When Andrew and I were in Paris last March, it seemed every component of every meal was prepared with the intention of not only tasting delicious, but to feast the eyes. Marketing and design companies have similarly clued into this: from the most decadent leather encased champagne bottles complete with a bronzed sabor to commercials idealizing Boston Cream Pie flavored yogurt.. We not only experience foods with our mouths, but we see it, hear it, smell and touch it. Appearance is usually the first attribute of food we notice, giving us clues to the other sensory aspects and it seems the most critical deciding factor in what we decide to make lunch. I am under the firm impression that a well presented meal has the potential to leave us feeling more satisfied. In cultures across the world and through time, food has represents more than a primal energy deriving experience, but the opportunity for togetherness, celebration, success and pride. It seems that in todays world, where we are constantly rushing from here to there, we hide our coffees in covered cups, our lunches in tinfoil and neglect the satisfying and ever important experience of sitting down to enjoy and savor the luxury and wonder found in the components of a meal.
All of this being said, I have a new found love for bananas. In the valiant attempt to emphasize their creamy sweetness and thick texture, I made myself an almost milkshake like smoothie bowl for breakfast, packed with protein, potassium, fiber and vitamin C. And despite the piles of work I have to get through, I took a moment to relax, breath in the new day and experience the joy of a good meal.
Banana, Cinnamon & Vanilla Protein Bowl [serves 1]
1.5 large bananas, frozen
.25 teaspoons cinnamon
1 cup homemade almond milk
.5 oz / .5 scoop plant based vanilla protein powder
There isn’t much to do for this recipe, but blend and enjoy! Place all of the ingredients in a high speed blender. I use a VitaMix because it is so thorough at blending, but any blender will do. Blend for about 45 seconds, or until desired consistency is reached. This smoothie is very thick so pour it into your favorite bowl and serve with a spoon.
Nutritional Information (per serving, 1 smoothie)
246 calories, 4g Fat, 47g Carbohydrate, 9g Protein
[1103 mg Potassium & 8g Fiber]
**For this smoothie I used Vega One all-in-one nutritional shake powder in french vanilla. I usually tend to shy away from “flavors” as I find they often taste incredibly artificial but I’ve found this one is subtle enough that you get the delicious vanilla without any after taste or undesirable texture. I’ve recently become a huge fan of Vega’s products, they’re vegan, plant based, and have no added sugars or chemicals.