Mint Cacao Smoothie Bowl

Mint Cacao Smoothie Bowl

This is my go to smoothie bowl for when I am wanting something refreshing and light. My Mint Cacao Smoothie bowl has a touch of mint and cacao blended with nutrient dense spirulina powder and collagen peptides. Dig into this gluten free, dairy free, and paleo friendly breakfast for a refreshing treat to start your day.

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I love mint chocolate chip ice cream, so naturally I created this smoothie bowl to mimic a favorite of mine. Lately, I have been playing with different powders to toss into my smoothies for added nutrients. Spirulina is a blue-green algae plant that is found in both fresh and salt water environments. This anti-inflammatory powder has been proven to help stabilize blood sugar, increase energy, detoxify your body, and enhance brain function.

The use of collagen peptides is an added bonus. When choosing collagen be sure to choose a brand that is grass-fed. Also, be aware of any additives found inside the brand you choose. For this recipe I stuck with an unflavored kind, but there are also wonderful collagen powders from Primal Kitchen and Vital Proteins.

When I pick my mint I typically get the whole plant from Whole Foods, and I will either use their chocolate mint or regular mint leaves. I feel it is more cost effective to buy the plant if you feel you can keep the little guy alive. I try my best, but let’s be honest, I am not always as successful as I wish I could be. A gal can dream, right? Anyways, I hope you enjoy this little treat friends. Let me know if you like it!

Mint Cacao Smoothie Bowl

Mindful Living With Amanda
Gluten & Dairy Free | Paleo Friendly
Course Breakfast
Servings 1 person

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup coconut milk*
  • 3/4 cup frozen cauliflower rice
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 6 mint leaves
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp cacao nibs
  • 1 tsp spirulina powder
  • 1 scoop collagen powder

Toppings

  • fresh banana slices, cacao nibs, shredded coconut, blueberries, mint leaves

Instructions
 

  • Blend all of the ingredients together in a high speed blender, and pour into a bowl. Top with additional toppings of your choice. Enjoy!

Notes

*If you are needing more liquid, add no more than 1/4 cup of additional coconut milk.  You don’t want the smoothie to be too watered down or else you won’t be able to scoop up all of the deliciousness. 
*I use unsweetened cacao nibs and coconut to keep this paleo friendly, but do whatever suits you best. This is a judgment free zone.
Morning Matcha Smoothie Bowl

Morning Matcha Smoothie Bowl

Yep, I am a smoothie kind of gal. This smoothie bowl is a great twist to the traditional cup of smoothie that was likely whipped up on the go before dashing out the door for work or school drop offs. This recipe is gluten free, dairy free and paleo friendly. If you want all of the amazing benefits of matcha green tea and a sweet taste of pistachio, then you will definitely want to try this beauty out!

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Matcha is a form of powdered green tea that you have likely heard about a million times. Matcha itself embodies an abundant amount of nutrients. There are a ton of amazing benefits from having matcha, and there are many different ways you can prepare it. You can serve it warm as a traditional cup of tea, blend it into a smoothie, or use it in baked goods. The options are limitless! Regardless of how you consume it you will be sure to reap the benefits of this vibrant and flavorful tea.

Benefits include…

  • protection against certain types of cancers
  • aides in muscle recovery from intense workouts, in addition to amping up your fat-burning process
  • reduces the risk for heart disease due to the high amount of antioxidants
  • detoxifies your body while aiding in the elimination of unwanted toxins in your body
woman demonstrating bowl with traditional green tea
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Matcha does contain caffeine as it is a form of green tea, but it is not as intense as a cup of coffee. So, it is somewhere in-between. If you are sensitive to caffeine I would probably skip the morning cup of coffee and just have this bowl. I am a survivor of a rare heart condition called Wolff Parkinson White Syndrome, and although I have had a successful heart surgery I remain mindful of the stimulants I consume such as tea and coffee.

In this recipe I used pistachio milk, but you can sub it with whatever nut milk you prefer. I personally love Three Tree’s brand, which can be found at stores such as Whole Foods. For the protein source I used 2 scoops of Primal Kitchen’s Vanilla Coconut Collagen Fuel. The recommended amount of protein per meal is typically 20 grams for women and 30 grams for men. For the Match powder I use Whole Food’s brand, which is affordable for about $14 per package. I hope you enjoy this as much as I do!

Morning Matcha Smoothie Bowl

Mindful Living With Amanda
Course Breakfast
Servings 1 person

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tsp matcha powder
  • 1 1/4 cup pistachio milk
  • 1/2 medium frozen banana
  • 1 cup frozen, organic spinach
  • 1 tbsp nut butter
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds

Optional Toppings

  • hemp seeds, unsweetened coconut flakes, berries, sliced banana, chia seeds

Instructions
 

  • Blend all of the ingredients together in a high speed blender until smooth, and pour into a bowl. Sprinkle your desired toppings on top and enjoy!

Notes

*Add additional milk or water if needed if it is too thick depending on if you use all frozen ingredients.  You want to make sure it is not too runny or it will serve like soup.