I’m Your Wild Girl! White Chocolate Ch-Ch-Ch-Cherry Bomb Smoothie Bowl [Local Product Feature, Part 2]

This past summer I had the opportunity to sample some lovely locally-produced plant mylk. I loved playing and making new recipes with it.

[You can find one of those recipes here. [Local Product Feature, Part 1]

Hippie Mylk, which you can find at Ottawa farmers’ markets and now in select health food stores, most definitely also passes the smoothie test! It’s creamy, naturally just a little sweet, and high in protein and healthy fats (you know I’m all about those #healthyfatsftw).

IMG_20180822_155222_171Something I’ve noticed with a handful of clients is that while they love the idea of smoothies, they don’t always feel satisfied having “just” that. This poses a problem, as a lot of the time, smoothies are actually really well-loaded with good stuff, and are indeed meal-sized in terms of calories and macros.

So what’s going on?

Our bodies like to chew!

Chewing helps rev the digestive engines – i.e. enzymes, which are released into your spit to start breaking down carbs in particular. A pretty common thread with a lot of smoothies is fruit, which are high in naturally-occurring starches, fiber, and sugar.

If you’re prone to getting gassy after having a morning smoothie, check in with your ingredients. This next bit’s for you.

Try holding your mouthful of smoothie in your mouth for 15-30 seconds before swallowing it. If your smoothie happens to have little pulpy bits, like apple skin, chia seeds, cacao nibs, maybe a chunk of date or mango here and there – definitely try this, and even try chewing it. You may find taking smaller mouthfuls helps with this.

Avoid just guzzling it all down as quickly as possible. We invented travel mugs and iced drink tumblers for a reason! (I’ve coveted the really big, venti/trenta size iced tea travel cups at SBux, which look big enough to hold even massive smoothies.)

Another solution to encourage slowing down and chewing your smoothie is to turn it into a smoothie bowl!

The trick with a smoothie bowl is in how much liquid you add to it to balance how much stuff you want to put both in and on it. I tend to like a 1:1 ratio of “solid” smoothie ingredients to liquid, erring on the side of a bit more of the solids, by which I mean the fruit, nut butters, seeds, greens, etc.

If the smoothie seems too thin for my liking to serve as a bowl, I’ll add 1/4 to 1/2 cup more frozen fruit or a teaspoon of flax or chia to help thicken it up to taste. Adding flax or chia post-blending is helpful too, especially if the bowl is left to stand for a bit.

Smoothie bowls also don’t have to be overly complicated and don’t need 70 ingredients to be impressive! I loved using Hippie Mylk to make this simple but so satisfying White Chocolate Cherry Bomb Smoothie Bowl – so much so that I even added the recipe to the 3rd edition of my holiday recipe ebook!

[Get the ebook here for 40% off through Giving Tuesday November 27]

You can get a peek at this chill brunch-ready recipe right here. Then just try to get “Cherry Bomb” by The Runaways out of your head after making it.

20180823_211933Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup cacao butter
  • ¾ cup frozen organic sweet cherries
  • 1 cup original plant milk of choice (I used local-made Hippie Mylk; Ripple would also work well)
  • 2 Tbsp. smooth almond butter
  • 1-2 tsp. maple syrup to taste, optional
  • Pinch sea salt, optional

Melt the cacao butter slowly using a double boiler (or melt in a pan on the stove), about 10 minutes.
In a blender or food processor, combine the remaining ingredients, then add the melted cacao butter. Blend immediately before the cacao butter re-solidifies. (If your blender has a removable cap in the lid, start blending the ingredients and slowly pour the melted cacao butter in while it’s running.)
Pour the blended mixture into a serving bowl.
Sprinkle on toppings, such as goji berries, dried cranberries, fresh halved cherries, dried coconut, cacao nibs, slivered almonds, hazelnuts, etc.
Tips: Smoothie bowls are best served thick! Adjust the amount of liquid as needed. To serve multiple guests, double or triple the recipe. Make the smoothie base ahead of time, storing single servings upright in small Pyrex containers. Allow your guests to add their own toppings (a la sundae bar).
Makes 1 large or 2 small servings. Prep time: about 15 minutes.

