Monday, November 16, 2015

Smoothie Bowl

I am late to jump on the smoothie bowl bandwagon but I am sure glad I did. These are great variations on smoothies for people looking for something a bit more filling and also for those prefer to eat something. I know a few people ( my sister and Anto included) who don't like smoothies because they prefer to eat their meals rather than drink them. Well voila- problem solved. I ate this bowl at 7:30am and it is now after 11am and I am not hungry yet. That is a good sign.

I had a great trip to Boston with the fam and of course ate a ton of delicious food. Note, if you are ever in the Boston area, you MUST try the cannoli from Mike's Pastry. They are amazing. I also recommend going to Neptune Oyster Bar, there is always a wait but it is well worth it. Also they text you when your table is ready so you can go enjoy the Boston Public Market (amazing!!) and some outdoor swinging benches while you wait. That is what we did and it was beautiful. The sun was shining and it was a lovely day. There are also so many nice little shops in the north end that you can explore.  We also went (twice) to my favourite cafe in Somerville- 3 little figs once for breakfast and once for coffee! We also had some great meals at home, including BBQ steak (yummm) and a delicious Ottolenghi chicken and rice dish that my mom made. Don't worry we also ate a ton of salad and veggies. I managed to go to the gym with Claire a total of once.. but on the bright side, my foot is feeling better and I can now walk places again. I am looking forward to getting back into more regular workouts and hopefully soccer.

While traveling we ate at a few good places. En route we ate at Tip Top Cafe in White River Junction - with a family friend- we all shared french fries that were just to die for. On the way home we stopped at Lou's Diner (my dad's fave) in Hanover and Snowdon Deli in MTL. Wow, when I see it written out, it seems like SO MUCH food. This was over the course of 5 days. Needless to say, it is time for some healthy and light food.

On a non-food related note, check out the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. There is currently a great exhibit on Dutch painters in the time of Rembrandt and Vermeer. I also love some of the contemporary art they have there and their bookstore is great. Of course their restaurant is also delish..

Okay so back to the smoothie bowls. I got the recipe from a wonderful cookbook that Stu gave me called Salad Samurai. It has mostly recipes for big main course filling salads but also has a few breakfast recipes. I modified it a bit to make it a bit thinner as my nutri bullet was having trouble with so little liquid.

- 1 frozen banana
- 1 cup frozen fruit ( I used mangos, strawberries, peaches)
- 1/2 cup almond milk
-  1/3 cup granola (I used Trader Joe's pumpkin Granola but any kind is great)
- fruit for topping (optional)

Blend together in blender or Nutribullet. Top with granola and fruit. Enjoy!!

Note this recipe could easily be modified, using any smoothie recipe and combination of fruits or veggies. Next time I will add in some spinach or kale.

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