Chia-Cherry Berry Smoothie Bowl

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I love a good smoothie in the morning.  Especially one packed with protein, antioxidants and lots of other good stuff.  I find them to be filling and satisfying, and a great start to the day.  Once in a while though, I wake up totally starving- super randomly- like I hadn’t eaten the day before type of hungry.  Anyone else ever feel like this?  Anyway…on those mornings, a simple light protein shake just won’t do the trick.  Thats when I usually turn to smoothie bowls.  They are thicker, creamer and I fill them with tons of fruits and toppings to satisfying my crazy appetite.

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My favorite go-to smoothie bowl is this Chia Seed Cherry-Berry Bowl.  It is filled with antioxidant rich berries and chia seeds and packed with protein.

Chia seeds are loaded with antioxidants, fiber, protein and Omega 3 fatty acids- making them a total superfood.  Cherries are also packed with antioxidants that can protect against cancer and heart disease  They are also filled with potassium and their juice is said to help speed up recovery time after a workout!

Since the smoothie bowl is thicker than its in-a-glass counterpart, you can put toppings on it without them all sinking to the bottom.

Its almost like a sundae!  ALMOST [[ it’s a lot healthier but basically just as tasty! ]]

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I like to make my smoothie bowls with a half a scoop of protein powder (I find that a full scoop can make it too chalky, but a half scoop is perfect).  Then I just add fruit and mix ins- the possibilities are endless!  My other favorite is my Carrot Cake Smoothie Bowl and I will make sure to post more of my favorites 😉

Chia-Cherry Berry Smoothie Bowl

Ingredients:

1/2 scoop of vanilla protein powder (I used Vega for this)

1 cup of frozen berries.  I used a mix of frozen cherries, blueberries and raspberries that I bought at Trader Joes.

2/3 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon chia seeds (half for inside the smoothie, half for garnish)

about 4 ice cubes

unsweetened coconut flakes (for garnish)

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Directions:

Place all ingredients in a blender (you know I love my Vitamix! ), except for the toppings and the ice.  Blend on low, and gradually increase to a higher speed- do this for about 20-30 seconds.  Then add the ice and blend for another 20-30 seconds or until ice is crushed completely and the smoothie is thick.  (Add more ice if it doesn’t look thick enough).  Transfer to a bowl, garnish with yummy toppings and ENJOY!

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XO Katrina

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