The clear star of this breakfast bowl is the spinach, although my frozen bananas do come up as a close second. I have a quick question. Do you freeze your bananas, too? I have a tip for you, if you want to start using frozen bananas in food bowls, but HATE thawing them out. My method of thawing is FAST and easy. I will put the browned banana in my stove, peel intact. I’ll turn the stove on, setting it to 350 degrees. The banana warms with the stove and as soon as your stove is preheated, grab the banana. It’s still cold to the touch, but peels and breaks into smaller parts quite easily. Yum!
I always thaw my bananas as I am grabbing all my other ingredients and adding them to my ninja food chopper express. Once my banana is peel-able, I just add it to my blender and boom! You could also use a microwave, I suppose, which would be even faster (30-45 seconds on high). Today’s random did ya know, is that I have not owned a microwave in over 5 years. I actually don’t like microwaves. My husband is dying for one. I’m over here like…NAH. Don’t tell him I said this, but I do see how it could benefit me, having one. But I just don’t wanna clean the darn thing. I live with messy people, y’all. Messy. And there’s a lot of us living here. I may change my mind, but not in the near future. Perhaps I’ll add one to the final kitchen renovation plans…we shall see.
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I’m in lurve (yes, it’s totally a word) with spinach. I love spinach, all the ways. Raw, cooked, steamed, sautéed. I’ll even eat canned spinach (in water only, no sodium added) in a pinch. 🎶 “I’m strong to the finich, cause I eats me spinach. I’m popeye the sailor man” toot toot!
“Spinach is a superfood. It is loaded with tons of nutrients in a low-calorie package. Dark, leafy greens like spinach are important for skin, hair, and bone health. They also provide protein, iron, vitamins, and minerals. The possible health benefits of consuming spinach include improving blood glucose control in people with diabetes, lowering the risk of cancer, and improving bone health, as well as supplying minerals and vitamins like iron, calcium and magnesium.” Source
So let’s dive into this green spinach superfood breakfast beauty, head first, shall we? If you aren’t a spinach person, don’t worry yourself. You can’t taste it. Promise! And just a reminder, the items on top of this food bowl were not calculated into the nutritional numbers. This recipe is for the base mixture only. Full-disclosure; I didn’t eat the raw spinach leaves, but I did eat the extra chia seeds and the fresh banana. I also ate this for lunch, not breakfast, ha!
Banana Chia Spinach Smoothie Bowl
This is for the mixture only. Toppings are all you! I’d suggest inputting your toppings into a foodtracking app, in order to get an accurate number reading for your completed bowl.
- 300 Ml Almond Milk Unsweetened
- 1 Medium Banana Fresh or Frozen
- 2 Tbsp Whole Milk Yogurt
- 1 Tbsp Raw Honey
- 1/2 Cup Oatmeal Quick Cooking
- 2 Scoops Collagen Peptides Unflavored, Grass-Fed
- 1 Tsp 100% Pure Xanthan Gum
- 1 Tbsp Organic Chia Seeds
Blend all ingredients (except oats and chia seeds) together, to create the base. Stir in chia seeds and oats, one at a time. Once thoroughly mixed, place this food bowl base into a tightly closed mason jar and keep in the fridge anywhere from 15 hours to 5 days. Before serving, add any of your favorite toppings. Enjoy!
Some other nutritional numbers you may be interested in (approximate):
NET CARBS 34g
TOTAL CARBS 43g
GLYCEMIC LOAD 16