A.k.a. the Directions for Making An Extra Creamy, Plant-Powered w/ a PiePerfect Crunch, Protein Smoothie Bowl
If the title wasn’t obvious, we’re in a festive mood. The holidays may just be our favorite time of the shop-able year. Jokes aside, I usually leave the recipes to the other, less chatty writers. Otherwise, It gives very much, “TLDR”. However, for this recipe, descriptor words were needed. So without further ado…the extra creamy, plant-powered, protein bowl.
What a mouthful—
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Getting the Smoothie Thickness Right is Where Creamy Lies
We like greek yogurt if you’re a vegetarian and if you’re vegan we like canned coconut cream. But if you’re allergic to coconut don’t worry we have a third option that will get your smoothie bowl just as thick and creamy.
To create your smoothie bowl base you’ll need to first…
Pick a Creamy Base
Plain Greek yogurt is low in calories, high in calcium, and contains lots of good bacteria for your digestive system. If you feel your vaginal flora is out of balance, this is a great base to use for a few days. Go for one of the two below if you're a vegan.
Coconut cream is not low in calories or healthy fats, but it has other advantages like making for an incredibly creamy smoothie bowl; is rich in potassium and fiber. This food is nutrient-dense and packed with minerals like iron and selenium.
Chia milk pudding (or chia seeds soaked overnight in plant-based milk) is going to give a different kind of texture. It’ll be creamy in a way that’s different from the chalky texture of greek yogurt. It even differs from the butter-smooth, creaminess of coconut cream. As opposed to the first two, chia pudding is likened to tapioca pudding because of its jelly-like consistency.
Add Protein and Supplements
Adding a meal replacement protein powder to your smoothie bowl is what’s going to satisfy your hunger and give you everything you need to feel focused, alert, and in better control of emotional responses. Body Complete Rx Nourish Protein provides skin-nourishing, appetite-controlling, immune-boosting vitamins, and nutrients.
Begin by Picking a Protein Flavor
Next, Add Some Supplements
This is the time to add a collagen powder, CBD drops, or otherwise. Our Restore Collagen Boosting Powder has a super green formula with a refreshing, cucumber-lime taste. It would pair well in a watermelon, pineapple, honeydew, or even avocado smoothie bowl.
Thicken the Smoothie with Frozen Fruit & Add a Pinch of Salt
Don’t sleep on the salt friends, it’s what brings all the light and sweet flavors depth. As for the fruit you use the sky is the limit but for a mind-blowing bowl, it’ll need to flow with the protein flavor.
We suggest these pairings:
Our Caramel Frappe Nourish Protein Powder Pairs Well With…
Well, obviously this one pairs well with coffee. Try an espresso-inspired protein bowl. Mix the caramel frappe protein, real maple syrup, your smoothie bowl base, and cacao. Top the smoothie bowl with dark chocolate-covered espresso beans and sea salt.
Or pair the caramel frappe meal replacement powder with other complimentary flavors. Use ingredients like bananas, pears, coconut, or peanut butter. (But maybe not altogether.)
Our Piña Colada Nourish Protein Powder Pairs Well With…
Superfood, green smoothie bowls; containing veggies like kale, spinach, and parsley, do well with flavors like pineapple and coconut. Top this smoothie bowl with chunks of coconut meat, pineapple, and honey to subdue the earthiness of the greens. But we’ll talk more about the power of toppings here very soon.
If This Sounds Good Try This Shake: The Pomegranate Green Smoothie Bowl
Our Vanilla, Nourish Protein Powder Pairs Well With…
Winter flavors such as cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg— love vanilla. Brighten the taste by introducing a bit of a tang. With the juice of fresh-squeezed, pomegranate seeds and subtle fruits like apples, bananas, pears, or pumpkin puree you’ll pull together all the flavors of a cozy winter.
If That Recipe Sounded Good Try This Cinnamon Protein Mug Cake
Or you can use the vanilla protein to warm the flavor of a super fruity smoothie bowl. Vanilla is a classic pairing to ground the cheerful flavors of strawberries and other bright berries.
Top either of these with the homemade granola to finish out the perfect ratio of creamy to crunch. Now, don't go rushing to the store to buy pre-made granola. You're about to learn how to make easy and healthy granola, that'll blow store-bought away.
Getting Your RIGHT Combination of Topping Textures
The texture isn’t all about the crunch. Don’t forget it’s also about the sticky, sweet honey that holds the roasted granola to the tiny puffs of rice in one glorious chunk of “just the right combinations of textures.”
Your homework: make a granola-texture flavor profile(GTFP). Think about your go-to snacks. Are they crispy, soft, and moist, how about sticky? Every detail must be harmonious when making an extra creamy, perfect pie crunch, smoothie bowl.
Below you’ll find the top 12 ingredients used in nutrient-dense granola. (And yes we made up the term Granola-Texture Flavor Profile.)
- Chia: A small yet nutritious little bite of fiber, protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and essential minerals that help improve digestion and stabilize blood sugars.
- Hemp Hearts:
- Sunflower: Sunflower seeds contain B1, which helps maintain nerve function and energy metabolism, and B5, which helps you burn carbs and fats.
- Peanuts: obliviously contain protein but they’re also a source of beta-glucan, a heart-healthy, soluble fiber.
- Whole Flax Seeds: rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory, omega-3 fatty acids, but if they're milled, they lose their integrity.
- Almonds: Owing to their high fiber content, this nut is known to lower blood sugar levels, reduce blood pressure, and reduce cholesterol levels. Almonds have 3g of fiber per serving.
- Pecans: are a good source of antioxidants, fiber, and monounsaturated fats.
- Walnuts: Besides Omega-3 fatty acids, B vitamins, and iron, walnuts contain protein and polyunsaturated fats.
- Oats: eating this grain will reduce cholesterol and blood sugar levels, and promotes healthy gut bacteria. Oats are also a great way to control appetite.
- Barley: Containing fiber, barley contains molybdenum, manganese, and selenium.
- Puffed Brown Rice: It is a good source of complex carbohydrates, insoluble fiber, proteins, calcium, vitamins, iron, and potassium and is a good source of energy.
- Pepitas (green pumpkin seeds) or Squash Seeds boost a hearty 5g of fiber per 1-ounce serving and 8.5g of protein.
Once you pick the granola ingredients it’s time to bring out the mixing bowl.
You’ll need the following to make your own granola:
- Coconut oil gets it crispy and adds in healthy fats.
- A natural sweetener like real maple syrup, honey, or date syrup helps hold it together.
- Your chosen mix of grains, seeds, nuts, or dried fruits.
- An oven or skillet to brown.
Once all the ingredients are tossed, you’ll pop them in the oven. Try baking at 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Keep on an eye on it. Once it turns slightly golden on top it’s ready to be pulled out. It will finish crisping up outside of the oven.
Finally, chose the yummiest toppings like fruit or honey for your smoothie bowl, and sit down to eat!