I feel like when you live in England, the whole ‘smoothie bowl’ thing can only really be a part of your life in the summer. Ya feel me, fellow Brits?
You’ll have no doubt already seen endless variations of this highly Instagramable concept from foodies based all around the globe; most likely from places where the sizzling temperatures mean you can actually go out wearing a skirt with out having to dive in to the nearest shop for a pack of insulated tights – or where dining al fresco at 8pm is simply part of the daily routine.
So, in true British fashion, I have been making the most of every single second of this much anticipated heatwave by insistently eating every meal I consume perched in the garden patio – all of which embodies the obligatory pineapple/palm tree/sunglasses face emoji’s and ooze summer with each and every mouthful.
If you’re new to the smoothie bowl game – just think of them as a hybrid between a smoothie and ice cream. Generally, they are made with fresh fruit, vegetables and nut like ingredients (just like you would with your regular smoothie), but the minimal amount of liquid used in the making means you end up with a wonderfully thick consistency that calls for a bowl and spoon to accompany it. The bonus of this? Well, it basically makes for more of a substantial meal (any one else get hungry an hour after a smoothie for breakfast?!) – and also means that you automatically slow down to eat it, rather than mindlessly glugging your blend down as you rush off to work. Think better digestion, and I guess just an all round better eating experience. It’s a win win!
They also happen to be insanely tasty… And that even includes this funky little blend: My low sugar, high protein frozen pea smoothie bowl. Sure, this is definitely a ‘don’t knock it till you’ve tried it’ type situation – but once you get past those skeptical ‘Will it taste like cold mushy peas?’ thoughts – you’ll soon know what I mean.
I created this simply because I don’t really like to have too much fruit in the morning; I just feel better for following a low sugar diet – particularly after my yeast intolerance discovery. But sometimes my sweet tooth just wants that lil something something to satisfy it’s craving needs – and the frozen peas in this smoothie make the bowl nice and cold whilst giving a subtle sweetness that won’t spike your blood sugar levels and leave you craving more sugar through out the day. It all kinda makes sense, huh? And you better believe that the combination of frozen peas with even more green vegetables is actually pretty damn delicious – all thanks to the vanilla protein powder and maca, which act as sweeteners to balance everything out perfectly.
I use Neat Nutrition’s protein powder, but I’ve also tried Sun Warrior’s which is just as good if you’re intolerant to dairy and want a more digestible protein powder to boost your daily blend. Maca powder is a fabulous way to naturally sweeten your smoothies, and is widely available to buy now in most health stores and online. It’s even been linked to boosting your libido… But hey, I’ll let you find that one out for yourself. 😉
If you do feel adventurous and decide to try this out (DO IT… I dare ya!) then be sure to let me know on Instagram/Twitter at @sophiesblend. I would so love to know what you make of this quirky little number… It sure works for me, so hopefully it will be a winner for you, too!
- ½ avocado
- 1 large handful spinach, washed
- ¼ courgette, finely chopped
- ⅓ cucumber, chopped
- ½ cup frozen peas
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
- 1 tsp maca
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- 50ml oat/almond milk (add more if needed)
- optional fancy additions: bee pollen + matcha (recommended - but not necessary!)
- topping ideas: more frozen peas, bee pollen, coconut, hemp, crushed nuts, seeds
- Simply place all of the ingredients in a blender, pour in to a bowl and top with whatever you've got going. Dig in!