The Case for Smoothie Bowls and Why I Hate the "D" Word

Hi friends!! Happy Friday! SO excited to finally get to jot down a blog post this week. Summer vacation has been brutal. Besides the heat firing up our Pitta dosha {more on this to come!}, having two kiddos at home both wanting to do things with me leaves not much down time and lots more "always on" time. "Sorry 3pm date with chocolate and tea, it looks like we're going to have to reschedule. Again." But, I am absolutely LOVING getting to spend time with them making sweet summertime memories... despite all the crazy! But, today is a "two-fer" Friday... I'm going to chat about smoothie bowls and the harmful, no good, very bad, "D" word. 

Thick and delicious. A meal you eat with your eyes and a spoon. Slow down and savor the energizing mood boost you get from this "super bowl."

Thick and delicious. A meal you eat with your eyes and a spoon. Slow down and savor the energizing mood boost you get from this "super bowl."

First up. The smoothie bowl. So, I was on Insta, scrolling through my feed, nursing Emma, you know, the usual and one of my fav bloggers wrote something like, "What's the deal with these smoothie bowls? Isn't the point of making a smoothie to have a quick and easy nutritious breakfast?" I nearly gasped! Smoothie bowls are wonderful. But then I picked my jaw back up off of the floor and thought, well, hmm... I guess that is a point. So what good are smoothie bowls? Well LOTS good, that's what. Allow me to make the case for my beloved smoothie bowls:

Show your body some love and savor a sweet, nutrient-dense smoothie bowl.

Show your body some love and savor a sweet, nutrient-dense smoothie bowl.

  1. You eat them with a spoon. Big whoop, right?! Well, absolutely right! Heck yes, let me tell you why eating a smoothie with a spoon is such a big deal. It makes the process of eating more mindful. You sit down, slow down and get to enjoy your bowl of goodness. This leads to actually chewing your smoothie, especially if you topped it with even more healthy, crunchy goodies, which then leads to better digestion and assimilation of nutrients as your body prepares for a meal. Versus, mindlessly sucking down a smoothie through a straw on your way out the door. Late to work. Again. In which case your body is like, "Hey, what is this? A drink? A ton of bricks? Food? Ahh! I don't know. Alert alert!" And bam, you get a belly ache and your brain never got the message you had eaten a meal so you're hungry 30 minutes later. Hello stress and weight gain. {Of course, there are ways to mindfully enjoy a smoothie from a straw. I do it often! But, I always take my time, chew my smoothie and make sure that I'm mindfully "eating it" and not simply slurping it down... which is tempting because they're super yummy.}
  2. Smoothie bowls are THICK. Made with less liquid, only about 1/4 - 1/2 cup, smoothies seem MORE satisfying with less liquid. This tricks your brain into thinking it's more satiating therefore, you stay fuller and more satisfied even longer. Want to further outsmart your brain? Eat it from a smaller bowl, so it seems like you have so much more and the toppings start falling off. Looks crazy indulgent but is much smaller and less calorically dense so your waistline will thank you!
  3. Smoothie bowls are aesthetically pleasing. I am a firm believer that pretty food tastes better. So much so that maybe that should be the name of my blog... I mean, I just came up with that, but maybe... Ok, focus. Wait, quick, funny story, I had a yoga teacher from Brazil and she would say "focus" in class a lot and it'd always make me giggle and not "focus" because her pronunciation was "F*CK-us". Ha! Ok, now really, where were we? Right. I ONLY eat pretty things. It's gotta have some color and vibrancy or I don't want it. Unless I'm hangry, then I'm pretty close to taking a bite out of the nearest small child... Don't judge. 😂 

There you have it. Smoothie bowls ARE important. And they DO make sense. Maybe even better sense than the traditional mason jar smoothie. Agree?

Empower yourself and improve your vocabulary by ditching the "D" word and just eat healthy.

Empower yourself and improve your vocabulary by ditching the "D" word and just eat healthy.

Now, the "D" word. DIET. Ugh, I cringe at that word. Words have power and this one is charged with so much negativity and bad memories. DIET means you have to stop eating what you love so you can be skinny. Be acceptable. Look good in a bikini. It means you have to starve yourself to be the you that will finally be happy and perfect. You see? That word SUCKS. It means deprivation. It means self-hate. It's a bad, bad word. Just ditch it. Get rid of it. Shake it out. It's harmful. I don't want my children to hear that evil dirty little word. I heard it from my mom when I was a little girl and it set me up for many years with a torturous relationship with food. I thought to lose weight you had to "shrink your stomach" by eating tiny portions or eating nothing at all... if you were strong enough to do that. Just a slice of toast, she would say. No butter. Maybe crackers later if you couldn't stand the hunger anymore. I'd watch my already slender mom say she was dieting and not eat hardly anything at all and wonder why I couldn't be strong enough to be thin like her. To have the will-power. Which made me feel bad and turn to food for comfort. Which set me up on a vicious cycle where I was never good enough. {Don't get me wrong, I LOVE my mom. She loved me more than anything in this whole, entire world. She just didn't know better. But, when you know better, YOU DO BETTER. Now, you know. So please do better. Use your power wisely.} I knew nothing about healthy eating or that you could eat in abundance following a plant-based diet and never feel hungry again. Don't put that same burden on the little ears that hear your negative self-talk and the little eyes that are watching your every move because they so look up to you and hope to be just like you one day. Make the conscious effort to stop that vicious cycle right here. Right now. Omit that dangerous, and severely damaging "D" word from your vocabulary. Free yourself from its weight. You're beautiful. You're worth it. And most importantly, those little ones are worth it. OK, off my soapbox now. But I will leave you with this:

Make the decision to eat healthy because you love yourself. 

Make the decision to eat healthy because you love yourself. 

Next time you are tempted by those french fries or that double cheeseburger, pause for a moment. Remember, you aren't on a diet anymore. You are eating healthy. You make beautiful, healthful food decisions from love. Not fear. You could eat that french fry or that greasy cheeseburger if you wanted to. But today, you choose not to. You don't want to. Today, you want to eat that crisp, in-season romaine lettuce with crunchy heirloom carrots and juicy tomatoes fresh from the farmer's market. You want to fuel your muscles with omega-rich, wild-caught salmon or organic hemp hearts so you feel strong and energized. You skip the ranch dressing today because you know you'll feel so much better with just a squeeze of lemon and a drizzle of olive oil. You enjoy the bright, fresh flavors of nature's finest ingredients tantalizing your palette. You are empowered. You are free. You are eating healthy. 

Now give yourself a big hug and make this smoothie bowl. :)