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.
Sweet & Savory Breakfast Sausage Bowl

Sweet & Savory Breakfast Sausage Bowl

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.

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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!

Sweet & Savory Breakfast Sausage Bowl

Mindful Living With Amanda
Gluten & Dairy Free | Paleo Friendly
Course Breakfast
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

Sweet Potato Discs

  • 1 medium sweet potato, scrubbed and dried
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp rosemary, chopped
  • sprinkle of sea salt

Sausage Meatballs

  • 1 pound sugar-free ground breakfast sausage
  • 1 tbsp packed whole sage leaves
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

Fried Apples

  • 3 apples sliced thin
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg

Instructions
 

Sweet Potato Discs

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees, and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Cut the sweet potato into thin discs, and arrange them onto a baking sheet. Be sure to not overlap the discs.
  • Melt the coconut oil with cinnamon in a small bowl. Then, brush both sides of the discs with the oil blend. Sprinkle the discs with sea salt, and drizzle the extra oil on top.
  • Roast for 25-30 minutes, and flip them halfway through.

Sausage Meatballs

  • Fry the whole sage leaves over medium heat with the coconut oil until lightly crisp. Be sure to toss frequently to avoid burning. Once crisp and tender, remove from the heat.
  • Chop the sage leaves up, and toss them into a mixing bowl with the sausage and salt. Combine the mixture and form into 12 meatballs.
  • Brown the meatballs in the pan you used for the sage. Brown the saugsage on all sides, and then cover to steam. Once the sausage is cooked through remove them from the heat.

Fried Apples

  • Drain all but 1 tbsp of the fat from the pan leftover from the sausage. Toss the apples and spices in and fry until tender. Then remove from the heat
  • Arrange the sweet potatoes, meatballs, and apples onto a plate and garnish with some additionally crisp sage leaves. Enjoy!