Going Bananas for banana smoothie bowls

Going Bananas for banana smoothie bowls

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Luna Voda (Health&Life Coach and Dance-Fitness Instructor)

I love eating smoothie bowls because first of all they are SO TASTY and second – they are packed with nutrients and easy on the digestion. When you include bananas, they give your smoothie a thick consistency, flavour and, if you are looking for more satiety, caloric density.

The unique mix of vitamins, minerals, and low glycemic carbohydrates in bananas make those meals a raw plant-powered fuel before or after your workouts!

Here are some quick suggestions, I hope you enjoy them too!

1Featured imageBase: Blend three-four cups of spinach, handful of chard, 2-3 frozen (ripe!) bananas and  a cup of blueberries. Toppings: Goji berries and Unsweetened Coconut flakes.

Featured imageBase: This consists of only frozen bananas, two small zucchini and a teaspoon of Spirulina powder.

Spirulina is a blue-green algae rich in vitamins, minerals and also protein!

SpirulinaBenefitsMore (optional) superfoods toppings: Maca Powder, Chia seeds, Goji berries

Featured imageBase: 2-3 frozen…

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Farmers Market Fruit Haul – How to Buy Cheaper

Farmers Market Fruit Haul – How to Buy Cheaper

Fruit haul at the Farmers Market, minus the cranberry juice, for only $24!

Always ask for ripe or bruised fruit, you get huge discounts!

All #‎organic‬ and ‪#‎rawvegan‬ :))

And you don’t need to be neither of those to consume more fruit in your diet!:)

My bigger suggestion how to get cheaper produce is to FAMILIARIZE yourself with the prices in all stores near you and to know when they offer sales. Big stores like Whole Foods, QFC and Safeway often discount most of their produce in late evening because they want to sell it before it goes, what manufacturers consider to be, ‘bad,’ even though it still in a great quality. It is even more affordable to get your greens at those places because you can often buy bigger quantity in half price there.

Another option, unavailable for me because I don’t drive, is to buy in bulk from stores like Grocery Outlet or from Chinese markets.

And, of course, last but not least is the good old student-friendly fella Trader Joe, where I shop most frequently.:) When fruit is not in season, for example, I buy it frozen as it gets much cheaper than fresh one (like berries, mango, pineapple, etc…)

 

Let me know in the comments if there are more tricks how to buy cheaper in your area:)

The ‘Universe’ on a plate

The ‘Universe’ on a plate

I love making my food look beautiful because I am a firm believer that the colors in food represent different chakras in our bodies so the more vibrant your food is the more vibrant your health is going to be!

It only takes me 10-15min to prepare bowls like this, I hope you are tempted to try this.

To make this one showed in the picture, simply blend bunch frozen (or fresh) kale, one medium cucumber, two small zucchini, a cup of frozen green peas and a bunch of strawberries. When is blended, top it with a tablespoon of raw coconut flour, tons of blueberries and a teaspoon of acai and carob powders.

Here are two other quick-fix recipes:

You need a cup of coconut water, dash of soy milk (optional), basil, chia seeds (a tablespoon), mixed berries, kale&spinach blend (or any greens you have; the more of them the better for your digestion – and, no, you don’t taste them:)) and one small cucumber. You can also add fresh squeezed lime juice and some basil. Blend!:)

Another super easy to make vegan protein shake on the go,  and better than most processed protein bars: a cup of frozen green peas, coconut milk, small pear, blueberries, a tablespoon of hemp seeds and a dash of wheat grass powder for the ‘greens’ kick.

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Hope you enjoy those recipes!

 

Ultimate nutrition in one single meal!

Ultimate nutrition in one single meal!

Blend kale, half of cup of frozen mango, two cups of frozen peas (for plant-based protein) – and top with cucumber slices (for rehydration), cacao nibs (superfood for athletes/hikers providing long-lasting energy and essential micronutrients like Iron and Magnesium) , a tea spoon of hemp,chia (or flax) seeds (for your daily omegas intake), one brazil nut (for daily Selenium) and few prunes (for gastrointestinal health and fiber) 🙂

For sweetener I use stevia, an awesome sugar-free alternative 🙂

This is a great meal for a post or pre–workout refuel, as it has the perfect ratio of carbohydrates, fiber, essential fatty acids, vitamins, minerals and protein. 🙂

I usually eat it for dinner as I don’t get to eat very much during the day and smoothie bowls are very easy way to get your daily values in; plus, it looks pretty!:))

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