Acai – Strawberry Protein smoothie bowl {Paleo , Low carb}

Smoothie bowls are a great option anytime of the day: Breakfast, lunch, dinner or even as a snack or post workout concoction delivering nutrients with as little time to prepare.

My smoothie bowls can end up including a variety of ingredient combinations, therefore colours and texture depending on my mood and what I have available fresh and frozen at home.
The most advantageous function of smoothies for me are their ease and simplicity in creating nutrient dense meal in a minute or two. A few bits and pieces, which are hopefully planned ahead of time, thrown into a blender, blitz and top with some crunch and freshness.

My usual ingredients may include a wide variety of frozen berries such as: acai, blackberries, blackcurrants, blueberries, cherries, raspberries, strawberries. These berries are generally low in carbohydrates / sugars making them ideal for a low carbohydrate / ketogenic based option.

Additional frozen ingredients which I sometimes include could be: avocado, banana, cauliflower, kiwi, spinach and sweet potato.
There is no right or wrong way. 90% of the time I just randomly add bit of this or that without thinking ratios or weighing. This is the fun part, where there is a possible 10% they turn out rather odd!

I also tend to add some staple ingredients alongside the plants in the blender. These include sprouted flaxseed, hempseed, cacao powder, maca, cacao butter, matcha powder, beetroot powder.

I usually use full fat coconut milk diluted with water. Typically, this is 1 to 4 ratio to coconut milk to filtered water: For example, 1 tablespoon of coconut milk to 4 tablespoons of filtered water. Additionally, almond milk works well but my method of diluting is cheaper when you compared to dairy free cartooned milk products.

Protein wise: I like to use a variety. I tend to utilise plant based protein powders which have a complete amino profile! Thee would include a pea protein base or a mild spectrum including pea, rice and hemp. I do not have a preferred brand. I typically use a product which is on offer! I do sometimes use a whey protein but this is rarely. I personally do not think there is a marginal difference which will make or break muscle growth which whey protein is touted for.

I do like to include some additional powders into my smoothies if I have trained or training that day. These would include: collagen, D-Ribose, L- carnitine, glycine and creatine monohydrate.

For my toppings, I keep it left for all the crunchy ingredients! Ingredients include a multiple range of different nuts like almonds, brazil nuts, cashews, macadamia nuts, pecans or walnuts and seeds such pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds. Desiccated coconut and toasted coconut chips / flakes make a good addition too.

Finally, a sprinkle of chia seeds, cacao nibs or dried goji berries spending on the base the flavour! A lot of becoming a good smooth operator comes down to trial and error! Practise makes progression!

Acai - Strawberry - coconut protein smoothie bowl {Paleo, Low carb}

This smoothie includes freshness of Acai and strawberries giving it a pink glow. Topped with mix of seeds and coconut.
Author: Ryan
Prep Time: 1 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes
Course: Breakfast / Brunch / Lunch / Post workout / Dinner
Servings: 1​
Ingredients

25 gram scoop of protein powder (I used Nuzest – vanilla affiliation discount below – 2 scoops = 25 grams) 1 tbsp or 25ml of full fat coconut milk (+ 4 tbsp of unfiltered water
1 cup of frozen strawberries 1 sachet of unsweetened Acai – (gifted by Sambazon UK)
1 tbsp desiccated coconut – unsweetened
1 tbsp coconut chips – unsweetened
1 tbsp mix of pumpkin and sunflower seeds
1 tbsp dried goji berries
1/2 tbsp chia seeds
1/2 tbsp cacao nibs
1/4 tsp celtic sea salt

Instructions

In a blender add the following ingredients.
The coconut milk + filtered water + frozen strawberries + acai + protein powder + salt.
Blend until smooth and slightly thick. Add enough water until reaches your personal preference.
Scoop out the smoothie to a bowl.
Add the toppings. Starting with the coconut items then add the remaining ingredients.
The idea is to add layers of different colours and texture.
Serve and enjoy!

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Nutritional Information (Per Serving): Calories: 468 Protein: 27g Carbs: 40g Fiber: 14.7g Sugar: 14g Fat: 27g Saturated Fat: 14g Polyunsaturated: 3.3g Monounsaturated: 2g Omega 3: 1g Cholesterol: 0mg Calcium: 148mg Copper: 0.4mg Iron: 8.5mg Magnesium: 92mg Potassium: 551mg Selenium: 13mg Sodium: 800mg Zinc: 2.6mg Vitamin A: 2106iu Vitamin B1: 0.1mg Vitamin B2: 0.1mg Vitamin B3: 2mg Vitamin B5: 0.4mg Vitamin B6: 0.2mg Biotin: 0ùg Vitamin B9 / Folate: 53úg Vitamin B12: 0úg Choline: 23mg Vitamin C: 94mg Vitamin E: 2.3mg Vitamin D: 0iu Vitamin K: 40.5ūg

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