When breakfast sounds and tastes like dessert, this Cookie Dough Smoothie Bowl it worth waking up for.
Cookie dough for breakfast.
Yup, you heard that correctly. I love making cookie dough desserts with chickpeas. I had some leftover chickpeas in my refrigerator, but not enough to make one of my signature desserts, cookie dough bites.
I never thought I would be adding pulses to breakfast, but this fun creation adds a fun flair to breakfast, plus packs in extra fiber and protein. Remember cookie crisps? I feel like this is the adult version. Make a larger batch and enjoy these mini cookie dough bites when craving a sweet treat.
With the extra addition of these little cookie dough bites, keeping the smoothie bowl simplistic is key. Just banana, almond butter, milk, and vanilla protein powder. The protein powder creates a fluffy texture to the smoothie bowl and adds satiety to feel full throughout the morning.
For the cookie dough bites: In a small bowl, combine chickpeas, maple syrup, and 1 teaspoon almond butter. Mash to combine. Fold in mini chocolate chips. Roll into small balls. Refrigerate for at least 15 minutes, or overnight.
For the smoothie: In a blender, combine banana, 1 tablespoon almond butter, vanilla protein powder, and milk. Blend to combine.
For a thinner consistency, add water. For a thicker consistency, add ice.
Pour smoothie into a bowl and top with chickpea cookie dough bites.
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Start your morning with this Green Goddess Smoothie Bowl. I haven’t had the best luck lately. When I was bringing groceries into my apartment, my canvas bag strap broke and the eggs in my bag ended up all over the floor of my kitchen. Back to the store I went because I was shooting a video for my Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Muffins that day.
Then, you may have seen on Instagram that I ended up with 3 stitches on my finger this week. Thursday, I was at Living Plate getting ready for a cooking class and washing a mandolin and accidentally sliced my finger. I headed to urgent care while two interns continued to prep for the class. These dietetic interns just started working with me and with my little accident, they saved the day! I got stitched up, headed back and the class was ready to go. The interns were rock stars! The class was ready to go and the class was a success! So maybe it really wasn’t a bad luck week, more like a clumsy week. Yes, I may have had my kerfuffle moments, but one thing that was consistently great this week, was breakfast. This Green Goddess Smoothie Bowl was enjoyed all week. I’ve been on a total smoothie kick lately and have been making this exact combo daily. I really do enjoy the act of eating smoothie bowls with a spoon. It helps practice mindful eating and you get to enjoy it for so much longer.
After every storm is a rainbow because I am now sitting on Lake Champlain with my bff’s in Vermont for the weekend. Girls weekend! What is everyone doing this weekend?
Imagine the sweet indulgent taste of black forest cake, but a healthier version for breakfast. This Black Forest Smoothie Bowl will feel like an indulgent treat, but healthy for delicious and filling breakfast. Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post, however I did receive free samples of Kura. All opinions are my own and not influenced in any way.
I will be the first to admit, sometimes these pretty looking bowls end up in a tumbler cup as I am rushing out the door. It’s so important to take the time to sit down and enjoy a breakfast. I personally am trying to be more mindful of that myself. I know I’ve talked about this before, but enjoying a smoothie bowl vs. a smoothie drink (even with the same exact ingredients) can help practice mindful eating.
Making a smoothie bowl instead of an on-the-go drink can help practice mindful eating and encourage slower eating. It’s easy to suck down a smoothie in a few big gulps. By enjoying a smoothie bowl with a spoon it can help you slow down, be more aware of what you’re eating and pay attention to whether or not you are actually hungry.
I never used to be a fan of protein powders, because majority of them have a lot of weird sounding ingredients and additives in them and even have a weird after taste, but now there are more options out there from real food ingredients. I always promote real food first, but sometimes protein powders can be a great supplement to the meal. Key word = supplement. Protein powders alone shouldn’t replace a full meal. Take this smoothie bowl for example, it contains three food groups with a balanced mixture of carbs, fats, and proteins, coming from it’s wholesome ingredients – fruit, almond milk, yogurt, almond butter, and chia seeds. The protein powder is supplementing the meal to add that extra little boost of protein. I was intrigued about Kura with it’s grass-fed dairy protein and probiotic blend. Again, the protein powder is meant to supplement the meal with adding an additional 14g of New Zealand grass-fed dairy protein, which is proven to have higher levels of omega-3s than grain-fed dairy protein. (source)
Have fun with the toppings and add your favorite healthy options!
Indulge your tastebuds with this Chocolate Hazelnut Smoothie Bowl. It tastes like dessert, but also a nourishing breakfast! Swap the straw for a spoon! Smoothie bowls are becoming more and more popular these days. Pinterest is filled with beautiful smoothie bowl creations. My dietitian friends Liz & Janice over at Meal Makeover Moms even made a Smoothie Bowl Coloring Cookbook!
Making a smoothie bowl instead of an on-the-go drink can help practice mindful eating and encourage slower eating. It’s easy to suck down a smoothie in a few big gulps. By enjoying a smoothie bowl with a spoon it can help you slow down, be more aware of what you’re eating and pay attention to whether or not you are actually hungry. What’s fun about smoothie bowls are the fun toppings you can add. Opt for nutrition powerhouse toppings like fruit, nuts, & seeds. Rather than blending toppings into a smoothie, add them on top smoothie bowl and enjoy their crunch with a spoon rather than through a straw
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