Sunny Smoothie Bowl


For those of you who wish you could have an expensive juicer to include more veggies in your day, consider your blender.  Usually blenders are used to make smoothies of fruit with the traditional spinach or kale in it, but did you know you can make smoothies with veggies we usually juice with, like carrots, lettuce, celery, and cucumber?   What can be easily juiced can most likely be easily blended.  An advantage of drinking smoothies over juicing is that you're getting the whole vegetable instead of removing the fiber like a juicer does.   I still love a good cold-pressed juice now and then, but if you don't have a juicer or just want to mix it up, blending your fruits and veggies into smoothies is still a quick and easy way to get more - including more variety - into your day.  This recipe is an example of that:  Sunny Smoothie Bowl.

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Very Berry Smoothie Bowl

Does looking at this smoothie bowl in the cold mid-winter make you shiver? I get it. I'm all about seasonal foods, and diving into bowls of soup this time of year is a favorite pastime. And yet, I guess we did have ice cream ("nice" cream) last night. And I had a smoothie bowl like this just this morning. The kids each had one after school. The fact is, even on the coldest week yet this winter (which this has been for us) we still can have a desire to reach for summery cold treats -especially the kids, who don't seem to have any desire to take a break from such fun frozen foods. Plus, by now we really miss having fresh berries. So, yay for frozen berries! Yay for freezers! Yay for how satisfying cold sweet treats can be, even in winter! Yay for quick meals like this! Simple and packed with flavor and nutrition. A smoothie bowl for breakfast isn't quite as dramatic as taking an early-morning Polar Bear Plunge; it's just a refreshing, delicious way to start a winter day, once in awhile.

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