I am sitting here bundled up beyond compare right now because it is SNOWING! Our first snow of the year over here. Two days ago it was 75 degrees, so lemme just say, I was pretty taken aback by the dramatic departure of warmer weather. Maybe it really comes from within me or maybe it’s just Gilmore Girls influence, but the first snow always feels so magical. It’s a sign of winter’s entrance that’s impossible to miss. Other seasons just kinda sneak on in there, leaves changing color or flowers blooming, but a blanket of snow is a big ole blaring marquee that nature has shifted. Mmm. Beautiful.
Now…it would make sense for me to share a nice warm cozy breakfast with you due to the current state of the weather, but hey, I can’t get predictable. And if any of you know me, you’ll know I never ever say no to a smoothie bowl–especially one that is overflowing with classic autumnal-Thanksgiving-pumkin-pie-goodness. Ahead is such a smoothie bowl.
It all started when I saw this recipe over on fedandfit.com in which Cassy Joy Garcia used frozen baked sweet potatoes as the basis of her smoothie. I was aalllll over that, but I wanted to create something of my own that would fit my qualifications for a full, amazing breakfast: protein, fat, complex carbs & some greens if possible. I landed on this beautiful, rich, hearty concoction ideal for fueling you for a successful day ahead. Shall we?
-frozen baked sweet potato chunks* (about half a sweet potato)
-vanilla protein powder (1 serving; I used this one)
-unsweetened almond milk (about 1 cup, depending on how thick or thin you like it)
-greens (1 handful)
–sunflower seed butter (1 tbsp; can sub for other nut butters)
-pumpkin pie spice (1 tsp; combo of nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon)
-sea salt (1/4 tsp)
*in preparation, bake sweet potatoes for 45 minutes at 400 degrees; let cool, remove skin & break into chunks to pop in the freezer
- Place all ingredients in a blender & blend until smooth. Pour into your favorite glass or bowl, top with desired fruits, seeds, spices, etc. Here I added some extra cinnamon, flax seeds & pomegranate seeds.
- If you’ve got it covered in the veggies department, feel free to omit the greens.
- Add sweeteners like honey or maple syrup to taste if you’d like it sweeter or if you’re using unsweetened protein powder.
Now curl up with this creamy bowl of goodness and enjoy the last days of autumn! Happy fueling your pretty miraculous day,