Protein Smoothie bowl topped with Granola, Fruit, and Nuts

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by Dea Castrejon

This last weekend, my husband participated in a relay marathon with some coworkers.  He happened to be running the first leg of the race, so the plan was for me to drop him off at the start line and pick him up at the end of his running stint.  It was also planned that the group of guys would be meeting at the finish line for “high-fives,” pictures, etc.

Anyway, I knew that it would be important to properly replenish the fluids and nutrients that my husband lost during the race, so being the wonderful wife that I am (at least I hope so!), I prepared my husband a “backyard bowl.”  I stole this term from the Santa Barbara eatery, ironically known as Backyard Bowls.  These bowls are typically filled with some sort of smoothie and then topped with an array of healthy supplements, such as seeds, fruit, or nuts.  Doesn’t this sound awesome!?!

This turned out to be the perfect treat, and it took little to no time to prepare!  Here is my rendition of a backyard bowl, but go crazy and mix it up with your favorite ingredients!

BACKYARD BOWLS

smoothie

*makes two large backyard bowls

1 banana

handful (about 1-2 cups) frozen strawberries

handful (about 1-2 cups) frozen mixed berries (blueberries, raspberries, blackberries)

1 orange, juiced

1 scoop protein powder (I use a plant based protein)

1/2-1 cup almond milk (or milk of choice)

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toppings

1/2 cup Organic Honey Pecan granola

1 tablespoon dried cranberries

1 tablespoon raw pecans

1 tablespoon pistachios

1 teaspoon chia seeds

1 tablespoon chocolate chips

1/2 nectarine, thinly sliced

1 kiwi, sliced

Blend smoothie ingredients together and pour into 2 bowls.
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Distribute topping evenly over the smoothie.  This is about as easy as it gets!  Grab a spoon and replenish!
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