I’ve been keeping a secret from Mr. CN. I have been sneaking zucchini and beans into his smoothies for the last few weeks. Not that I was trying to trick him, but I wanted to honestly know if he could tell what was in his smoothie. He usually trusts me, so as long as it tasted good he didn’t ask too many questions. I can usually tell by the scraping of the spoon at the bottom of the bowl if it was good or not. And I’ve been hearing a lot scraping lately.
When I told Mr. CN that he had a smoothie bowl waiting for him in the fridge post-surf he was surprised to see that it wasn’t the usual green or some sort of brownish-grey color thanks to a beautiful cacao and spinach combo. (That’s why those never get up on the IG). Boy likes his smoothies greeeeeeen or chocolatey. Since this bowl was neither and deviated from the usual, he didn’t seem too excited. He’s not one to go all gaga over fun toppings like most smoothie bowl fanatics. As he started to dive in he asked me what was in it, so we played the guessing game. He guessed strawberries and bananas. 1 for 2 ain’t bad. And then he asked if there was protein in there. 2 out of 3. And then he had more missed guesses and his hunger made him lose interest in the game. Boo. As I heard the scraping of the bowl I knew I had another winner. Afterwards I told him there were chickpeas, sweet potato and zucchini he was blown away at how he had no idea. Most of these foods have pretty mild tastes, so when paired with things like strawberries, cinnamon and vanilla they get masked. Why sweet potato? It adds sweetness and a hint of caramelized flavor. Why chickpeas? Full of fiber, protein and creamy! Why zucchini? Why not?
As for the ingredients I always have roasted potatoes, beans, and fresh veggies on hand for quick meals such as this smoothie bowl!
Power spring smoothie bowl
1 small Japanese sweet potato (roasted & skin removed)*
5-6 small to medium strawberries, washed
1/2 zucchini, sliced
1/4 c. cooked chickpeas
1/2 to 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (Vega, Amazing Grass or Sunwarrior)
pinch of cinnamon
1/2 c. non-dairy milk or water
3-4 ice cubes
Optional add-ins: 1 scoop maca powder, 1/4 c. oats
Toppings: Strawberries, hemp seeds, cacao nibs, pistachios, unsweetened coconut chips, almond butter
Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. If you do not own a high-powered blender, increase the liquid 1tbsp. at a time to make sure it blends nice and smooth. Serve in a bowl and top with desired toppings.
If you’re not into protein powder, sub with 1-2 pitted Medjool dates and 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract OR vanilla yogurt of choice, but watch the sweeteners used and check ingredient list!
This recipe can easily be doubled for two!