not experimented with them. I luckily had half of a roasted sweet potato in the fridge so this was a perfect way to use it up. Her recipe didn’t call for spinach and a morning without spinach is a morning I don’t want to be a part of (unless oats are involved), so I edited it a little bit.

Strangely enough, this tasted more like pumpkin pie than any smoothie I have made with actual pumpkin puree. I think the roasted flavor of the sweet potato brings it out. If I called this a healthy Pumpkin Spice Frappachino, I would get so many hits to my blog.

Pumpkin Pie Green Smoothie

 

Pumpkin Pie Green Smoothie | Almost Getting It Together

Pumpkin Pie Green Smoothie

 

What you’ll need:
2 cups spinach (or if you’re me, a Vitamix full of spinach)
3/4 cup almond milk
1/2 cup ice
1/2 frozen banana
1/2 roast sweet potato
1 scoop birthday cake protein powder (I know, I’ma nut)
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp vanilla extract

What to do:
Dump all of it into your blender. Blend until smooth. Pour into a glass and get flooded with nutrients and fall flavors.

 

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So You Want to Make a Green Smoothie

One of my favorite breakfasts is a green smoothie. I have a few go-to recipes, one of which I will post at a later date that I call Emily’s Green Trekker (because my friend Emily adapted it from a Whole Foods smoothie we drank every morning during a trip to South Beach). After drinking Emily’s Green Trekker for approximately the past three months, I ventured out into new smoothie territory based on a smoothie I saw at Running With Spoons who has AMAZING recipes on her blog.

In the morning, if I’m not drinking a smoothie and it’s a weekday, I’m eating oatmeal. How could I mix my favorite two breakfasts together? With an oatmeal chocolate chip cookie smoothie, of course! Disclaimer: this smoothie is green. If you’re not down with green smoothies I don’t know why you’re even on my blog.

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OATMEAL CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE SMOOTHIE

You’ll need:
2 cups spinach (Honestly I don’t measure spinach… I just fill my Vitamix nearly to the top with it. The more spinach, the better in my world.)
1 cup almond milk
1/2 frozen banana
1/2 frozen mango chunks (Don’t know why, but it helps the cookie taste)
1 scoop birthday cake protein powder (any flavor will work… I’ve also used vanilla and want to try chocolate)
2 tbsp chocolate PB2
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp cocoa powder
handful of ice

What to Do:
Dump everything into your Vitamix. Don’t have a Vitamix? You’re missing out my friend. Shell out the $500. I promise it’s worth it. Okay, so you’re not a psychopath like me and don’t believe in $500 blenders. Dump everything into your blender. If you’re weird and want to know the order, I do spinach, almond milk, frozen fruit, dry stuff, ice. You’ll have to taper everything down probably during mixing. Mix on high until desired consistency. Poor in a cool mug and enjoy,

Tips:
Smoothies are an art, not a science. You gotta just play with what works for you. You could trade out the mango for another mild fruit or an entire banana instead. There’s a tip.

 

Chat with me:Do you have a Vitamix? Do you want one?