Green Smoothie Bowl

green smoothie bowlHere in North Carolina, spring is well underway with plenty of sunshine and temperatures in the 70s and 80s. Seattleites, don’t be jealous.

While I go crazy for cozy breakfast favorites like steel cut oats during winter, come spring my taste buds change their tune. I start craving fresh fruit and cold smoothies. As I’ve grown older, I’ve moved away from the sweeter flavors combinations, like peanut butter and banana, towards fresher and greener options. Greens pack an unbelievable punch of energy in the morning, much like a caffeine hit but without the ensuing crash. Lately I’ve been enjoying my smoothies a little thicker and from a bowl. Here’s my latest morning concoction, perfect to kick your morning off to a refreshing start.
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Green Smoothing Bowl (serves 1)

Smoothie Ingredients
  • 1/4 ripe avocado
  • 3/4 ripe banana, previously sliced and frozen
  • 1/2 cup frozen pineapple
  • 2 large handfuls spinach
  • 1/4 cup vanilla Greek yogurt, preferably grass-fed
  • 1/2 – 3/4 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk
Topping Ideas
  • Granola
  • Raw nuts and seeds (almonds, pecans, sunflower seeds, etc.)
  • Shredded unsweetened coconut
  • Sliced fresh berries
  • Shredded coconut
  • Cocoa nibs
  • Sliced banana
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Directions
  1. Add smoothie ingredients to your blender and blend until smooth. Start by adding a 1/2 cup milk and then slowly add more if needed. Be careful not to thin it too much. The texture should be pretty thick as you’re eating it through a spoon, not a straw.
  2. Taste and adjust flavor as needed, adding more banana or other fruit for sweetness, or more spinach (or other greens) for that extra punch of veggie power. You can also add some ice to make it a little thicker and colder. I don’t like my smoothies too intensely cold – brain freeze!
  3. For more protein, you can also add your protein powder of choice, almond butter, or if you’re adventurous an egg white.
  4. Pour into a serving bowl and top with toppings of your choosing!
  5. Smoothies are always best devoured immediately, although you can certainly keep leftovers in the fridge for a day.
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Just look at that color. Does that scream spring or what?

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An early morning smoothie bowl selfie. I’m not wearing any makeup here, which reminds me of Karen’s post on the #YouLookDisgusting campaign.

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How do you like to eat your smoothies, in a glass or in a bowl? Any favorite spring and summer breakfast recipes? While I generally don’t eat dairy, I do eat some full fat and grass-fed Greek yogurt every week to make sure my probiotics are on point. For me, a favorite breakfast treat is a big bowl of vanilla yogurt with granola and berries. It’s about as close to real ice cream as I get these days.
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XOXO,
Jules

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Friday Favorites

Happy Friday dear friends! I’m writing this week’s round-up from my hotel room in Las Vegas. My brother and I are slowly making our way to Raleigh, North Carolina where my husband and I are relocating. This weekend we’ll be exploring Santa Fe, which I’m super excited about. Bring on the green chili! Mil’s also traveling this weekend for a friend’s birthday. We’re such jet setters (lol)! What are your plans this weekend? Clubbing Vegas style? Hanging with friends? Whatever you end up doing, have fun and enjoy this week’s round-up!
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1. Before we moved, Nick and I sold almost all our furniture. So, we’ll be starting over in our new apartment with almost all new pieces. Since we’re in our 30’s now, I’d like to finally have a place that looks classy and grown-up, and not like an Ikea showroom. These tips on how to make your home look expensive are a great start.
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2. Design Love Fest had a great post on adult friendships this week, with different perspectives from five different women. I definitely agree with several of the women that while it’s not necessarily harder to make friends as you get older, it is harder to develop really close friendships.
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3. As someone who loves to cook, it’s crazy to me that a lot of my friends don’t really cook. I guess between after work happy hours and the Whole Foods hot bar, it’s pretty easy to get away with spending a limited amount of time in the kitchen. This post on “19 Real Food Recipes Every Gal Should Know” is a great resource for anyone who’s looking to master a few basic healthy dishes.
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4. Valentine’s Day is coming up and I’m in love with these printable cards featuring rap lyrics. They’re a sassy way to share the love with the faves in your life. “Foreva, Foreva, eva?
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5. I’ve been wanting to plan a couples trip with my friends in New York. Nantucket is one of a few destinations we’ve been eyeing. Design Sponge recently came out with a 24 hour guide to the city and it has me dreaming of lazy bike rides and freshly caught seafood.
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XOXO,
Jules

Love Your Leftovers: Clementine Smoothie

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Throughout the cold and dreary days of winter, citrus fruits provide a much needed burst of bright and juicy refreshment. My personal favorite is the clementine, beloved for its easily removable peel and seedless segments. Pretty much every Sunday of the season you can find me in the produce aisle loading a new box of Cuties into my cart. The problem of course is that eventually I become a little overly ambitious and end up with a fridge full of fruit. What to do, what to do?

While smoothies are typically a summer staple, recently I’ve been whipping them up using my excess Clementines and have been loving the early morning energy boost they give me. This smoothie recipe reminds me a little bit of an Orange Julius, only without any additives. A light vanilla flavor is a delicious addition to orange flavors.

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Clementine Smoothie (serves 1)

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 clementines
  • A few chunks of frozen banana
  • ½ cup yogurt or light coconut milk
  • 1 drop pure vanilla extract
  • 3-4 ice cubes
  • Tiny dash sea salt
  • Optional: drizzle of honey for added sweetness, handful spinach

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DIRECTIONS:

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Peel and segment your clementines. Remove as many of the white strings as possible. I was a little lax with my first batch and they added a weird stringy texture to my smoothie. Still delicious though.

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Toss your ingredients into a blender and process until smooth.

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Serve immediately and enjoy! For some extra nostalgia, serve with a soft pretzel and let yourself be whisked away to your glory days cruising the mall.

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If you give this smoothie a try, let me know what you think!
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XOXO,
Jules

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