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As must as I often share dessert recipes on my blog, I have a healthy side, too. We don’t eat dessert every day, and I do my best to ensure that we eat somewhat healthy foods on a regular basis. Me? I’m a smoothie girl when it comes to breakfast. The wee ones love them, too, but they’re often rushing out the door before I’m functional enough to make them on school days, so when I do make them, I’m sure to do something a little extra special that doesn’t take much extra time at all – like these recipe for a protein power smoothie bowl.
Cuz here’s the thing. I may not and they may not always like items that are “healthy” for them. Growing up, I never drank milk without a ton of chocolate (I mean the two inches of powder sitting at the bottom after it’s been stirred up) because I flat out didn’t like it. Mister Man is the same way, except that I refuse to let him put in spoonful after spoonful of powdered chocolate. Instead, I find other ways to get him to drink his milk, and meals like the protein power smoothie bowl not only get milk in him but have so many other ingredients that he needs to be eating on a regular basis.
When I was picking up milk last week during my regular shopping trip at Walmart, I happened to notice a different kind of milk. Sir Bananas™ is 2% milk with banana puree added. This… this is something I can see Mister Man drinking. And so I picked up a carton to bring home and see what he thought.
Sir Bananas™ has 8 essential nutrients (right up my alley) and is made with real bananas. It’s a good source of protein, calcium, and potassium. It comes in Bananamilk (2% milk with bananas) and Chocolate Bananamilk (2% milk with chocolate and bananas). I picked up the Bananamilk figuring that it would be a little more versatile as I played with it this time around.
From his first sniff of the carton, Mister Man was hooked. He loves the creamy taste, and I love that there are no artificial colors or flavors. He’s been drinking it at dinner, and he’s been begging me to add it to his protein power smoothie bowl in the morning, too.
I always add a scoop of protein powder to smoothies because it’s a great way to get in the protein that they (and I) don’t eat enough of. Yes, I’m the person with multiple containers of protein powder. I have a vanilla one that I will often add to cookie, muffin, and pancake recipes to increase the protein in them. I have a flavorless beef collagen version that I add to savory dishes that lack protein and even to hot tea. And so on.
The protein powder smoothie bowl also has the fruit that you’d expect, but I also add a semi-secret ingredient: spinach. Yep, the protein power smoothie bowl has veggies in it, too. You can always eat more veggies, and while I’m not a fan of the theory of hiding veggies in foods, I definitely add them to many items.
Why don’t I hide the veggies? Yes, it gets kids to eat them…for a time. But in my mind – and this is just my theory – that also teaches kids that veggies are something they won’t like or want to avoid because they are hidden in foods. And there’s also a lack of trust that develops from kids when parents hide veggies in foods and don’t tell them or lie about it. Do I put veggies in foods my kids eat that may not be the most traditional ways? Absolutely. Do they know that they’re in there? Yup.
I don’t like raw eggs, but they make for great ingredients in a ton of dishes. I don’t like plain cinnamon, but I add it to many things. Raw garlic? Same thing. Veggies? They can often make great ingredients and additions to dishes, and that’s how I want my kids to view them, though admittedly they are pretty good veggie eaters when I serve them up in a more traditional manner, too. Hmmm maybe one leads to the other? Nahhhh, I’m just lucky!
Trying to figure out where to put your veggies? Beyond the protein power smoothie bowl, there are many places to add veggies that complement flavors well. And go ahead, tell your kids that there are veggies in what they’re eating. The first time Mister Man ate a green smoothie (strawberries hide the color well, pineapple not so much), I had him close his eyes to drink it to start because mentally he couldn’t get past the color of the smoothie. Once he realized it tasted amazing, he had no issues with it.
So what are some items where you can easily add veggies? These are SEVEN of my favorite additions to recipes I make at home all the time where I toss in extra veggies, and everyone’s happy:
- Roast or saute carrots and add them to your spaghetti sauce
- Chop spinach leaves and add them and diced onion to your meatballs to go with that spaghetti
- Add cauliflower and parsnips to your mashed potatoes
- Shred carrots or zucchini (or both!) and add them to your muffin batter.
- Steam or saute spinach and shredded carrots and puree, then add to your hamburger
- Make pumpkin waffles. Kids think they’re having a treat, which is a bonus!
