Almond Joy™️ Smoothie Bowl

When we move into a more mindful lifestyle, it is necessary to find alternatives to our favorite cravings. Otherwise we might find ourselves tempted by the plethora of colorfully wrapped garbage in the check-out line of the grocery store. It’s a weekly struggle I got over a long time ago.

How?

Two things. I stopped going to the store stoned and starving. I also started creating some of the alternatives, and thought it might be nice to share.

I wouldn’t recommend ripping up one of these as a daily deal, but if we are careful with the array of toppings, we can curb our sweet tooth, fill our tummy, have some fun, and keep it under 400 calories, which is perfect for a breakfast meal.

I’ve said it before and I’ll continue to say it for the hard-heads in the back row; recovery is way more than counting days, and abstaining from our drugs or booze. Recovery includes our bodies, brains and spirits. Food can be our friend or our foe/faux. It can make us tick or make us sick. It can give us life or the opposite. It just fucking matters.

I don’t live a perfect nutritional life, obviously. I love cake. I love cookies. I love pasta. I love ice cream. I really love pizza.

I love that because of these smarter alternatives, I can avoid those more often than not.

This was, of course, inspired by things I had in the freezer and the pantry that needed to go. Have we met?? That’s been the M.O. since my most humble foodie beginnings when I had to work with what was available. Options were often limited.

You’ll be able to find all the ingredients for this fairly easily, with maybe the exception of the chocolate coconut covered almonds. I ran into those at ALDI. If you don’t have an ALDI near you, I highly suggest moving. The cash you save on food will pay for the relocation. Don’t worry!!

I know you want one of these today, or at least this week, and I’m definitely not my overly chatty self right now, so let’s jump right in.

What You Need:

For the “Nice Cream”

2 frozen bananas, sliced

2 scoops chocolate protein powder

1 c or more of coconut milk

The toppers:

Chocolate coconut granola

Almond slivers

Shredded coconut

Chia seeds

Chocolate coconut almonds

I had half of a LARA chocolate coconut bar, so I cubed it up and added it.

What You Do:

To your blender, add the bananas, protein powder, coconut milk, and a bit of the shredded coconut.

Blend until smooth but still thick. If you need a bit more milk, add it to the consistency you like, but if you plan to take pretty pics, it needs to be thick to hold up your toppings.

Use a spatula to transfer it into a bowl.

Cover this chocolate coconut “nice” cream with your toppings and dive in. Try not to stick your entire face in there.

I had a real hard time withholding in order to photograph this beauty…

So rich and delicious with thousands of textures, it seems. Let me know in the comments if you try it, or even better, tell me one of your fave creations or tips on how to curb cravings. I’d love to hear from you!!

Stay strong in your pursuits, people. Nourish yourself lovingly. Know that you are very loved, safe, seen and supported.

I’ll be back soon, Loves.

XOXOXO, Chelle.

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