Clean eating never tasted so good! These Carrot Cake Smoothie Bowls are a balanced breakfast, but they taste like dessert!
I was asked to participate in the #TasteTruvia campaign as a member of the Healthy Aperture Blogger network. I was compensated for my time, but as always, all opinions are my own.
I’m totally dating myself here, but a million years ago, there was a television ad for Alka-Seltzer called “I can’t believe I ate the whole thing”. That’s kind of how I’m feeling after the holidays. I try to keep it as healthy as possible for as long as possible, but by about the time December 20 rolls around, I start sneaking the cookies and candy, and then the company arrives, and there are the dinners out. And my kids love to make their big bacon, eggs, and hash brown breakfasts – with a big side of fruit, of course. And then there are the cheese boards, with things I rarely eat – like peppered salami. And the wine. Lots of wine. So, by early January, when the last of them has been dropped at the airport, I’m ready to jump back on the clean eating bandwagon.
The best way to reboot your body after the holidays, or anytime you need a diet reset, is to get back to basics. Aim to eat at least a half plate of fresh fruits and vegetables with each meal (and snack!), and include a small portion of lean protein, like fish, chicken, or tempeh. Cut out all refined (AKA, white) flour/sugar foods, and choose only whole grains like oats, quinoa, or any other ancient grains. Eat a handful of nuts every day, use fresh herbs and dried spices liberally, and drink LOTS of water or herbal teas.
If the thought of going cold turkey and cutting out sugar after the holiday feasting is too much – these Carrot Cake Smoothie Bowls will make the transition completely painless. They’re full of lots, and I mean, LOTS of healthy ingredients, and just lightly sweetened with Truvia Natural Sweetener.
Truvia is a natural, great-tasting, ZERO-calorie sweetener made from the sweetest part of the stevia leaf. I love that it comes in a spoonable jar. It sprinkles just like sugar and adds just the right amount of sweetness to this smoothie bowl – or anything else that needs a little sweetening. Truvia makes it so much easier for everyone to make smarter choices and limit added sugar in your diet.
By the way – if you’re not familiar with the smoothie bowl – it’s kind of like a kicked up version of a smoothie, with pretty toppings. You eat it in a bowl instead of drinking it through a straw. Because isn’t everything better in a bowl and with a spoon?
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- 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
- 1 large carrot peeled and shredded
- 1 cup chopped pineapple
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon Truvia Natural Sweetener or more to taste
- 1 scoop unflavored protein powder
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk or any other low fat/nonfat milk
- 1/4 cup raisins
- 2 tablespoons shredded coconut
- 1/4 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
- additional shredded carrot or chopped pineapple optional
Combine the oats, carrot, pineapple, 2 tablespoons coconut, cinnamon, nutmeg, Truvia sweetener, protein powder and milk in a blender.
Blend well until the mixture is smooth.
Pour into 2 bowls, and add raisins, additional coconut and nuts.
The smoothie mixture can be made ahead of time, and stored in a covered container in the refrigerator. Add toppings just before eating.
Are you rebooting your diet after the holidays? Have you tried any smoothie bowls?