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Blueberry Sunrise Smoothie Porridge Bowl

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This Blueberry Smoothie Porridge Bowl is lovely to see and full of flavour and texture that is to eat fun to eat.  

Here are the suggested ingredients for a similar  smoothie porridge bowl as high in nutrient density and healing deliciousness:

Start with a creamy oatmeal base, either made in the morning  hot and hearty  or as overnight oats that save on morning prep


Then  add on:
  • A simple blueberry smoothie
  • Non-dairy yogurt (eg., soy or coconut)
  • Chopped walnuts
  • Chia seed gel
  • Cacao nibs
  • Sliced orange rounds
  • Coconut shreds
If you try your hand at a similar smoothie porridge bowl, take a snap and add hashtag #smoothiemoves on Instagram so we can celebrate your creation with you!

Enjoy your day!
 
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Pineapple-Mango-Plum Smoothie Porridge Bowl -


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I call this Pineapple-Mango-Plum Smoothie Porridge Bowl.  The pineapple and mango make for a sunny smoothie (not that you can see much of the sunny piece) and the luscious plum preserves-- a precious gift from a friend's mom-- are set like gems and criss-crossed with delicious almond butter.

Suggested Ingredients:

Start with a foundation layer of creamy oatmeal, either the overnight variety or regular cooked oatmeal.

Then:
  • A simple splendid pineapple-mango smoothie made up up of fresh or frozen fruit chunks, a scoop of vegan vanilla protein powder  and water or almond milk
  • Italian plum preserves
  • Almond butter
  • Hemp seeds
If you like this smoothie porridge bowl and are on Instagram  please snap a pic of your masterpiece and hashtag it as #smoothiemoves !

Here is a closeup;
Enjoy!
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Sweet Dates with Nuts-Strawberry Smoothie Porridge Bowl


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I am calling this smoothie porridge bowl "Sweet Dates with Nuts".  Hope you enjoy!

A FEW WORDS ABOUT DATES

In the Bible, dates are referred to many times, often in reference to their sweetness.  Dates continue to be grown and eaten in-- and exported from-- the Middle East.  Our North American grocery stores now also sell soft delicious Medjool dates grown in the USA.  Such a nice change from the hard cake of dates I knew as "dates" when I was a girl in rural Saskatchewan.

Dates also turn out to have the highest nutritional profile as a sweetener. They contain vitamin K, magnesium, selenium, antioxidants  and of course, fibre.  Early risers during the time of Ramadan (fasting all day) eat dates for breakfast as a chief way to get through the day.   

Date Syrup

Many Middle Eastern cooks make a date syrup-- dates and water-- as a delightful sweetener and for baking.  There are different methods, some more traditional methods with a 100% hands-on approach: soaking the dates, squeezing all the "juices" through cheese gauze, and then cooking the date juice down with constant stirring until a honey-like texture is obtained.  

I made a syrup by pouring boiling water over  2 cups of Medjool dates and letting them overnight.  Next morning I sieved out as much liquid as I could and boiled it down.  I mashed the leftover bits and they are a mass I can call "date butter"-- basically, jam. Very yummy.

The syrup I used in the smoothie porridge bowl, along with thin almond butter to represent "the nuts."  

So, here are the suggested ingredients:

*simple strawberry-water smoothie
*almond butter, thinned with a bit of H2O 
*date syrup (see above)
*coconut yogurt
*strawberries
*Hemp seeds

ENJOY!

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Blueberry-Apple-Cinnamon Smoothie Porridge Bowl

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This pretty blueberry-apple-cinnamon smoothie porridge bowl is another in a series of delicious  nutritious plant-powered breakfast bowls.

Here are the ingredients I layered on so you can go get any that you like the looks of for tomorrow's breakfast:

Always start out with a base of creamy oats, either overnight oats or hot, cooked oats.

 

And add in/on the following:

*blueberry-banana smoothie with blueberries, chopped banana, almond milk and a scoop of plain coconut yogurt.
*blueberries
*walnuts
*organic unsweetened apple sauce
*cinnamon powder

If you make this smoothie porridge bowl and want to share it on Instagram  please use hashtag #smoothiemoves so we can admire your work!


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Vanilla-Strawberry Smoothie Porridge Bowl



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This healthy delicious Vanilla-Strawberry smoothie porridge bowl gets a nutritional and flavour boost with a scoop of vegan protein powder in the smoothie!

