Dec 10, 2015

Raspberry Smoothie Bowl


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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… 


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Raspberry Smoothie Bowl
Serves 2
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  1. 2 frozen, sliced bananas
  2. 2 cups frozen raspberries
  3. 2 cups coconut water
  4. 2-4 pitted medjool dates (depending on how sweet your berries are)
  5. 2 TBS hemp seeds
  6. 1 TBS maca powder (optional)
  7. ~toppings
  8. fresh raspberries
  9. rolled oats
  10. sliced bananas
  11. hemp seeds
  1. 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.
  2. Divide into 2 bowls and serve with toppings.
  1. 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.
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8 responses to “Raspberry Smoothie Bowl”

  1. Sara says:

    Dear Helyn,
    What you are doing (and you are doing many wonderful things!) is so commendable. I admire the heck out of you and wanted to wish you well, and offer encouragement in your struggle. Those of us with aging parents who can afford to help them and be close to them face a daily struggle and whilst our own situation isn’t as advanced as yours, it is not a dissimilar path. My mother has Rheumatoid Arthritis and the meds she is on are pretty darned hard on her body. She’s still moving and exercising when she can but she is a full time care taker for her husband, my step father who never ate right or exercised – by choice and so his kidneys are gone, his heart is kapoot and vision/hearing is out, to boot. Like I said, a daily struggle… When we can manage, I try to offer healthy foods over her way, though I am nothing like as healthy eater as you, my dear! Tentative steps… and we try to incorporate more and more plant based foods to our diet. I have gained so many wonderful ideas and bits of knowledge from you and your wonderful blog posts. It’s like you are family… Keep up the great work and I know you are a great comfort to your mother. Even when she isn’t able to express that to you… I go through that, too. There can be so much anger and frustration… and obstinance to deal with. Hang in there. Sometimes “love” is the best nutrition you could give somebody! Great big hugs coming at you from Texas…

    p.s. and this raspberry bowl looks pretty darned good, too!!!

    • helynskitchen says:

      Sara… you have no idea how much your communication means to me. I am sitting here with tears in my eyes. I so appreciate you and all my readers… sometimes I send something out into the ether and I wonder who hears. Thank you for being there. Love is the answer, you are so right. Its vibration is the most healing and powerful drug we have. Keeping an open heart is hard for so many as we have been wounded by doing so. Still, I keep mine open and tend to wear it on my sleeve most of the time. I am staying strong and positive for mom. She’s a gem and, even with all her pain, rarely complains.

      Love and hugs to you and yours! and I wish you a very happy holiday season. xo

  2. Carla Golden says:

    So sorry about the difficult time with your mother. It is so hard to see loved ones suffer needlessly. I’m with you on the commitment to eat well, exercise, and live a long and vibrant life. Keeping spreading the good word and take good care of yourself while you’re caring for your mother. xo

    • helynskitchen says:

      Thanks so very much, Carla! Together we can change the world 🙂 I’m very happy that you get to have your baby home for a few weeks. Yay!!!

  3. VickyF. says:

    This is so inspirational — just what I needed to read today too as the holidays are more challenging to eat right and exercise. It’s our insurance policy for aging well! Thanks, Helyn — love this blog and the new look.

  4. Hello from Gastonia, NC!
    I take care of my 84 year old mom, who is semi-wheelchair bound. She fell and broke her ankle in March 2007, and has walked very little ever since.

    She went vegan and gluten-free with my husband and me 5 years ago, and her health greatly improved! Her arthritis was gone in a matter of weeks, and she lost 58 pounds- while sitting in a wheelchair! But she is now walking more and more every day.

    She doesn’t take ANY meds- and doesn’t even have a dr!
    (Neither do we!)

    Mom lives in a house trailer across the street from ours, where she cooks her own food, does her laundry, and vacuums and dusts!
    She is fairly self-sufficient, but does need help with some of the more arduous tasks- like changing bed sheets!

    I write most of my own recipes, so I do all of her baking.

    I will keep you in prayer- it is a full-time job caring for an aging parent- even one who is healthy and vegan!

    God bless you.

    • helynskitchen says:

      Oh, Gail, what a wonderful outcome! Thank you so much for sharing and well done to you for helping your mom and getting her onto a plant-based routine!!! What a success! 🙂

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