Happy Hump Day! Are you looking for a mid-week boost and something to cool you down in this hot weather? This smoothie bowl is the perfect idea to refresh, cool-down and a great way to nourish your body. Adding protein powder is optional.. however I strongly recommend adding protein to amp up the satiety of this recipe. I choose Genuine Health’s Fermented Vegan Vanilla Protein powder…it is my FAVOURITE. Out of all plant-based proteins I’ve ever tried it is not “chalky” or “sandy” in texture like many of the other ones out there on the market.
Why choose a fermented plant-based protein powder?
For one, I choose plant-based because I find I get bloating and gut discomfort from some whey (dairy-based) protein powders. Also, plant-based protein powders are a great way to add additional veggies into your diet.
Fermentation is something I always look for when buying a plant-based protein powder. The fermentation process partially breaks down the plant-based proteins which allows for optimal absorption of protein from the product! (you will absorb a higher percentage of the protein per scoop if it is fermented versus the regular not fermented protein). Look for the words fermented or sprouted on plant-based protein powders for the most benefit.
Smoothie tip! Always sneak veggies in wherever you can. Since this blend involves dark deep and bright colored berries, spinach will be well hidden in the blend. This helps you meet your veggies goals, lower the sugar per serving, increase folate content and amp up the nutritional content.
Very Berry Smoothie Bowl (Serves ~1-2 people)
- 1 cup frozen mixed berries (I used Nature’s Touch Berry Blend)
- 1 cup spinach, washed
- 1/2 a large frozen banana (or 1 small frozen banana)
- 3/4 cup Silk Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk, plus more if needed
- 1 scoop or 2 tbsp Genuine Health’s Fermented Vegan Vanilla Protein Powder (or protein powder of choice)
- 1 Tbsp shredded unsweetened coconut (desiccated)
- Fresh berries
- 1 Tbsp Nuts/seeds/granola
- Add frozen berries and banana to a powerful blender (I recommend Vitamix or Ninja)
- Add almond milk and protein powder (optional), and blend on low again, until the mixture reaches a soft serve consistency. Use a spatula to scrape the walls of the blender to ensure all the protein powder is distributed evenly.
- Scoop into 1-2 serving bowls and top with desired toppings. My favourite toppings are homemade granola, shredded coconut, and fresh fruit. You can add flax meal or psyillium seed husk for a fibre boost as well!
Special thanks to my friends at Genuine Health for all the amazing protein samples they’ve provided me to play with. If you are interested in learning more about their products please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Hope you are all having a wonderful week!