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Kale, Banana and Almond Butter Smoothie Bowl

Sharon Muse

The weather here in Atlanta has been increasing getting warmer and warmer, we even reached the 90s last week! As the weather gets nicer and the temperature starts to rise, we start to crave cooler foods so we turn to the good ole smoothie bowl as our go-to breakfast or lunch! Of course it's easy to stop by your local juice bar to pick one up, but there are so many perks to making it yourself. We like to make our own because we can control exactly what goes into it. These little delightful bowls can turn into a sugar bomb if you aren't careful. Many times the base of smoothies bowls consist of ingredients with additional sugar, ie sweetened açaí or pitaya, sweetened yogurt, apple juice and then always a ton of granola or the top.  Yes, we know they taste delicious but you certainly do not need that many grams of sugar in one sitting! Smoothie bowls are really easy to make and when you make them at home they become totally customizable with the ingredients of your choosing. Don't worry, you can sneak all sorts of other goodies in there and feel like you are having a treat.

We made this one with coconut yogurt as we don't eat a ton of dairy but you can really use any kind of yogurt. We do suggest using a plain or unsweetened flavor as the others contain that extra sugar that you don't need since the banana and honey are sweet enough as it is. Next, we used kale to bump up the nutrition and of course, you know we want to eat healthy fats at every meal so we added some all natural almond butter. We used a half of a frozen banana to add creaminess and as a natural sweetener. That and a handful of ice is really all you need to make this nutritious and delicious smoothie bowl. But don't be afraid to make it your own; you can add protein powder for the perfect post work out meal or any of your favorite fruits on top.

serves 1

Ingredients:

1 cup plain coconut yogurt (or any yogurt you like)

1 T Almond Butter

1/2 of frozen banana

handful of kale

handful of ice

Toppings (optional): 

Cacao nibs -we used Navitas

Granola - One Degree Organic Sprouted Oats

Blueberries - wild if you can find them

Honey

Instructions:

1.) Put all the ingredients (except the toppings) in a blender and process until smooth.

2.) Pour into a bowl and top however you like and enjoy!!