Dec 10, 2015
Raspberry Smoothie Bowl
Greetings from the Sunshine State! Hey, why else would I be posting a smoothie bowl in December? Actually, I’ve had this one in the hopper for a while and since I am here without my usual kitchen tools, ingredients, gadgets and CAMERA (boohoo I left my camera behind, but I can still use my iPhone if I need to)… I thought I’d post this one for you today.
Why am I in Florida? I am caring for my mom who recently fell and suffered a fractured pelvis. When she was ready to be released from the nursing home, after about three weeks of care/physical therapy, she was still not ready to be on her own. It’s been an “interesting” experience. What other word could I use? Knowing what I now know about nutrition and the body’s ability to heal itself when given a proper nutritional environment to do so, I can say with all honesty that it has been… hard. Because not only is she recovering from this fracture (due in part to osteoporosis and who else knows what with regard to her equilibrium), she also has congestive heart failure and COPD… a pretty deadly combination from what I have learned. She is also taking about ten different prescription drugs and is in the early stages of dementia. Those are just the highlights.
So, it’s HARD. Yes, it is, because I realize that ALL of these maladies could have been prevented or reversed with a whole-food, plant-based diet. But elderly folks are pretty set in their ways, and that’s how it is for mom. I just have to accept it. I am still feeding her nutrient-dense foods while I’m here, but her appetite is quite poor. Sigh.
What this visit has reinforced in me is the unwavering determination that I will NEVER stop eating the way I do. I will not become feeble, senile, demented or ill due to old age. Not only is diet so important but exercise is a must. Our bodies are designed to MOVE and so I will continue my hiking, yoga, weight training and more until the day I pass. There. Said.
Now, let’s get to this fabulously yummy bowl. I just love smoothies in a bowl! It’s fun to top them with various superfoods and fruits and it’s just more exciting to eat a smoothie with a spoon than to sip it with a straw. Having a smoothie this way also forces you to slow down instead of guzzling. No more brain-freeze! And it helps to keep you satiated as well. The sweet/tart delight of raspberries is front and center in this recipe. Add a couple more dates if your berries are too tart…
- 2 frozen, sliced bananas
- 2 cups frozen raspberries
- 2 cups coconut water
- 2-4 pitted medjool dates (depending on how sweet your berries are)
- 2 TBS hemp seeds
- 1 TBS maca powder (optional)
- fresh raspberries
- rolled oats
- sliced bananas
- hemp seeds
- Blend all ingredients in a high-powered blender until smooth. It will be very thick, so take your time and scrape down the sides as needed.
- Divide into 2 bowls and serve with toppings.
- If you don't have a high-powered blender such as a VitaMix or Blendtec (what are you waiting for?) just add more coconut water but be careful not to make it too thin or you will have to drink it instead of enjoying it in a bowl.