Yogurt Granola Bowls – in pictures

Banana, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, sliced almonds, granola and yogurt.

granola bowl

Raspberries, blueberries, homemade granola and yogurt. With coffee.

raspberry, blueberry, granola

Mostly granola. There is yogurt under there, along with blueberries and banana.

mostly granola

Strawberries, blueberries, granola and yogurt sprinkled with coconut flakes.

strawberries, blueberries, coconut flakes, granola, yogurt

Coconut cashew granola, raspberries, blueberries and yogurt.

raspberries, bluberries, yogurt, granola

Banana, blueberries, Kind peanut butter granola and yogurt.

banana, blueberries, yogurt, granola

Yogurt on the deck.

blueberries, granola and yogurt on the deck

Noosa and granola.

Noosa and granola

Pineapple and raspberries. Chia seed granola. Yogurt.

pineapple, raspberry, granola and yogurt

Blueberries, granola, almond butter and yogurt.

blueberries, almond butter, granola, yogurt

Mostly strawberries.

All about the strawberries

Lined with blackberries and served in bed.

blackberries, strawberries, granola, yogurt

Deconstructed bowls in our boat.

pumpkin Noosa in a boat

Blackberries, strawberries, granola and yogurt.

yogurt art

Blueberries, yogurt and granola bowl in the morning sun.

half blueberries, half granola

 

Tropical Coconut Matcha Smoothie

Another yummy smoothie recipe to share! Made with healthy (and pretty popular right now) Matcha green tea powder and packed with protein from the yogurt (13 grams per serving) this smoothie is guaranteed to keep you going until lunch. It worked for me and I’m always hungry right now!

“The health benefits of matcha tea exceed those of green tea because when you drink matcha you ingest the whole leaf, not just the brewed water. One glass of matcha is the equivalent of 10 glasses of green tea in terms of its nutritional value and antioxidant content.” (Source)

Tropical Coconut Matcha Smoothie

Tropical Coconut Matcha Smoothie

  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 – 6 ounce containers Siggi’s coconut yogurt
  • 1 cup frozen pineapple chunks
  • 1 large frozen banana, broken into chunks
  • 2 tablespoons flaked coconut (plus 1 tablespoon for garnishing)
  • 2 teaspoons matcha green tea powder

Method

  • Place all ingredients in a high speed blender in the order listed. Run on “smoothie” setting. Serves 2.

Smoothie Pina Colada

In my thoughts I had named this smoothie “Tropical Smoothie” but that’s before I tasted it. I always clean the blender before I enjoy my morning smoothie, so before taking my first sip Travis made an announcement. “It’s like a smoothie pina colada,” he said. Duh, YES. I totally thought of that first. Hello.

This yogurt is thick and rich and made better by whirling it into a smoothie. Then you have yogurt perfection. (there I go stealing lines again)

coconut yogurt

The yogurt is full-fat (13 grams per serving) and I’m sure that’s part of reason it kept me full until lunch. The protein in the almond milk and the banana and pineapple in there helped too!

smoothie pina colada

Where’s the rum?

Smoothie Pina Colada

For 2 smoothies:

  • 2 cups unsweetened, vanilla almond milk
  • 1 cup frozen pineapple chunks
  • 1 large banana, frozen and broken into chunks
  • 2 containers of Liberte coconut yogurt perfection (hahaha)

Method

  • Place all ingredients in high power blender on “smoothie” setting. ENJOY responsibly! 🙂

Honey Orange Cleanse

Honey Orange Cleanse

This smoothie is SO refreshing and good! I don’t know what came over me – the smoothie or the fact my spring break starts today at 4:45pm when class is over – but when I got on the treadmill today I bumped it up 2 levels on intensity and changed the speed from my normal 4.0 setting to 4.2! I power walked 4 miles and burned almost 500 calories! Come on bikini season!

Honey Orange Cleanse

  • juice from 1/2 an orange
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 1 navel orange, peeled
  • 1/4 cup sliced radishes
  • 1/2 cup pineapple, cubed
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 3 mint leaves
  • 1/2 cup ice

Method

  • Place all ingredients in the blender in the order listed and secure the lid. Turn dial to “smoothie” and let it run until it turns itself off. 
  • Recipe slightly adapted from Vitamix.

Impromptu shopping trip!

Shopping bags

Something wonderful happened!

Shopping bag

Have you guessed what it is yet???

My new Vitamix

I-got-a-brand-new-Vitamix!!!

Travis and I were out shopping at Short Pump Mall last Saturday and after lunch at Firebirds (love their crabcake salad!) we decided to walk into Williams Sonoma. I originally went inside to look at their pepper grinders because mine broke last week and we walked out with about everything but a pepper grinder!

We got a Vitamix 7500…which was an upgrade from the one I had been hinting about. He said if I was going to spend that much money why not spend a little more and get the best one? Love his logic sometimes! We also got some glass jars for storage and for smoothie drinking (they were on sale 20% off). I got a meat thermometer. I can’t believe that I have NEVER owned one! Lastly, but not least, we got an espresso machine. I’m not as into coffee recently and my boyfriend loves lattes and espresso so we have decided to put the coffee maker in the cabinet for use during dinners and family get-together’s and use the espresso machine on a daily basis.

I’ve been dreaming for months of all the possible smoothie combos with kale, apples, raspberries, spinach, oranges, ginger, fresh herbs, lemons, pineapple and of course bananas…now I can make all the concoctions happen!!

Thank you Travis!!!

Spinach, pineapple smoothie

Spinach Pineapple Smoothie

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup fresh pineapple, cubed
  • 1 large handful baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup ice
  • 1 teaspoon flax seed
  • 2 teaspoons or so local honey

Method

  • Put all ingredients in Vitamix in the order listed. Turn dial to smoothie. Pour into large glass and enjoy!