I finally did it. I finally tried the smoothie bowl.
The first time I saw a smoothie in a bowl was probably about a year ago over at Keepin’ It Kind. I have to admit, although it looked beautiful and delicious as Kristy’s stuff always does, I thought she had gone a little bit crazy. A smoothie? In a bowl? I didn’t get it nor did I realize it was a thing (obviously). Sigh, I always am just a little behind. Anyway, I shrugged it off and forgot about it.
But the smoothie bowl began to haunt me. It was everywhere. I was stumbling upon whole Pinterest boards dedicated them, full-on smoothie bowl tutorials, and then suddenly it seemed like all my favorite bloggers were eating smoothies with spoons. When it got to the point that, like, half of the pictures in my Instagram feed were smoothies in bowls (the other half being adorable puppies), I knew it was time to give it a try.
I started drinking daily smoothies back in April when I began my 30 day cleanse. Prior to that I had never really been a smoothie person, preferring my fruits and vegetables separate and chewable. Plus, who wants to wash a Vita-Mix every single day?
Me! I do! So quickly did I change after just about a week of starting the day off with a smoothie. Usually a variation of my Green Power Smoothie or PB2 Banana Hemp Shake, I have had one nearly every single day since the cleanse and it is one of my favorite parts about the morning. But after nearly three months of basically the same two smoothies, it was time to mix it up.
A few weeks ago Vega contacted me about trying some of their products, to which I enthusiastically accepted. A few days later a wonderful package of protein powders, smoothie mixes, and some very delicious Maca Chocolate bars (stay tuned for something extra special with those) were delivered to my door.
The first thing I tried was the Choc-A-Lot Protein Smoothie. I replaced it for the hemp protein powder in my PB2 Banana Shake. Between the PB2 and Choc-A-Lot protein smoothie, the breakfast shake had about 30 grams of protein. Oh, and it was delicious. I also tried the Tropical-Tango Protein Smoothie mixed with some frozen bananas, mango, spinach, and coconut water – definitely now in the morning rotation. What I love about these smoothie mixes is they have 15 grams of protein and tons of veggie power per serving. When added to my own smoothies, it provides flavor, nutrients, and protein. Meanwhile it doesn’t add too many extra calories or that chalky aftertaste you find with so many other protein powders.
Then finally I started experimenting with the Vega One French Vanilla Nutritional Shake
These came to me in a box with 10 single serving packets that can be easily mixed with water or nut milk for on-the-go snacking. Each serving of the Vega One offers:
50% of daily vitamins and minerals
15 grams of protein
I used the French Vanilla flavor in this Vanilla Raspberry Smoothie Bowl and it was like eating an ice cream sundae for breakfast, with all the extra health benefits of the nutritional shake and added super foods. Oh, and the consensus on the smoothie bowl: YES!
- 1 small frozen banana
- 1 cup frozen raspberries
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 packet Vega Vanilla Protein Powder
- 2 tbsp chia seeds + 2 tbsp water
- 1/4 cup granola (I used a Vanilla Almond flavor)
- a few fresh raspberries
- and a sprinkling of cacao nibs
- Soak the chia seeds in water for ten minutes until thick and gelatinous. Transfer to blender, along with all the other smoothie ingredients and blend until smooth.
- Pour into a bowl and top with granola, raspberries, and cacao nibs.
- Enjoy with a spoon!
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Disclaimer: I was given the Vega products to try, but the opinions expressed are completely my own.