The foundation of every porridge smoothie bowl is the oatmeal porridge:
And then you layer on ingredients such as:

  • Vanilla-strawberry smoothie that includes fresh or frozen  strawberries, a scoop of vanilla protein (I used Vega) and vegan coconut or soy or almond yogurt and a small amount of plant milk
  • Handful of fresh or frozen (thawed) strawberries, halved
  • Shredded coconut
  • Cacao nibs
  • Hemp seeds
If you make this densely nutritious smoothie porridge bowl, hashtag a photo with #smoothiemoves on Instagram so we can say hi and admire your creation!

Strawberry-Banana Smoothie Porridge Bowl


Here is tomorrow's Strawberry-Banana Smoothie Porridge Bowl-- the ingredients I used this morning are listed below so you have time to pick them up today.

We always start with a bowl of creamy nutritious porridge.  You can make it over night by soaking the oatmeal in plant milk or, like us, you can cook the oats as usual. 


And here is what we added:
  • simple strawberry-banana smoothie (strawberries, chopped banana, water)
  • strawberries
  • banana pieces
  • blueberries
  • chopped walnuts
  • short line of chia seed gel
  • cacao nibs
  • coconut shreds
  • almond milk (not shown)
If you make this, take a photo and post on Instagram with hashtag #smoothiemoves so we can admire your work!

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Pineapple-Blueberry Smoothie Porridge Bowl


My husband and I generally have a smoothie and a bowl of oatmeal porridge for breakfast.  It was only a matter of time until we blended the two into a "smoothie porridge bowl."

I am going to hashtag these recipe ideas as #tomorrowssmoothiebowl on Twitter and Instagram, the point being that you might like the looks of it, but maybe you don't have the ingredients you would like or try.

Pineapple-Blueberry 
Porridge Smoothie Bowl

Start with a lovely creamy bowl of oats, either steaming hot or overnight oats that you have soaked in plant milk for 8 hours or over night.
(Ours contains about a small
 handful of Thompson's raisins. )

2. Now, gently pour on about a 1/4 of a cup of fairly thick, sludgy smoothie-- I am using plain blueberry smoothie here (blueberry, banana and water).  

3. Add on pineapple chunks, banana rounds and a sprinkle of hempseed.

4. Enjoy with your fave plant milk, or as is!

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Thickalicious Christmas Cake Smoothie

Thickalicious Christmas Cake Smoothie
This Thickalicious take-off on a Christmas Cake as a smoothie
When designing this 'cake' smoothie, I wanted to get the essential flavour "idea" of Christmas cake but without having to expand the recipe to include all the not-so-healthy ingredients you might find in a typical Christmas cake (and I'm not referring to the commercial ones).  There is NO butter, so you don't have to worry about that... in fact, like all of the Christmas smoothies, this one is also vegan which means no yogurt either, or other dairy products.  Of course, if you are not vegetarian, you can go ahead and put in whatever you like from the animal by-product arena.  I'm hoping that the almond milk and the oatmeal carry the mouth-appeal for all the fats-- milk, butter, eggs-- in this smoothie.

I also have skipped most the rum or brandy and the raisins and/or currants.  Instead I'm using frozen  seedless grapes and I believe that these little gems do the trick as a much healthier, tastier sub.  Along with the grapes, the dates provide wholesome sweetness (I also added a packet of Sweet Leaf stevia, and you can opt for more sweetener of your choice, or just stick with the dates).  Too, I kept the spices to a minimum, using a small amount of nutmeg and a more pronounced portion of cinnamon.

I like it-- it satisfies my Christmas Cake urges in a more satisfactory way, and I don't have to start putting it together in October! (I vaguely remember that regimen from my long-ago Trudy Traditional days).

Thickalicious Christmas Cake Smoothie (serves 2)
Put the following in your blender carafe and whirl up:

  • 1/2 C. Rolled Oats (Gluten-Free if preferred)
  • 1/4 tsp. ground Nutmeg
  • 1 tsp.   ground Cinnamon
  • 9 pitted Dates (or more if desired)
  • 1 C. Frozen Seedless Grapes
  • 2. C. Almond Milk (or 1 C. Almond Milk and 1 C. Water)
  • 1 pkt. Sweet Leaf Stevia powder (or sweetener of choice and how much you want-- optional)
Merry Christmas!  Enjoy!
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Try these other Christmas Smoothies too!