The LPFL Plant-Based Holiday Solutions 3rd edition ebook is available now through December 17 2018. $5 per sale goes to the Ottawa Food Bank! 40% off through Giving Tuesday November 27 2018.

LoveBites: Smoothie Bowls are Warrior Fuel

When the lovely people at Raw Elements generously send you a big ol tub of berry Warrior Blend and ask you to give it a try, you make a glorious super berry smoothie bowl!! 😍💜 Continue reading “LoveBites: Smoothie Bowls are Warrior Fuel”

[Recipe Post] Cafe-Style Summer Drinks, without the Cafe Lines and Name Typos

With the warmer weather comes patio season, and that often intertwines with frosty cafe beverages with or without caffeine. While I am no stranger to these cafe offerings (especially on a lovely day out or a little walk amongst the shops), it does get pricey to buy one each time. Not to mention the amount of wasteful packaging that might accumulate in your bins, if you’re like us and try to remember to bring a tumbler but don’t always manage (it’s a work in progress).

My classic ice-cold bev tip for when you want that cafe taste but not the expense or the trash OR the questionable additives:

Continue reading “[Recipe Post] Cafe-Style Summer Drinks, without the Cafe Lines and Name Typos”

LoveBites: Drinking Yo Calories

March is National Nutrition Month! I have a ton of stuff planned for you over the next 4 weeks…

First up: you may have heard “don’t drink your calories”. And for the most part, it’s true – we consume far too many calories from a variety of beverages throughout the day.

But consider what those calories actually consist of.

If we’re having coffee or tea with sugar (and a lot of us are also getting them with flavour syrups, whip, and toppings…), processed juice (or “fruit/juice drink”) and “smoothies” that are made of more sorbet/ice cream and sugar than they are real fruit & veg, pop, beer, wine, mead, Klingon bloodwine… then we’re just adding calories and a shit-ton of sugar and additives with little benefit to show for it (besides tasting good).

That said, there are 2 sides to this. Choosing fresh-prepared, cold-pressed juice or smoothies made with high-quality, nutrient dense produce can be a great way to getting a lot of nutrients and antioxidants into your system quickly.

It’s a balancing act… namely, a macronutrient-balancing act.

Do you need to watch what you drink?

Photo credit @wellnessstockshop

Coffee: To Drink or Not To Drink?

You either love, love, LOVE it (I do!), tolerate it as a means to get through the day, or flat-out hate it. You know if you actually like the taste, or if it’s just a thinly-veiled excuse/vehicle to deliver mounds of sugar and cream to your bloodstream. You know how it makes you feel (i.e. your digestion, your appetite, your mental acuity, etc.).

But then you have all the crazy headlines sending you mixed signals, with some that say coffee is great, and the next day that you should avoid it!

And even more confusing, some people can manage to consume coffee on the regular with seeming ease, citing that it’s their super-power elixir that carries them effortlessly through errands, workouts, homework, and more; while there are others who experience a plethora of not-so-super symptoms ranging from jitters, restlessness, anxiety, digestive distress, and counter-intuitive energy lows and sleepiness after one cup.

There is actual science behind why different people react differently to it. It’s a matter of your genetics and how much coffee you’re used to drinking. Continue reading “Coffee: To Drink or Not To Drink?”

Finding Self-Care in Food Trends

I’m like you. I scroll through my Instagram feed, double-tapping lovely photos and those with lovely captions, inspired by all the pretty things and places, words and FOOD. With so many people sharing snapshots of their day-to-day lives and the lives to which they aspire, disseminated virtually everywhere in seconds, social trends crop up and spread unbelievably fast.

I’ve been there, through smoothie bowls and Buddha bowls, avotoast and sweet potato toast, nice cream and zoodles, and now – rainbow unicorn everything. Continue reading “Finding Self-Care in Food Trends”