Monday morning after vacation and I’m easing back into things with a Sweet Chai Of Mine Smoothie Bowl! After 10 days in Colorado soaking up the sun, adventure, family time I’m trying not to get stressed with catching up with emails and work and trying to ease back into “normal” life.
We went straight from the girls last day of school to flying to Colorado and leading up to it was 10 days of soccer games and a crazy schedule so things have been crazy and I haven’t been in the kitchen much for close to a month. The girls will not only be transitioning from vacation but also from school days to summer days. On the schedule for this week is stocking the fridge with all the fresh goods, laundry, lawn work, getting the garden finished, the girls soccer and gymnastics, and get back to barre. We have a lot to do before leaving town again in less than 2 weeks. Yep summer in full swing and there is even talk of going to Switzerland for a few weeks if I can figure it out with S’s soccer tryouts as she wants to play high school and club.
A healthy energy and nutrition packed smoothie bowl and veggie bowls are what I’m craving. We ate pretty good on vacation and had lots of activity with all the hiking and walking but still craving all the veggies, smoothie bowls, and sourdough. I had cold pressed juices on vacation but they aren’t the same as smoothie bowls. Still loving my chai this one is made with Bhakti Toasted Coconut Chia (a favorite), chia seeds for an omega boost (fiber, protein, and healthy fats too), frozen bananas to make it thick and add a little sweetness and energy boost, plant-based protein and vitamins (probiotics too if I use Navitas Vanilla & Greens Essential Blend but for color and because I had probiotics I used Vega Protein Vanilla), coconut cream or coconut butter for healthy fats and fuel, and optional adaptogens and collagen depending on when I make it and my needs for the day. Then the fun toppings, toasted coconut chips as they’re still a “weakness” and edible flowers as I missed my herb wall and they brighten any day!
Again I always say most of my recipes are meant to be inspiring and customizable. If you don’t need or want protein add more bananas or chia seeds, if you soak the chia seeds you will have the best results but if time is an issue you can make it without soaking them. Additional adaptogens and collagen are optional. Pre workout or for a boost I add maca, for something in the afternoon or more relaxing I’ll add reishi or ashwagandha. All of these are optional and not required. For less fat you can omit the coconut cream and butter but again may need to add more chia or banana for thickest results. For less carbs and higher fat use less banana and more chia seeds, coconut cream, or coconut butter. Toppings are all up to you and the options are endless. Granola, muesli, fresh or dried fruit, caramelized bananas, chia seeds, cashews, coconut butter or yogurt, edible flowers, the choice is yours!
Hope you all have a great week! If you have any suggestions for getting back to regularly scheduled life after vacation I’d love to hear it. It always takes me a week or two to catch up and adjust but hoping it’s quicker this time even with all the adjustments because we leave again in less than 2 weeks.
Another Meatless Monday and next week I have a favorite I cannot wait to share with you but until then I look forward to seeing what’s happening in your kitchen and hope you link up with me and my co-host Deborah. I also hope you check out and are inspired by the recipes linked up below.
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