I decided this morning that I needed a really good workout to start the week and act as a reset button for the weekend. So, I headed to my local park and did my regular workout routine. I love it because it combines cardio with toning, and really has your heart rate up for the entire workout. It is definitely a challenge and feels like an accomplishment when you finish. If you have about 45 minutes to workout I recommend this routine because it scorches calories and has your metabolism revved up for the whole day.
Post workout I needed a protein rich recovery breakfast. So, I decided to make one of my favourite breakfasts: a smoothie bowl. I am calling this smoothie bowl the Green Goddess Smoothie Bowl because I added baby kale to give it extra vitamins and also some aloe vera gel for added antioxidants. You can get aloe vera gel at any health food store.
I started with the base of the smoothie bowl. Last night I made some chia pudding. I mixed 2 tablespoons of chia seeds, 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk, and a scoop of designer whey vanilla protein. I put that in the fridge to thicken up, and in the morning I decided to use it in my smoothie bowl. Along with that I added 1 frozen banana, 1/2 cup of Greek yogurt, a few ice cubes, a handful of baby kale, and a tablespoon of aloe vera gel.
I threw it all in the blender and let it rip! I l blended it for about a minute on the high setting. I know it’s done when the frozen pieces of banana and ice are all broken up. Once it’s smooth, I poured it into a bowl and start adding my toppings.
A general rule I like to use for smoothie bowl toppings is to have some type of fruit and something crunchy. So, I added mango, blueberries, and goji berries for the fruit. I added vanilla almond granola and toasted almonds for the crunchy aspect. To add a tropical flare I threw in some unsweetened coconut flakes. This combination turned out to be really good! The mango is juicy and creamy and the granola and almonds add a nice crunchy texture.
Green Goddess Smoothie Bowl
What you need for this Recipe:
1 cup of unsweetened almond milk
2 tablespoons of chia seeds
1 scoop of protein powder
1 frozen banana
1/2 cup of Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon of aloe vera gel
A few ice cubes
How to Make this Recipe:
Place all ingredients for the smoothie in a blender and blend on high speed until smooth.
Pour smoothie into a bowl and add desired toppings.
Grab a spoon and enjoy!