Smoothies in January? WHO AM I. Hear me out though. This smoothie has all the winter feels. And it’s the refreshing breakfast or snack your body is craving right about now after all the delicious baked goods over the holidays. This anti inflammatory berry ginger smoothie bowl is filling, healing and calling your name my friends.
I’ll be completely honest, I am a total smoothie girl. Yes, I’m that annoying person that puts spinach in their smoothies, craves them after workouts and is always stocked with essential toppings.
Your girl loves smoothies. Sometimes they can get a bad rap for not really being a filling breakfast, boring, bland or “juice” like. All of those things are complete opposite of the smoothies that go down in the TNK kitchen.
The key is what you add to your smoothies, pair with them and methods for achieving that desired thickness. I don’t like to drink my food either. It’s all about THICK smoothie BOWLS that I can eat with a spoon and layer with all the delicious fiber filled cereal, granola and nut butter.
I have also found that many people enjoy implementing smoothies to start their day when they wake up not craving breakfast. It’s such an EASY way to get in some nutrients after a morning workout or simple to start your day feelin damn good. The morning sets the tone for the rest of the day, and I truly value how I spend that time. Including the nourishing breakfast that will bring comfort, energy and sustainable macronutrients.
Okay I’m actually going to keep this post short and sweet with some nutritious details and insight on the recipe below so you have more time to go make this RIGHT NOW. Like seriously why are you still reading? Go blend baby.
Anti Inflammatory Berry Ginger Smoothie Bowl Nutritious Details
Protein: When it comes to smoothies adding a protein source is crucial for me. Especially if it’s after a workout or I’m having for breakfast. It balances out the meal, refuels and keeps the body more full. You all know I love and partner with Ancient Nutrition brand which is great for anyone who can’t process whey based powders or has digestive issues. I adore their bone broth protein powders and used the vanilla flavor this one! There is no finny business ingredients in their powders either which is really nice. They also have a ton of collagen based protein powders and I love to add a flavored version to add a little va va voom to the smoothie.
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Anti Inflammatory Spices: Did you know cinnamon is anti inflammatory? It’s one of my FAVORITE essential spices to have on hand and I add it to almost all my baked goods and even some savory dishes. It’s a natural source of anti inflammation meaning GOOD DIGESTION FOR YOU, recovery and immunity boosting. There is also ginger in this recipe to add to the digestive properties. You can either use powdered ginger (no shame) or freshly grated. Either works!
Apple Cider Vinegar: One of my favorite household staples. I LOVE adding apple cider vinegar to smoothies not only for the digestive properties but it adds a great refreshing factor the smoothie flavor. All you need is a tablespoon and I promise it won’t be overwhelming. This is great to have in the morning and start adding to smoothies, especially if it’s too intense to take a shot of it on its own. That ish is strong.
Nut Butter: Hello healthy fats. Do not fear fat my friends. I am pretty sure we are past that low fat fad by now right? The healthy fats from almond butter in this recipe are only going to help your body absorb essential micronutrients and will give you sustainable energy. Fats take longer to digest meaning it will help keep you full longer and not craving a cookie 30 minutes after breakfast. I love adding a tablespoon of almond butter to this smoothie and drizzling a little but on top too. Not to mention it’s damn delicious.
Fiber Filled Carbs & Toppings: The bulk of this recipe is made up of frozen berries and banana. Aka fiber filled fruits perfect for post workout recovery or to start your day with some energizing carbs. The toppings also come in handy here. I like to add some low sugar granola or cereal for crunchy toppings that also pack in some fiber.
Thickness Method: In order to get a less liquidy smoothie, it’s important you’re using FROZEN fruits and frozen riced caulilower. I promise you won’t taste the cauliflower! It’s such a sneaky easy way to get in vegetables and will add an amazing texture to the smoothie bowl. Also careful not to add to much cashew milk. I only use 1/2 cup, creating a great thick smoothie you can eat with a spoon and still get everything blended to perfection.
- 1 cup frozen berry blend (blueberries, raspberries, cherries)
- 1 small frozen banana, overripe
- ½ cup frozen riced cauliflower (or frozen grated zucchini)
- ½ tsp cinnamon + dash of ginger (fresh or ground)
- 1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
- ½ cup vanilla cashew milk (or almond milk)
- 1 scoop bone broth vanilla protein*
- Handful of spinach (optional)
- 1 Tbsp. almond butter
- Topping Options: favorite cereal/granola, nuts/seeds, sliced fruit, nut butter
- Blend all ingredients except for toppings into a high powered blender until smooth. Careful not to add too much liquid if you want to achieve a nice thickness to the smoothie! Pour into a bowl or large cup and top/layer with heart cereal of choice, nut butter or sliced berries, etc.