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.
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!
fresh banana slices, cacao nibs, shredded coconut, blueberries, mint leaves
Blend all of the ingredients together in a high speed blender, and pour into a bowl. Top with additional toppings of your choice. Enjoy!
*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.
Tired of the same breakfast routine on repeat? Try this recipe for a sweet and savory breakfast that will keep you fueled for the day ahead. This simple dish has a lovely blend of cinnamon and sage, which is complimented by the savory sausage. Serve up this gluten free, dairy free, and paleo friendly dish for a healthy brunch or breakfast option any day of the week.
I have recently limited my grain, dairy, and egg intake during The Inflammation Spectrum protocol designed by Dr. Will Cole. I have to admit that I feel less bloated without grains. I already knew going into the plan that I was not big on dairy. The hardest part for me was limiting eggs. I love eggs, and every Sunday I would boil some to keep on hand for during the week when I needed a healthy snack. So, I set out to develop more breakfast options that were free of gluten, dairy, added sweeteners, and grains. Enter, my Sweet and Savory Breakfast Sausage Bowl.
Start by making the sweet potato discs, because they will take the longest to cook. While the discs are roasting in the oven you can simply prepare the remainder of the meal. Sweet potatoes are a great source of fiber, several vitamins and minerals, and they held stabilize blood sugar. You can even make this portion of the recipe to go alongside grilled chicken and roasted veggies for another simple dinner option.
The brand of breakfast sausage I use is ButcherBox, which is a meat delivery service that only uses quality meats sourced from ethical farmers. Their breakfast sausage is free from sugars and only has salt, pepper, and sage as the ingredients. You could also substitute the pork for ground turkey if that is your jam. When you brown the sage be sure to move it around the pan frequently to avoid burning, and you only need to fry them until tender and lightly crisp. The smell that will fill your home from this dish will be amazing. I hope you enjoy this as much as we did!