Avocado Spinach Smoothie Bowl

Call me a rebel but I like eating salad for breakfast. Spinach is the featured ingredient in this smoothie bowl because it is a champion at providing many vitamins and minerals including the following inflammation-fighters: vitamins K, A, C and B6. It’s also an excellent source of folate, magnesium, calcium and iron. I included vitamin C-rich strawberries to help with iron absorption. Most uniquely, spinach contains various plant compounds including kaempferol, which has been shown to reduce the risk of cancer, and nitrates, which have been shown to decrease blood pressure.

Avocado is the other green superfood featured in this breakfast bowl. A meta-analysis published earlier this year concluded that including avocado in our diets can assist in lowering total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Also, its omega-3 content can help lower inflammation.

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P.S. This smoothie bowl is banana-free! Previously, frozen bananas were my not-so-secret ingredient for achieving a thick consistency, however, in an effort to decrease my banana consumption I have discovered dairy-free yogurt makes a great alternative. Do you have other ideas for replacing frozen bananas? Let me know in the comments below!

Ingredients:

  • 2 handfuls of spinach (organic if possible)
  • 0.5 avocado
  • 0.5 cup dairy-free yogurt (I use plain or vanilla coconut milk yogurt)
  • 1 scoop pea protein powder
  • dash of liquid like almond milk for easier blending (less liquid = thicker smoothie and, therefore, less sinking toppings)
  • toppings: plum, strawberry (organic), cacao nibs, & spearmint

spinach avo smoothie bowl side view

How to:

  1. Plan and prep your toppings so they are ready for decorating.
  2. Blend spinach, avocado, and yogurt together using a blender or food processor.
  3. Add protein powder and liquid (only enough to blend completely).
  4. Pour (or scoop) thick smoothie into a bowl. TIP: If I want it colder I sometimes pop it in the freezer now for about 20 minutes as I get myself ready for the day OR place a few ice cubes at the bottom of the bowl. Sneaky, right?
  5. Decorate with toppings and admire your work of art.

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PCOS Powers:

  • spinach = anti-inflammatory, low glycemic index, anti-cancer effects, excellent source of iron, magnesium, & calcium, avoid large amounts if prone to kidney stones or taking blood thinners
  • avocado = anti-inflammatory, low glycemic index, high in fiber, may help lower LDL “bad” cholesterol and maintain normal serum total cholesterol levels, contains glutathione which has anti-carcinogenic properties and may boost immunity
  • pea protein = helps decrease high cholesterol, manage blood sugar levels, helps build lean muscle mass
  • low glycemic fruits (plums and strawberries) = help maintain blood sugar levels

Avocado Spinach Smoothie Bowl (Vegan, Gluten-free)

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44 Comments Add yours

  1. roger says:

    Looks and sounds great. Great write up! Where did you get strawberries that are not completely white inside? Off to get mom’s eye fixed so she can see all of my beauty!

    Date: Wed, 15 Jun 2016 06:04:38 +0000 To: roger.cutler@hotmail.com

    1. Thanks, Dad! The strawberries are on the red side which was pleasing (organic from Cali which I bought at a local produce store, and some photo editing). Good luck at the doc! Xoxo

  2. giftcomber says:

    This looks so very healthy and yummy!!

  3. YUM! I’m a sucker for smoothie bowls, pinning now 🙂

    1. Thank you for sharing my recipe!

  4. Raquel says:

    Looks yummy. Gotta try this.

    1. Let me know how it goes! OR better yet snap and tag me in a pic 😉 http://www.instagram.com/phruitfuldish

  5. Appreciate how you provide how each ingredient is good for you. And this looks delicious.

    1. Glad you appreciate it! Part of my mission is to show how something we do everyday (eat!) can be healing us or preventing disease at the same time 🙂

  6. Roxanne says:

    I see smoothie bowls are all the rage now! I am going to have to try one soon- this one looks so good!

    1. One trend I fully support! I kind of relate them to healthy fro-yo, toppings n all. Or a smoothie you can eat instead of drink 🙂

  7. Fabi Blogger says:

    I’ve always wanted to try smoothie bowls, but this is the first recipe I think I could like. I’m always looking for a healthy and quick breakfast option, and this sounds great! What are your favorite fruit toppings for this smoothie bowl?

    -Fabi at Wonder Fabi

    1. Awesome! I am thrilled this recipe resonates with you 🙂 I honestly top with whatever I have on hand (and even have fun shopping for new toppings that will be nutritious and beautiful). Chia seeds seem to make their way on almost all my smoothie bowls. Then, a colorful fruit like kiwi, dragonfruit or strawberries (in season!). Granola is a fun one which adds some crunch 🙂 Love getting creative! Enjoy.

  8. kage2015 says:

    Can’t wait to try this never had one before

    1. Smoothie bowls changed my breakfast game forever! 🙂 😉

  9. I’ve recently gotten into salads for breakfast, too! I never thought to put them in a smoothie bowl, though. Sounds amazing!!!

    1. Awesome! I just feel anything with greens is associated with salads but really we can eat them anytime of the day and mixed into anything for extra nutrients 🙂 Thanks for popping by!

  10. FrugalMama says:

    Oh this looks delicious! I’m smoothie obsessed these days & you’ve incorporated some of my absolute favorites in this one! I also love how you noted the health benefits of each ingredient…so informative! Nonnomnom!! ~ Alea {FrugalNesting.com}

    1. Thank you! Sharing the health benefits is my favourite aspect of blogging so I am happy you enjoy it too 🙂

  11. have always beena fan of your smoothies. another great recipe. thanks.,

  12. Erica says:

    I am ALWAYS in the mood for avocado….looks yummy!

    1. I know, right?! Avocado is my favourite food I think…

  13. Love this combination – looks delish!

  14. Looks so good! I love the mix ins for some different textures 🙂

  15. Ginger Marie says:

    YES! I love a good smoothie bowl.

  16. Catrin - theVeganista says:

    Looks lovely, really need to try it!!

    1. Thank you! Please let me know if you do try it! Would love to see your creation 🙂 #phruitfuldish

  17. Hi! I’ve just started out my own Vegan Cooking blog and it was blogs like yours that really inspired me to get started. I would love it if you could give mine a look! many thanks xx https://rosegoldvegan.wordpress.com/

  18. stacystreuli says:

    That looks really yummy!!

  19. This looks like a delicious way to start the day! I’m interested in this dairy free yogurt as a base instead of a banana! Looks beautiful 🙂

  20. oh man! I need to get the fuse in my blender changed now! This sounds incredible!

  21. karyld2016 says:

    This looks really good! I have the same smoothie every day, but this looks like a great way to mix it up and add some more fruits. Thanks for sharing

  22. Yum! I make a similar smoothie with spinach, avocado, pineapple, Greek yogurt and almond milk. It’s delicious!!

  23. Such a delicious avo smoothie bowl! I’m drooling over my keyboard!

  24. tpicou10 says:

    This is such a creative recipe. It looks healthy but still very yummy!

  25. Ahead of Thyme says:

    I love smoothie bowls! This looks so delicious!

  26. This sounds delicious. I love that you don’t use banana here. I’ve never been a fan of bananas in smoothies.

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