After many failed attempts, I finally mastered the homemade smoothie bowl! I’ve been trying to duplicate the ones I had this past April in Hawaii while teaching yoga at the Say Yes Aloha Vibes Retreat. These bowls were the perfect after class pick-me-up. Light enough where I felt confident to bare a bikini right after eating and super satisfying.
In the last 2 years I’ve become more mindful of what I eat, not necessarily to achieve a certain body image, but to combat major digestive issues I was suffering from prior to. At first I thought I was lactose intolerant, then I thought it was gluten, now I believe it’s just a matter of eating consciously, with intention. That looks like smaller portions to avoid uncomfortable bloating, choosing clean, less processed foods that are easier to digest and the most trying change, cooking at home. A few years ago my cooking skills didn’t go beyond cold sandwiches, so it’s taken some time to get used to. What motivates me to continue cooking is how well my body responds when I feed it properly. No bloating, burping, constipation or headaches – for the most part. If cooking consciously means keeping these symptoms at bay, I’m all for it!
Which brings me to the limb of the week. The first of the niyama family, sauca means purity or cleanliness, from the inside, out. How and what we put in our bodies effects us externally. Unfortunately this is a connection we can’t really ignore, at least not for too long. Eventually you’ll learn that certain ‘food products’ do anything but sustain your body. Find out what sustenance looks like for you. Eat more of something and less of another and just see how you feel. It doesn’t have to be some wild diet or trendy cleanse, just start taking the steps to find out what fuels you the best.
When it comes to smoothie bowls, I keep it simple: the less ingredients the better. For this one, I used 5 ingredients: kale, avocado, almond milk, apples and mangos. I blended everything together with some ice, topped off the bowl with gluten free granola and a few banana slices, and wallah. Experiment with adding more or less of your favorite things. Enjoy!
- 1 sliced & pitted green apple
- 1 avocado
- handful of kale
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- 1cup frozen mango
- 1/2 cup ice
Blend together to a smoothie consistency, serve, top and eat!