In this ever-growing world of magic elixers, strolling down the health isle of Whole Foods rears more panic than filing taxes [also cue: kid in candy store]. With so many options on our shelves (which, I must admit, is a pretty amazing problem to have), all with the subtext promise of eternal life- as consumers, it’s crucial we educate ourselves on deciphering this new territory. It seems we’re at the beginning of the Golden Age of health food- juice bars, superfoods, yoga pants, and ethereally massaged kale more common place than ever before. Before jumping in and spending a good amount of your disposable income on a wheatgrass shot-let’s begin to decipher.
Today lets take one of my breakfast classics, my Banana Avocado ‘Ice Cream’ green smoothie bowl, and give it a superfood makeover. Starting with the same creamy, creamy ripe avocado and frozen banana base, a Big Foot sized handful of fresh spinach, and as much cinnamon as you can handle, consider adding spirulina- a glistening sea-green powder packed with high quality nutrition- for a raw and vegan Mermaid Bowl. Spirulina, a one-celled microscopic blue-green algae, contains a rich and complete supply of protein (60-70% by weight), iron, trace minerals, the B complex spectrum-including the coveted B12 for healthy cognitive and neurological function, and chlorophyll. Not the tastiest of foods (it has a slightly briny salt-water taste), start small, with half a teaspoon and work your way up to one or two teaspoons-you’re body will be forever thankful! I serve my transcendently green Mermaid Bowl topped with raw buckwheat or ginger granola, mixed berries, coconut flakes, and a piping hot mug of my beloved black coffee.
Mermaid Bowl [makes 1 smoothie bowl, 16 oz.]
1 large banana, peeled and frozen
¼ large avocado, pitted and peeled
1 cup fresh spinach
1 teaspoon spirulina powder
¼-½ teaspoon ground cinnamon (depending on taste preference)
½-3/4 cup filtered water, divided
Place all of the ingredients in a high speed blender starting with ½ cup water. While blending, gradually adding more until the bowl has a soft-serve creamy, creamy like consistency. Pour into your favorite bowl and sprinkle on your favorite toppings, enjoy!
Nutritional Information [per smoothie]
180 Calories, 33g Carbohydrates, 6g Fat, 3g Protein, 6g Fiber, 14.5g Sugar
1 tablespoon dried coconut flakes (+25 calories)
1 tablespoon chia seeds (+45 calories)
1 tablespoon hemp hearts (+60 calories)
½ ounce raw almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts (+90 calories)
1 medium banana, sliced (+100 calories)
1 cup mixed berries (+50 calories)