Banana Nut Granola Smoothie Bowl
Gluten Free Granola
By: Alice Choi from Hip Foodie Mom
Posted on: April 27, 2016
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Banana Nut Granola Smoothie Bowl! Start off your morning the right way with this! A green spinach, flax and mango smoothie bowl topped with fresh berries and banana nut granola and almonds!
I've realized over the years that my relationship with food has changed. When I was young, I was an emotional eater. I ate when I was sad, mad, bored and just out of habit. Now that I am older and a mother, with two little girls watching my every move and listening and learning, I look at food differently. Food is nutrition. Food gives me energy and satisfies my appetite. Food is good and fun and when you have the right fresh ingredients, food can be magical. Cooking and preparing food is also now a huge part of my life and just the process and act of cooking calms me and helps me to put things into perspective.
What we put into our bodies is so important and I've learned over the years that how you start off your morning often dictates how that day will go food-wise. I remember if I ate junk in the morning for breakfast, that cycle would continue during the day and into the evening for dinner. But when I started eating yogurt and granola, or making smoothies or making eggs and whole wheat toast or waffles, I kept that healthier mindset throughout my day. I would make smarter choices with my food. Like eating a salad instead of a burger for lunch and chicken with veggies for dinner instead of a big plate of creamy, heavy pasta. And this doesn't mean I can't ever eat the big plate of creamy, heavy pasta. I can. But the right portion size.
What do you guys usually eat for breakfast?
If you follow me on social media, you know a smoothie (whether in a glass or in a bowl) is a usual occurrence for me in the mornings. I just love the way I feel afterwards and if I am hungry again in a few hours, that's okay. I'll reach for a banana, some almonds or a handful of for a snack. Recently, I tried Van’s new gluten-free . If you know me, you know I love banana nut anything. I also love the chewy texture of this granola. It's soft baked so the clusters are soft and chewy and I love it!
With 14 grams of nutrient-dense whole grains and no artificial colors or flavors, it’s the perfect pick-me-up whether you’re topping your breakfast parfait or smoothie bowl, or snacking straight from the bag. Van's also has Double Chocolate, Blueberry Walnut and Cranberry Almond granola! for the store locator, to find a store near you where you can pick up some granola! And if you're into smoothie bowls, you need to try this one! Enjoy!
- For the smoothie:
- 2 cups packed fresh spinach
- 1 cup water + more if needed
- 1 orange, peeled and broken into fourths
- 1 tablespoon flaxseed meal
- 1 large frozen banana, broken into pieces
- 1 to 1½ cups frozen mangos
- For the toppings:
- Assortment of fresh berries
- Sliced bananas
- Banana Nut Granola
- Almond slices
- Place fresh spinach into your blender and add the water. Blend together until combined.
- Add in the oranges, flaxseed meal, frozen banana and frozen mangos and blend together until smooth. Pour into bowls and decorate with the berries, banana slices, granola and almonds.