Healthy Vanilla Almond Smoothie Bowl

Hi friends,

I go to the local juice bar year round, but I find myself there even more in the summer when a fresh smoothie or bowl seems like a perfect lunch. The two disadvantages of getting your smoothie fix at the cafe are price (usually $10 and up) and nutrition info. Even when the ingredients are healthy, these bowls can range from 500-800 calories, which can be a lot for a light lunch.

Did you know that you can make your own delicious smoothie bowl for a fraction of the cost and calories at home? It only takes a few minutes and a high speed blender to whip this recipe up. The great part is that it’s super customizable – you can add extra fruit and toppings and switch up the flavors.

Here’s my favorite basic recipe – I hope you enjoy it.

Ingredients:

1 banana, sliced and frozen

1/4 cup almond milk or skim milk

1/2 tablespoon almond butter

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg or cinnamon (optional)

1 tsp chia seeds

1/2 cup berries (blackberries and strawberries are my favorite

1/4 -1/2 cup of your favorite granola

Instructions:

In a high-speed blender, combine the frozen banana, milk, almond butter and chia seeds and blend until smooth. Pour the smoothie into a bowl and top with sliced bananas, berries, granola and any extra toppings you’d like.

Total estimated calories: 250-350 depending on toppings, type/amount of granola, etc.

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