Rise and shine, and Happy Tuesday! I’ve successfully made it through week two of the Candida Diet and feeling great! Sugar cravings have subsided, finally. Weekends are a bit of a struggle, but I feel like that is more out of bad habits than actual cravings. Overall, I just feel so much lighter!
The weather is also starting to get warmer, and with that I am craving lighter foods. I want steamed veggies instead of roasted, big salads, less oils, grains, and of course, more green smoothie bowls! I’m a little obsessed. I make a smoothie bowl at least once a week. They’re just so simple and a great way to pack in so many nutrient dense foods and supplements. I love them!
All of my smoothie bowls contain some sort of green: spinach, kale, salad blends, and even some sprigs of parsley. I feel like a health warrior loading up my smoothies with fresh greens. They’re high in dietary fiber, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, potassium, magnesium, as well as phytochemicals and antioxidants. So many essential vitamins and minerals our bodies need are found in leafy greens. #eatyourgreens
Adding avocado to my smoothies makes them thick and creamy. I love this because it holds up nicely in a bowl and can be eaten with a spoon. I also add in a protein powder and collagen peptides. The protein helps keep me full through the morning, and the collagen is great for skin, hair, nails, joints, and digestion. Sprinkling in spices can add extra flavor and health benefits as well. I like to use cinnamon and ginger. Both anti-inflammatory and contain some anti-fungal properties which can aid in healing the body of candida.
Green Smoothie Bowl
1-2 cups greens – spinach, kale, spring mix, or combination
1 scoop Collagen Peptides
1 scoop Vanilla Protein Powder (I use plant-based)
1/4-1/3 cup frozen mixed berries
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground ginger
1/2 cup almond-coconut milk
1/2-2/3 cup filtered water to desired thickness
Add all ingredients to your high-powered blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a bowl and top with whatever your little heart desires.
Topping a smoothie bowl might be the best part. Some of my favorite toppings are shredded coconut, chia seeds, nuts, toasted pumpkin seeds, and buckwheat groats. I like the way crunchy toppings combine with the creaminess of the smoothie. It adds a really nice texture, and I’m all for foods that incorporate multiple senses.
So, who’s making a smoothie bowl this week? What are your favorite combinations and toppings? Share in the comments below!