Smoothies in a bowl.
To begin with, I did wonder what was the point of spooning your smoothie from a bowl rather than drinking it from a glass, but then I got it. You can make it thicker and more indulgent (good) and then add in a load of colourful, beneficial ingredients.
Unlike many smoothie bowls, this one doesn't contain any nuts, seeds or dairy. No coffee, cocoa, chocolate or milk. So it's vegan, vegetarian, gluten free and totally AIP-compliant.
I've also picked fruits that aren't really high and concentrated in sugars - like dates. The only fruit in there is a banana, a few chunks of mango and the juice of an orange. You can tailor this to suit your own tolerances if you're sensitive to the sugar in fruits - use a bit less mango if you like, or substitute it for something else - papaya would also work. Another thing to bear in mind is that this amount serves 2 people - so you're looking at half a banana, half a handful of mango and half the juice of an orange per person.
I also wanted to add something that was a bit of a morning pick me up - so there's a spoonful of matcha. Matcha contains lots of good things like antioxidants and polyphenols that it's thought can lead to health benefits. The Wellness Mama has a good post on the benefits of including matcha in your diet. Matcha does contain caffeine though, but this is ok in moderation on the autoimmune protocol.
Feel free also to add a scoop of protein powder to this if you usually use it.
This smoothie bowl isn't meant to be a daily thing - but if you fancy a change from bacon and eggs - or you want something sweet it's full of good things that'll set you up for the day.
Matcha Smoothie Bowl
1 banana, peeled
1 tbsp coconut yoghurt (or use coconut cream)
handful of fresh spinach leaves
small handful of chopped mango
juice of 1 orange
1 tsp matcha
for the topping:
handful of frozen berries - I've used raspberries and blueberries
1 tbsp desiccated coconut
In a blender, or using a stick blender, blend up the banana, coconut yoghurt, spinach, mango, orange juice and matcha until smooth. Pour into bowls and top with the berries and coconut.
Looking for more AIP breakfast inspiration? Check out the brilliant ebook 85 Amazing AIP Breakfasts for more ideas. Click here for the details.
I've added this to Phoenix Helix's Recipe Roundtable where lots of AIP recipes are shared.. go check it out for more autoimmune protocol inspiration.