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Blueberry Quinoa Smoothie Bowl

I was reading something that said how Smoothie Bowls are the hottest thing- then, since I had to look up what a "smoothie bowl" even was, came across an article that said, "Smoothie bowls are SO 2017"! Well, before today I had never heard of them, so maybe I just live under a rock. They do sound neat though, a smoothie that's a little more filling, that you eat with a spoon rather than a straw- sounds good to me!

My coworker, Liz, loves smoothies for breakfast, but personally, I feel like I need something I can chew a little. Well, smoothie bowls are the perfect happy medium (plus they're a great way to get more fruit in your diet), and since this recipe contains quinoa (a great high protein grain), it can help you to feel more satisfied than a plain fruit smoothie.

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This recipe makes 4 servings

Ingredients:

For the quinoa:

1 Cup Quinoa uncooked
2 Cups Almond Milk  

For the smoothie:

2 Cups Almond Milk
4 Cups Frozen Blueberries

For topping:

1/4 Cup Honey
1 Tbsp + 1 tsp Almond Milk
1/2 Cup sliced almonds, toasted 

See the entire recipe and directions at the Food, Faith Fitness Blog.

 

 

Dairy Free Alfredo Pasta Sauce

This is a great dairy free sauce that's much healthier (and significantly lower in calories) than the original.  I won't say that it's exactly the same as its the original, but it's a nice, healthy alternative!

The original recipe was made for two servings, but I scaled it up to use a whole cauliflower and an entire package of pasta.

INGREDIENTS:

3 clove of garlic
1bs extra virgin olive oil
3 cup cauliflower (100 grams
2 1/4 cup almond milk (175 milliliters)
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
3 tablespoon nutritional yeast
1.5 tablespoon lemon juice
12 ounces uncooked pasta (gluten-free if necessary)

See the entire recipe and directions at Simple Vegan Blog.

Raw Chocolate Smoothie with Avocado and Raw Honey

This recipe uses cacao powder which is also known as raw chocolate.  It's full of nutrients, and this shake has lots of good fats to keep you satisfied.  It makes a great fast breakfast or a healthy snack.  The avocado gives it such a creaminess, it tastes like an ice cream milkshake!

Ingredients:

1 frozen banana, sliced
1/2 avocado, pitted, chopped
2 tbsp raw cacao powder
1 tbsp raw honey
1 cup raw almond milk

See the entire recipe and directions at Organic Authority.

Easy Peanut Butter Banana Blender Muffins

These are fantastic!  They have such a light, fluffy texture- my daughter absolutely loves them! If you don't have a great blender, these may work better in a food processor (though I was able to make them in my cheap blender, I just needed to stop the blender and stir the ingredients several times).

1 cup natural peanut butter
2 large eggs
2 medium sized very ripe bananas
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons honey (optional, but I added it!) 
Optional toppings of choice: dark chocolate chips, coconut, raisins, craisins

Read the entire recipe and directions at Miss Recipe!