Saturday, July 12, 2014

Tropical Sunshine Smoothie Bowl

 On a cloudy day I like to eat happy sunny things. Which was exactly why I made this smoothie bowl.  It was a kind of humid hot but cloudy day, and I had just decided to treadmill it in my basement instead of giving myself heatstroke (I don't always do so well in super hot weather on a long run).  So, I was feeling sort of sunlight deprived.  But not for long since it was smoothie bowl time.  I apologize to anyone who is sick of me posting smoothie bowls, but I love them!  I know some of you like them too, since I have gotten quite a few pics of your versions of my recipes which is awesome and it makes my day!

So back to this smoothie bowl.  I wanted it to be tropical and sunshiny.  So I included bananas, pineapple and mango with a few berries and a carrot thrown in.  It tasted like sunshine, looked like sunshine, and made me smile as if I was out in the sunshine. So there you go!  You should make this cloudy day or not though because it is so delicious, like a twist on a pina colada with extra goodies!

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Tropical Sunshine Smoothie Bowl
Serves 1

1 large banana, frozen and cut into pieces
1 cup frozen organic mango
1 1/2 cups frozen organic pineapple
a few organic raspberries
1 large carrot, chopped
1/2 tsp ground turmeric
1 scoop raw vanilla protein powder (optional, I used Garden of Life brand)
1/4-1/2 cup raw hemp milk or coconut milk (depending on how liquidy you like it, I like mine thick so I add less)
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
stevia to taste (or your choice liquid raw sweetener)

dried goldenberries
dried large flake coconut
bee pollen (omit if vegan)
ground flax seed
shelled raw hemp seeds

For the smoothie, combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth, using the tamper to press the mixture into the blades.  Pour into a bowl, top with toppings (I used about 1 Tbsp of each).  Enjoy!

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