Sunshine Vibes Smoothie Bowl
When I first started making green smoothies I would just throw anything and everything into the blender: turnip greens? sure! banana? you bet. basil? heck yeah. mango? most definitely. collard greens? gimme. No recipe or flavor profile to my madness, just kitchen sink smoothies. They were green, sometimes brown, and the satiety factor was hit or miss. Swamp drink smoothies.
It got kind of out of hand.
After we moved to Hawaii, I realized I had to up my smoothie game. The smoothie bowl is a Hawaiian breakfast staple– and not just the acai kind. Creamy, dreamy smoothie bowls filled with just the right amount of freshly picked fruit, crunchy greens and healthy fats served up roadside in food trucks all over Maui. Smoothies can pack both a nutritional and party-in-your-mouth punch! But to achieve this fine balance, a little thought is required.
I’ve recently become infatuated with using pears in my smoothies as an alternative to bananas and pineapple. I’ve been rotating between berry-based smoothies (strawberry, blueberry and blackberry most commonly) and tropical fruit smoothies (mango, kiwi, pitaya, pineapple) throughout the week. But recently I’ve been really craving those juicy, subtly sweet pear notes in everything. Pear, I’ve discovered, blends wonderfully well with herbs! Mint is my current favorite with pear. But I’m excited to try it with a little ginger or basil.
This smoothie is chock full of goodness to wake up your cells and energize your body:
Pears are excellent sources of fiber, vitamin C, and potassium. Blueberries provide you with your vitamin K, manganese, Vitamin C, fiber, and copper. Lemon is high in antibacterial properties, aids in digestion, detoxes and alkalizes, and is high in Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Calcium, and Riboflavin. Virgin Coconut Oil, a metabolism booster, fights viruses, fungi, and bacteria and is a healthy MCT fat. Coconut water is high in Potassium and Electrolytes, making this smoothie a solid post workout snack! Lacinato Kale is a good source of Calcium, Iron, Potassium, Phosphorus, and Magnesium. And, last but not least, Collard Greens are packed with Vitamin K, Vitamin A, manganese, vitamin C, dietary fiber, calcium, vitamin E, copper, protein, magnesium, phosphorus, vitamin B5, folate, omega-3 fatty acids, niacin, vitamin B1, and potassium. Whew!
Load this baby up with your favorite add-ons. Don’t be afraid to be heavy handed with the nut butter, throw in your favorite protein powder, sprinkle on a dusting of chia or hemp seeds.
Let’s get to blending, shall we?
Sunshine Vibes Smoothie Bowl
A subtle, sweet smoothie bowl for high energy and positive vibes all day long.
- 1 pear, I used bosc but any pear will do
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 1.5 cups frozen wild blueberries
- 3 tbsp unsweetened coconut flake
- 1 tbsp virgin coconut oil
- 1.5 cups coconut water
- 1 handful fresh mint
- 1.5 cups mixed greens (I used lacinato kale and collard greens)
Add all of the ingredients to the container of a high powered blender. Blend until smooth, about 1-2 minutes. I use a Vitamix blender- the tamping wand is essential for blending to get a thick and smooth texture. Add more coconut water as needed until your smoothie is nice and smooth, don't add too much as you want to keep the smoothie nice and thick
Taste the smoothie and adjust to your liking (I tend to add a little more lemon juice and/or mint)
Add in any protein powder, nut butter, maca, matcha, spirulina, dates, etc. Blend again.
Pour smoothie into one large bowl (if you're hangry) or two respectable sized bowls (if you're feeling generous), swirl around with a spoon and top with granola, chia or hemp seeds, coconut flake, fresh blueberries or sliced fruit. Whatever is calling to you from your cabinet