Because you shouldn’t have one without the other

Holy moly friends, it has been a hectic few weeks over here. I’m currently finishing up my last (fall) semester – literally finals week send help – and I can’t believe how demanding this term has been. Every time I sat down to write, or even think about writing, I had something due for school or work or life. I’ve heard the whole “school comes first!” speech about a million times but it really does bum me out when I can’t get at least one post up a week. I guess I’m trying to say I’m sorry for being so absent from my blog over the last few months, school had to come first, but thank you all for hanging in with me.

My life has also become very routine. I work as a full time nanny Tuesday through Friday which means breakfast needs to be easy and quick, lunch is always in a tupperware, and dinner is whatever cooks up easy. In case you missed my last post, I explained this a bit more thoroughly, along with a free grocery guide and sample meal plan. My typical work morning breakfast is a simple green shake – how exciting, right? And that’s exactly what I started thinking. I’ve always admired the idea of “smoothie bowls” because I’m such a quantity type of gal, meaning I love eating things for a long period of time #snackqueen. But, smoothie bowls seemed so intimidating! I have to be honest, I don’t keep frozen cauliflower in the fridge or even frozen fruit for that matter. While there’s nothing wrong with it, I just never think to buy it and keep it just for smoothies. I would rather just eat some roasted cauliflower or snack on some blueberries, but that’s besides the point.

I mastered the protein shake long ago, but smoothie bowl?! That’s like a whole new world! The consistency has to be thick enough for a spoon to actually make sense, otherwise it’s just a shake, and not to mention hold a million different toppings! Yes, it’s scary stuff. After a few months of the same green smoothie (spinach, 1/2 frozen banana, protein and water), I decided to switch things up and add in a few other ingredients that I actually do always have on hand. I added a few tablespoons of cooked sweet potato, some nuts/nut butter, and even a few slices of avocado. Much to my surprise, I needed a spoon! Just like that – I was apart of the #smoothiebowl club.

I’m a rookie, I’m no expert, but this smoothie bowl is d to the e to the licious – hit it Fergie

My last not so norm ingredient is my homemade macadamia nut milk. I am entering this recipe, along with my smoothie bowl recipe, into the Mauna Loa recipe contest tomorrow and I couldn’t be more excited to share it with you all! I swear this is a smoothie game changer and the easiest thing to make. All you need is a blender, 1 cup of macadamia nuts, water, and a little bit of maple syrup. Combine all of your ingredients and blend on high until smooth and frothy. Authentic macadamia nuts have such a distinct and sweet flavor that make for a delicious base for both protein shakes and smoothie bowls. This macadamia nut milk also contains all of the healthy fats and proteins, unlike most almond milk recipes.

When combined with a handful of powerful ingredients, this Bright Eyes Smoothie Bowl is the perfect start to your morning. Not to mention it kind of tricks you into thinking you’re having ice cream for breakfast, which is never a bad thing! I’ve listed all of my personal favorite ingredients below, but feel free to use or add in anything else that suits you. I am such a plain jane kind of gal and usually try to keep things pretty basic/use ingredients that are affordable and accessible for everyone. I hope you love this smoothie bowl recipe as much as I do AND forget about that smoothie bowl intimidation.

Welcome to the #SmoothieGang friends.


Bright Eyes Smoothie Bowl

With Homemade Macadamia Nut Milk

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What You Will Need

{ Macadamia Nut Milk : 1 cup macadamia nuts, 1 cup of water, 1 tsp. pure maple syrup or 2 pitted dates } 

  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1/4 cup cooked sweet potato
  • 1 tbsp. nut butter
  • 1 scoop of protein, or collagen
  • 1/2 cup macadamia nut milk, recipe above
  • 1/2 cup water

Optional topping ideas

  • banana slices
  • chia seeds
  • granola or cereal, I love GoLean Crunch right now!
  • coconut flakes
  • sliced almonds
  • nut butta drizzle
  • berries
  • chicken

That last one was a joke, just checking to see if you’re still listening

And the award for the easiest recipe directions goes to.. THIS smoothie bowl! But really, all you have to do is blend up all of your ingredients, carefully pour it into a bowl – making sure not to spill while snapping that Insta-story, and add your toppings!

If you decide to give this recipe a try, be sure to tag #TheHealthiestMe so I can see all of your not-intimidating, REAL food smoothie bowl magic!

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