Cranberry-Apple, Green Grape and Chia Christmas Smoothie

Cranberry Lassi with Coconut Milk, Cumin, Chia and Ginger Smoothie


Mandaringo-Ginger Smoothie

Luscious Eggless Nog Smoothie

Sweet Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Chocolate-Mint Smoothie



Thickalicious Very Berry Apple Green Smoothie with Ashwagandha

Today's smoothie is another thickalicious (substantial) Green Smoothie that will get you through the morning until lunchtime, while providing all the usual delightful ingredients: fruit, greens and "superfoods". The extra little goodies in this breakfast drink include oatmeal (yes!), the amazing Ayurvedic herb, *Ashwagandha (read more under the recipe) and the energy standby, Chia Seed. You will find it thick, maybe even chewy, but definitely tasty and nutritious... like a 'liquid muffin'. I am grateful to fellow smoothie blogger Katherine Natalia at Green Thickies.com who developed the oatmeal-green smoothie.

Put the following in your blender: (all at once in a high speed, maybe in divided batches for a reg. blender)

  • 2 C. organic Frozen Mixed Berries (blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, etc.)
  • 1 C. organic Rolled Oats (buy Gluten-Free if you are coeliac or sensitive to wheat / gluten)
  • 1 organic Apple, chopped, cored and seeded (if not organic, peeled)
  • 1 large handful of tender Greens (I used mix salad greens that included baby romaine, kale, etc.)
  • 6 pitted Dates (I used Medjool, but use what you like / can find)
  • 1 T. Chia Seed ground in Coffee Bean Grinder OR 2 T. Chia Seed Gel
  • 1 tsp. Ashwagandha powder
  • 1 C. Filter Water, or as much as you wish.  Presoaking the Oats and Chia Seed is a good idea.

Whirl up and drink immediately.  You will be full, and should feel well and calm, unless of course you have a sensitivity or other issue.  Please remember to drink as much water as you know to drink over the course of the day... this is a high fibre drink.  Hydrating with a glass or two of lemon water (or just plain water) an hour before you start this smoothie is a great idea.

Now about the Ashwagandha... my husband has been taking a Longevity course (actually called "Age Reversal") at our local Elder College.  The course focused on the benefits of the Ayurveda (Indian) philosophy of wellness and health, and introduced Ayurvedic herbs (such as Turmeric) that have been used for centuries to good benefit in India, but which are just being "discovered" by Boomers everywhere.  

I have begun to incorporate some of these into smoothies, soups, etc.  The herb, Ashwagandha, has cognitive benefits -- enhances memory and improves brain function.  It has been shown to reduce stress, increase sports endurance, greatly diminish depression and anxiety, and relieve fatigue in those undergoing chemotherapy.  Current studies have been done, are being undertaken, and are awaiting replication, with the hope that Ashwagandha extracts will one day be a go-to prescription for healing neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's.  

The powder does NOT have a strong flavour so is easily tucked into a smoothie.  You can buy it bulk at health food stores, and perhaps some pharmacies.  Consult your health care provider before adding it into your diet.   The literature my husband reviewed in the class suggested that a teaspoon per person per day was an adequate supplement, so don't go overboard with it.  You may experience drowsiness, so if you are driving, etc., please don't take it until you are based somewhere for a period of time.

Sweet Pumpkin Pie Smoothie (Thickalicious, Vegan, Gluten-Free)


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When I was a child, pumpkin pie (with whipped cream or ice cream) was a dessert that my Grandma Sanders always contributed to the holiday meal.  Since I continue to love pumpkin pie but can't make pie crust to save my soul (perhaps fortunately), this lovely sweet pumpkin pie smoothie is a great tribute to that great tradition!

Ingredients:

1/2 C. Rolled Oats (Gluten-free variety, if you are wheat-sensitive)
1 T. ground Chia Seed (Grind in the Coffee Bean grinder)
2 cups Almond Milk
1 cup frozen Banana chunks
1/2 cup Ice
3/4 cup canned organic Pumpkin (unsweetened)
2 organic Mandarin oranges, segmented, seeded if they have seeds
1 Tbsp. Maple Syrup
1+ tsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice or a mix of Cinnamon/Nutmeg to suit you

Method:
  1. Put the Oats and the Chia Seed into the blender carafe first and then pour in the Almond Milk, letting the Oats and Chia soak for 15 minutes or longer.  Their rehydration really helps with digestibility.
  2. Put other ingredients in to the carafe and spin up for as long as it takes to produce a nice silk-blended smoothie.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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