Erika's Smoothie Bowl Heaven

Wow, I can’t believe it’s been a few weeks since my last post! I keep telling myself that I will get to it but it seems it never happens. I know this is a bit of an excuse, but when my little man takes a nap (which he’s down to one a day) I have to take care of my house with cleaning, laundry, and other things. Hmm like eating! That seems to be one of the best times for me to be creative with food and get a meal in. Otherwise, watch out! Hudson is on the loose!

This weekend we are doing a family dinner and I was put in charge of making dessert! There are so many great recipes out there and ones I have stored up. Be on the look out to what I’m making on my Instagram. And if you like it I will be writing the recipe for you all. Every morning I have been making some kind of smoothie bowl. Whether it’s a banana nice cream, berry or green smoothie version. I need to branch out and make some other delicious variations instead of playing it safe with the same. I’ll work on that. Here are a few bowls that I’ve made this past week, I hope you get inspired! Get a coconut bowl just like mine here.

Feed your body with whole foods! Glow and nourish.

xoxo

 

 

Maqui Berry Smoothie Bowl

I have been loving this cooler weather here in upstate NY! Sweater weather is my favorite because you get to dress cozy and during this time is when I eat warmer foods. Well, I don't know what has been happening with my taste buds lately but, all I want are smoothie bowls for breakfast. Yeah! I must be crazy eating these things in the morning. I am usually freezing after eating one! haha. I just can't help myself! They are so yummy, healthy, and easy to make. I will be sharing a few more over the next few days so check back in every once in a while.

I was recently approached by OMG Superfoods to test some of their products and create a recipe. I was extremely flattered because I love working with health food companies and finding new superfoods. When I came across the maqui berry powder I immediately wanted to make a smoothie bowl and see what this maqui berry was all about. I must say that I absolutely love this superfood! It's filled with antioxidants even more than acai. The rich berry flavor it gives the smoothie bowl is simply incredible. 

Maqui Berry Smoothie Bowl

Ingredients

  • 1 cup coconut water 
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 cup frozen mixed berries
  • 1 tbs maqui berry power
  • Toppings: sliced bananas,strawberries, and blueberries

Directions

  1. Place everything into Vitamix or high-speed blender and blend until thick and smooth.
  2. Put into a bowl and add toppings (you can use whatever you'd like).
  3. Enjoy!

 

Do You Want To Eat Healthy But Can't Cook?

I know it may seem like a lot of work to cook after a long day and I totally agree. It’s just another thing on the to-do list. But, if you are trying to change your lifestyle then we better get you in that kitchen! I have a no-brainer way to make healthy meals that only uses four key ingredients.

These bowls take about 15 minutes to make! What!? Simple as that!

I don’t think it gets any better than that. And the added bonus to making these bowls is, they are budget friendly! You can make these bowls every day and it’ll keep you filled with the right nutrients.

This is what I do when I want to make dinner fast and healthy.

This requires almost no work! 

What’s required to make these bowls?

Greens!! We all know how important it is to have leafy greens in every meal. They are one of the main ways to keep your weight down since they are low in calories. Leafy greens are full of vitamins, minerals, and disease-fighting agents! And they are extremely important for keeping your skin clear because they contain a lot of water to keep you hydrated.

Grains like quinoa are a  complete protein that have all the essential amino acids and the much-needed carbs for recovery. Grains are filled with fiber to keep you from feeling overly hungry.  

Beans or legumes for the added protein to build lean muscles. Beans also have antioxidants, fiber, and iron which are extremely important when you are eating a plant-based diet. 

A whole food which is anything you would like. My favorite whole foods are bell peppers, sweet potatoes, and avocados. They are great for the extra veggies, carbs, and healthy fats to keep you well nourished.

Power Up Bowls

This recipe makes about 2-3 servings (depending how hungry you are).

Ingredients

1 handful of kale or spinach

1 cup of quinoa, uncooked

1 can of chickpeas, rinsed and drained

1 bell pepper, chopped

*You will have left-over quinoa and chickpeas so save it and make another bowl with what you have left.

Avocado Cilantro Dressing

1/2 avocado

3 tbs cilantro 

4 tbs olive oil

1/2 cup water

1 jalapeno

1 lime, squeezed

salt & pepper to taste 

*optional 1/2 tsp garlic powder

Directions

  1. Cook quinoa with 2 cups of water and put on low heat. Once finished fluff it up with a fork. Set aside.
  2. In a bowl, add the kale or spinach, 1/2 cup of cooked quinoa, half of the chickpeas ( you can add a lot or a little) and the bell pepper.
  3. Now it’s time to make a dressing, just add all ingredients into a blender
  4. Enjoy!

Here are a few other dressings that will go well with these bowls:

Minimalist Baker- 5 Minute Vegan Cesar Dressing & Orange Lime Dressing

She Likes Food- Lemon Tahini Dressing

Win-Win Food- Orange and Tahini Dressing

Can’t cook? No Problem! I think we just figured out a perfect way to make a delicious meal in no time. Why wouldn’t you try this? It’s so simple and easy on the pocket. Win Win! If you want other dressing recipes that I use feel free to comment below or message me.