The Purple Smoothie Bowl is one of the most refreshing foods I'm making lately. There are many variations on this bowl - I'm sure many of you have seen them around the internet or other recipe places. This is super simple to make, and can easily be made in a regular blender.
This is a low-sugar, low-carbohydrate meal - or snack, depending on how you eat it. I love to serve it in a bowl and eat it like a cold soup or cold porridge.
Try it for yourself, or add your own variations, and let us know what you think!
Purple Smoothie Bowl
YIELD 1 Serving | PREP TIME 10 Minutes
1 Tbsp chia seeds
1 Tbsp hemp seeds
1 Tbsp pumpkin seeds
½ cup water
½ cup blueberries
½ cup blackberries
1 Tbsp almond butter
½ Tbsp coconut butter/oil
½ cup unsweetened almond or hemp milk
Soak chia, pumpkin, and hemp seeds in ½ cup water while you gather other ingredients (or make coffee, tea, etc.)
Combine all Blend ingredients in blender, with the now-soaked chia and hemp seeds. Blend on high speed until smooth.
Transfer to a bowl and top with desired toppings.
Eat, enjoy and feel great!
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When: Have this smoothie bowl as a meal (I recommend morning or lunch), especially on a day when your activity level is not super high. You can should still exercise on the day you plan to have this for a meal, I just don’t recommend having this as your only meal on days that are high intensity and/or duration. Alternatively, use this is a snack; if you use this as a snack, it is perfect! For a post-workout snack. You’d want to be sure to still have a meal within at least two hours after your workout, even if you eat this as a snack right after your workout.
Why: This recipe is fairly heavy on the fats and proteins. The reason for this is that fats are a source of long-term energy (whereas carbohydrates provide less energy per quantity, in comparison). Fats are provided by the coconut, avocado, seeds, and nuts. The nuts and seeds in this smoothie provide a variety of proteins (as well as fats), which are important for muscle function and brain function. We use berries (instead of any other kind of fruit), because berries have very low sugar content per quantity, and boast a high fiber content. Berries are also a rich source of antioxidants. Lastly, we use lemon to add the fresh burst of Vitamin C and other electrolyte minerals.
How Much: this is always a tricky question, but this recipe is one serving. If I am eating this for a meal, I can definitely eat one whole serving and feel great. I am also a fairly small (short) person, so for anyone weighing in at over 165 lb - approximately - you may want to either double the recipe, or have something additional on the side, like a bowl of oatmeal or muesli, or a couple of eggs or tofu scrambled with veggies.