If you’re following me on Instagram, or you’re lucky enough to know me in real life you probably know how extra I am (especially when it comes to holidays). I’ve always loved holidays, but I’ve taken it up a few notches since I became a mom. It doesn’t matter if it’s Christmas, Easter or Superbowl Sunday I’m usually making an elaborate and unnecessary spread. I think I’ve calmed down a bit now that I’m working full-time since I have a lot less time, but I used to get pretty crazy. I remember Gray’s first Superbowl Sunday, I made three types of cookies, apple nachos, shrimp skewers, carne asada nachos, veggies nachos and fruit skewers-AND IT WAS JUST FOR ME AND MY HUBBY! Ridiculous.
I also love making festive breakfasts on holiday mornings, but we don’t always feel like something super heavy. My husband and I are both trying to eat healthier, and Valentine’s Day is on a Wednesday so I am not going to have time to cook up some fancy breakfast. I typically have a smoothie every morning so I wanted to come up with a pink smoothie bowl that would be semi-festive and delicious. I usually use a couple standard smoothie bowl bases, but this one was totally different for my usual bases. Toppings are another fun way to switch it up, and the possibilities are ENDLESS.
The thing I love about this smoothie bowl is that it’s SO simple and easy to make. Since the raspberries made the smoothie bowl tart, I opted for almond butter (instead of my usual peanut butter) to balance out the flavors. Like I mentioned in my green smoothie bowl recipe, I make our smoothies in single serve Ninja cups so my recipes only serve one. If you use a standard blender, you can just double or triple the recipe to make more.
Let’s talk superfoods. I try to add at least one superfood/superfood powder in my smoothies. I added Maca powder to this smoothie since I’ve been trying to incorporate it into my diet. In case you’ve never heard of it, Maca powder is a root vegetable that’s high in antioxidants and nutrients. It’s been shown to enhance sexual health and libido, improve energy, mood and memory and balance hormone levels. I don’t know about you, but I haven’t met a fellow mama who couldn’t use a little help in those areas. I topped the smoothie bowl with cacao nibs, which contain phytonutrients that increase focus and alertness and improve your mood. In case you were wondering I use this maca powder and these cacao nibs. I also used my favorite vanilla protein powder, which is non-GMO and full of vitamins and nutrients. You can definitely use a non-dairy milk instead of water, but I usually use water in my smoothies to cut down on calories.
This was my first time making this smoothie bowl, and it was even better than I expected. I hope you guys love it!
Happy early Valentine’s Day!