- Use avocados in your pudding or smoothies
Or, of course, add veggies to your smoothie. I add spinach almost every day because I keep a big bag of it in my fridge at all times, but kale (if you have a high power blender) works well, too, as does avocado (and makes for a super creamy smoothie). I’ve also added leftover steamed carrots before, and they turn out great.
The protein power smoothie with Sir Bananas™ though? That was awesome. Here’s my problem. As much as I buy bananas all.the.time. (or so it seems), I constantly seem to end up with bananas in two stages: too green for anyone but me to eat by themselves or too ripe to use for anything but banana bread. I have no idea how they go from one to the other with no in between.
But that’s where the smoothies with Sir Bananas™ are perfect. The banana puree is already in the milk, so I don’t have to worry about how ripe – or not ripe – the bananas are. I can just whip it up – literally – and serve up a nutrition packed protein power smoothie bowl.
Protein Power Smoothie Bowl
Making the smoothie bowl is easy. I love the combination of strawberries and bananas, so that is what I tend to choose for this one. I shared my red, white and blue smoothie bowl awhile ago, so you can get an idea for how versatile this type of recipe is. Feel free to mix it up so that it is the perfect fit for your taste buds.
My secret to a nice thick smoothie – a must if you’re making a smoothie bowl or everything will just fall to the bottom – is to put my fruit in the freezer the night before I plan to make my smoothie. That means I don’t have to add as much ice (if any) when making my smoothie, which suits me just fine!
The ingredients for the protein power smoothie bowl are easy peasy. All you need is Sir Bananas™ Bananamilk, a scoop of protein powder, 8-10 frozen strawberries (my blender purees everything really well, so I leave the green tops on for more nutrition but remove them if yours isn’t strong enough for that), 2 fresh strawberries, a banana, baby spinach, coconut flakes, flax seeds, and some granola (yes, I use my homemade granola – it’s perfect for this, but use whatever you have on hand).
The Sir Bananas™ Bananamilk, protein powder, baby spinach, frozen strawberries, and half the banana go into the blender, and set the other ingredients to the side for topping your protein power smoothie bowl.
With your blender off and the speed set to the lowest, add the Bananamilk to your blender and turn the power on to the lowest speed. Add the protein powder then the baby spinach. Place the cover on the blender and add the frozen strawberries through the hole in the cap, along with the banana half.
Slowly turn the speed up to blend the ingredients into a smoothie. Stop once all ingredients are liquefied before it gets to thin from the heat generated by the motor and friction. If it is too thin, add 2-3 ice cubes and repeat the process of blending until it is a thickness that will support the toppings.
Pour the smoothie into a bowl.
Slice the remaining banana half and place on one side of the bowl over the smoothie. Do the same with the strawberry. Sprinkle the flax seeds along an edge and add the coconut in the same manner. Finally, add the granola to an open spot, and serve immediately with a spoon.
This protein power smoothie bowl is the perfect combination of smooth and crunchy with a variety of flavors and textures that keep my kids coming back for more! Feel free to mix it up and create your own favorite and tell me what you found works best in your family.
- 1/2 c milk
- 1 scoop protein powder
- 1/2 c baby spinach leaves
- 8 large frozen strawberries
- 1 banana
- 2 fresh strawberries, sliced
- 3 T shredded coconut
- 2 T flax seeds
- 1/4 c granola
- Place milk in blender and turn speed to low. Add protein powder and spinach leaves, then add top to the blender.
- Feed frozen strawberries into blender through the top one at a time, then add half the banana. Turn up speed until smoothie is blended and smooth.
- Pour smoothie into bowl. Slice the remaining half banana and place on top of the smoothie. Slice strawberries and add to the bowl. Add flax seeds, coconut, and granola in their own sections.
- Serve immediately.
Note: Place strawberries and half the banana in the freezer overnight to ensure a thick smoothie that will support the toppings in the smoothie bowl. If too thin, add 2-3 ice cubes and blend again.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 673 Total Fat: 23g Saturated Fat: 8g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 14g Cholesterol: 15mg Sodium: 238mg Carbohydrates: 82g Fiber: 19g Sugar: 36g Protein: 42g