Dinner used to be my favorite meal of the day, but after exploring healthier brunch/breakfast options, dinner takes second place to this blueberry smoothie bowl! The avocado and banana make it super creamy and the hint of tingly, cool peppermint wakes up the brain (without the brain-freeze!).
A smoothie is a great way to get all of your supplements, fiber and protein in one glass…or bowl. Time to pull up a chair because today I’m serving a smoothie in a bowl, on a tray, for a breakfast treat! One spoonful of this and you’ll love the way your day is starting.
But what about when you can’t bring a bowl on-the-go? I first saw a Corkcicle when I stayed in the mountains with my sister-in-law. It’s a canteen that keeps drinks hot or cold for a long time — cold for a full day!!! I saw it become her tea jug by morning and cold thermos by night. And even better, It’s big enough to hold a bottle of wine and can float in a pool. Umm, SOLD! I later bought my own Corkcicle to make drinking smoothies easier when I’m on the road. I tested it out and brought a smoothie along for the ride, and despite the CA heat, my blueberry smoothie was still just as cold 4 hours later!
One of my favorite things about this smoothie recipe is: 1. the cooling peppermint and 2. the thickness. The peppermint extract makes it feel extra cold, refreshing and it’s also soothing to the stomach.* Double bonus. As for the thickness, avocado plus banana helps it get really creamy!
I use collagen protein and psyllium husk fiber so that it’s filling and good for the gut. I love using Great Lakes‘ gelatin protein powder because it’s easy to digest, made with one ingredient and helps to repair muscle tissue. For extra fiber, we’ll use psyllium husk because it’s an insoluble fiber that aids in digestion, and is low in FODMAP, too.
After you blend the smoothie together, the real fun begins! Add crunchy toppings, like sprouted sunflower and pumpkin seeds, and coconut flakes. Feel free to pile on your favorite fruity, sweet, salty and chocolatey toppings! For another day, change up the recipe by adding new toppings and swapping out the blueberries with your favorite fruit.
*IBguard and Iberogast® are other peppermint supplements/herbal elixirs that help digestion. They have worked great for me (recommended by Stanford GI doctors) and are worth researching/looking into.
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