Earth Day Smoothie Bowl

S: What’s blue and green with algae in between? Well the earth and the ocean… and our latest smoothie! In honor of Earth Day, we decided to take the best of what our planet gives us by making a beautiful smoothie bowl that makes the world and your body feel better.

I’ll be honest by saying that smoothies have never really been my thing. I’m not here to hate on smoothies so don’t hate on me, but I’ve always been more satisfied my chewing a nice juicy steak than slurping a bowl of fruit. Smoothies can be a healthy addition to someone’s diet, but a typical smoothie made with a whole lot of fruit, artificial flavors, and loaded dairy is a recipe that too often becomes a giant sugar bomb lacking in adequate protein and fats. But then enter in: the green smoothie. The introduction of adding in leafy greens like spinach and kale led the revolution in turning smoothies into colorful canvases of vitamin-rich and nutrient-dense ingredients.

Now the sky— and smoothies— are the limits! Combos of vegetables, like cauliflower, zucchini and butternut squash, and healthy fats like avocado, coconuts, and nuts with clean sources of protein like collagen peptides (we love Vital Proteins), make a powerhouse smoothie that’s lower in sugar and keeps you satiated for much longer than just fruit alone. If you don’t have the time to make your own nut milk at home, Three Trees make some of the best almond milk with only two ingredients— water and almonds. It doesn’t get much more pure than that!

And the fun doesn’t stop there! Matcha, ginger, turmeric, maca, ashwagandha, and a host of other superfoods are great additions to smoothies for additional immune system, digestion and anti-inflammatory benefits. The highlight of our smoothie was spirulina, a blue-green algae that gives this smoothie it’s color and, as some studies suggest, heightened nutrition profile.

And last but not least, the toppings! Ranging anywhere from chia seeds, coconut flakes, berries, nut butter, think sundae bar but smoothie edition.We love supporting our local nutrition-driven companies and Primal Island’s Grain Free Granola from Whidbey Island is a company close to home with delicious and nutritious granola.

Beyond recycling and planting trees, what we eat, where it’s sourced, and how it gets to our plates is a huge way to advocate for a healthier food policies, products, and planet. So grab some great ingredients, turn your blender on, and sip on this superfood smoothie while you read on about more ways to eat environmentally friendly. Happy Earth day!

Tips & Ideas to Eat More Environmentally Friendly:

  • Eating foods that are in season
  • Purchase locally grown produce (hello farmer’s market!)
  • Reduce consumption of meat and dairy
  • When eating dairy and meat, purchase products that are organic, hormone, and antibiotic-free
  • Support restaurants that purchase their ingredients and products from local sources/farms
  • Buy organic for your Dirty Dozen produce
  • Check websites like Eatwild, Local Harvest, and Environmental Working Group for resources on finding local producers and farmers and sustainable produce information

 

Recipe: Blueberry Cauliflower & Kale Smoothie with Spirulina and Pistachios

Serves: 1 person

Ingredients: 
s m o o t h i e
2 cups blueberries
1 cup Three Trees almond milk (or any non-dairy milk)
1 scoop Vital Proteins collagen peptides
1/2 medium avocado
2/3 cup cauliflower (steamed and frozen)
1 cups loosely packed kale
1 scoop (tsp) spirulina + 1 scoop (tsp) spirulina
1 tsp vanilla powder
1 cup plain Forager’s Cashewgurt (or any non-dairy yogurt)

t o p p i n g s
1 tsp hemp seeds
1 tsp flaxseed
1 1/2 tsp cacao nibs
1 Tbsp pistachios
1/2 cup Primal Island toasted coconut granola
blueberries garnish

Directions:
s m o o t h i e
1. Add almond milk, cauliflower, avocado, collagen peptides, vanilla, 1 tsp spirulina, kale, and 1 cup of blueberries to blender. In order of importance, you want to add the liquid and superfoods at the base, with leafy greens in the middle, and frozen fruit on the top for a creamy smoothie and not a lumpy mess.
2. Blend until smooth throughout. Color will be a dark green.
3. In a small bowl, reserve about 1/4 cup of dark green smoothie. Set aside.
4. Add 1 cup of blueberries to remaining smoothie. Blend until smooth. Color will be a blue purple. Set aside.
5. In a separate small bowl, mix Cashewgurt with 1 tsp of spirulina until light green color is consistent throughout. Set aside.

p u t t i n g   t o g e t h e r
1. Pour blue purple smoothie base into medium size bowl.
2. With a small spoon, drop small dollops of the reserved dark green smoothie and light green yogurt mixture on top of smoothie base. Using a fork, knife or even chopstick, make a whirlpool swirl clockwise starting from the circle to make design on top of smoothie.
3. Topping time! Sprinkle on hemp seeds, flaxseeds, cacao nibs, pistachios, Primal Island granola and last but not least, the blueberries!

Tips:
To make it creamier, add more avocado or cauliflower or less liquid.
To make it less sweet, use 1.5 cups of blueberries.
Feel free to use any protein powder in place of Vital Proteins.

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