I’ve written before about nice cream bowls, and essentially, they’re essentially a non-dairy recipe with the texture of ice cream but without the heavy load of sugar and lactose. There are plenty of dessert varieties, but I really enjoy making a breakfast-friendly version that supplies a healthy balance of protein and fiber and packs in lots of veggies. Honestly, in the summer or on a really busy day I’ve even have this for dinner.
This smoothie gets a boost from beetroot powder. I’m a big fan of beets because they’re an anti-inflammatory powerhouse. They contain betalain (which gives beets that beautiful red color), and other powerful compounds that have been shown to reduce inflammation and benefit exercise performance and recovery. It also contains frozen wild blueberries, another antioxidant powerhouse. What’s cool is that, because cooking lowers the antioxidant levels slightly, when you consume the berries frozen, you’re getting all that antioxidant goodness since the berries are flash-frozen at peak freshness. Frozen cauliflower also adds creaminess to this recipe without any funky cauliflower taste—promise! You can read more about that here.
I know the smoothie-in-a-bowl thing is not everyone’s thing, and that’s totally cool, but I happen to love it. Mentally, I just don’t feel as satisfied when I try to sip a meal from a cup. Something about that motion of lifting a spoon to my mouth helps my brain and body stay in tough with each other about, like, “Yep, we’re eating. This is satisfying.” As a tween and teen, I liked experimenting with making smoothies and would try to get the texture really thick like a Wendy’s Frosty. I’d often top them with whipped cream and eat them with a spoon, so when smoothie bowls became a thing 10 or so years later, I was, like, “Yep, for years I was just weird and now I can joke about being a trendsetter.”
Anyway, I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I have been!
Anti-Inflammatory Red Velvet Nice Cream Smoothie Bowl
- 8-12 oz water
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 scoops pea protein powder
- 1 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1 tbsp beet root powder
- 1 cup frozen cauliflower
- 1 cup frozen spinach (or 2 cups fresh)
- 1/4 cup frozen wild blueberries
- 1/2 a frozen banana
- Optional toppings: 1/2 tablespoon chia seeds, 1/2 teaspoon of cacao nibs, drizzle of nut or seed butter, and/or other desired garnishes
- Layer ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth. Serve immediately.
- If desired, top with chia seeds, cacao nibs, and your favorite nut or seed butter.
- Note: smoothie will be very thick. If you prefer it to be thin enough to slurp down, simply add more water.
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