Minty Pea & Avocado Smoothie Bowl
Are you on board the smoothie bowl train yet? I’ll admit that it took me a while, but now I’m into it and there’s a pretty strong chance that you could get into it too!
A smoothie bowl, for those who are unfamiliar, is exactly what it sounds like – a smoothie in a bowl.
I know what you’re thinking: why would I sit down to eat something with a spoon when I can just as easily (no, more easily!) drink it from a cup and multi-task a bit?
I hear you. That was my concern as well.
However, after seeing gorgeous smoothie bowls posted all over Instagram (<- seriously, how beautiful are they?!) I just had to try one out for myself, so this minty pea and avocado smoothie bowl was born.
Again, I know what you’re thinking: why on earth would I put peas and avocados in my smoothie and again, why would I eat them from a bowl?
And again, I hear you. Just trust me on this.
A smoothie bowl tends to be a little thicker than a regular smoothie, which is why it works to eat it with a spoon rather than suck it up through a straw. This one in particular is not your typical super sweet and fruit-filled smoothie, but rather one with more of a fresh and earthy taste. An extra dose of vegetables right away in the morning is never a bad thing.
I know the flavor combination might sound odd, but it works. At least I think it works, but maybe I am weird? You’ll have to try it out and let me know.
The stars of the smoothie bowl are the mint, peas, and avocado.
- Mint: a great way to promote digestion. Fresh herbs just help everything taste better and brighter.
- Peas: a strong source of protein with about 8.5 gram per cup! They are packed with fiber and have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Also, they are surprisingly sweet.
- Avocados: another nutrient-dense food that is filled with various vitamins and minerals, along with fiber, potassium, and heart-healthy fats. They help make the smoothie thick and creamy. Plus, avocados are amazing.
The remaining ingredients are also pretty powerful. With things like coconut water, lemon, cucumber, spinach, and bananas how can you really go wrong?
After blending up all the ingredients, you can pour it in a bowl and top it with whatever your heart desires, which is really the highlight of the smoothie bowl phenomenon. I chose to top mine with almond butter, banana, blueberries, and chia seeds. It may not look nearly as beautiful (or intense) as these, but it still made me happy.
- 1 cup coconut water (or milk)
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 1 avocado
- ½ cucumber, cut into chunks
- 2 cups spinach
- ¼ cup fresh mint leaves
- 1 cup frozen peas
- ½ frozen banana, cut into chunks
- Optional toppings: banana, blueberries, almond butter, chia seeds, hemp hearts, honey, etc
- Add everything to a blender and blend until smooth.
- Pour into a bowl and top with delicious, healthy toppings like banana slices, frozen blueberries, chia seeds, and almond butter.
- All these ingredients can be a lot to fit into a blender, so I make this in two batches. You could also split the ingredients in half to make just 1 serving at a time.
- This can be made the night before. I’ll stick one bowl in the refrigerator for the next morning and the other portion in the freezer for the day after that. Just don’t forget to thaw the frozen one overnight!
- If you just finished a morning workout, you may want to add a scoop of protein powder to help with muscle recovery.
If you are interested in a meal planning guide for runners, make sure to look into our A Runner’s Week of Good Eats.