Ice cream is my Achilles heel of healthy eating. At any given moment, I could eat a whole pint of Ben and Jerry’s – and probably more. And I’ll be honest – I used to do that on the regular. The weird thing is that, as much as I enjoyed eating my ice cream, I generally felt physically kind of horrible after.
Even knowing that, I would do it again and again and again. But I’ve finally found a recipe that kills my craving for something cool and creamy and sweet: Immune-Boosting Chocolate Smoothie Bowl.
Not only do I know I’m doing something good for my body (it’s right there in the name!) when I chow down on a bowl of this, it doesn’t leave my tummy feeling icky later, either. Instead, it gives me energy. What a great idea!
One thing I love about this recipe is that I almost always have the ingredients on hand. I love almond milk with my homemade Paleo granola in the morning, so that’s always in the fridge. Cacao powder and honey are two of the ingredients I probably use most frequently and I keep blueberries and bananas both frozen and fresh in the house almost all the time.
Quick tip: ever tried peeling a frozen banana? It’s messy and difficult. Instead, when I bring home a bunch of bananas, I put half in the fruit basket and the other half I peel, wrap in plastic wrap or put into plastic baggies, and toss them in the freezer. When you need a frozen banana, they’re available and ready, without the mess!
Also, don’t try this recipe with thawed fruit instead of the frozen. The frozen fruit is the main reason you get a “smoothie” consistency, and not an ice-and-fruit consistency. The avocado adds even more silky creaminess to the smoothie and gives you a blast of healthy fats. It’s also great when you have a leftover half of an avocado, as I usually do after lunch. In fact, I may occasionally leave half the avocado just so I have an excuse to make myself a chocolate smoothie bowl that evening!
In case you’re wondering what is so immune-boosting about this smoothie, here’s the details…blueberries are a powerful antioxidant and are filled with vitamin C. The avocado gives you nutrients and healthy fats your body needs to keep running at its best. And bananas are also packed with vitamin C, B6 vitamins, and potassium – again, all the things your body needs to be strong. Plus, the blueberries, avocado, and banana all have fiber – yay for fiber!
The toppings give you a chance to boost the immune boosting qualities of this delish treat even further – more blueberries, some seeds or nuts to crunch it up – don’t let our list limit you! And of course, this is a great Paleo dessert: sweet, creamy, chilled, and packed from top to bottom with vitamins and nutrients. And it keeps me away from the Ben and Jerry’s!
- ½ cup almond milk
- 1 cup frozen blueberry
- 2 tbsp raw cacao powder
- 2 tbsp honey
- ¼ medium avocado
- 1 large frozen banana
- ½ cup ice
- fresh blueberries
- pumpkin seeds
- hemp seeds
- goji berries
- chopped Brazil nuts
- Place the milk, honey, avocado and cocoa powder in a high power blender and process until smooth.
- Add the frozen blueberries, banana and ice and process until thick and creamy.
- Transfer the smoothie in a bowl and top with fresh blueberries, pumpkin seeds, goji berries, hemp seeds and chopped Brazil nuts or your favorite toppings.
- Adapted from Food Network
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