AVOCADO. BANANA. SPINACH. PUDDING. / by lee tilghman

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HEY GUYS.

So I used to have a food blog called “For The Love of Peanut Butter” (who remembers?!!) but I regrettably deleted it on a whim in 2010 when it was taking over my life and I was ready to focus on other things.

But here I am, 4 years later back in the game. I can’t help it, I love food so much,  and I finally feel dumb enough again to devote a whole website to my food adventures and creations. I also want to share them with my friends, cuz eating well and balanced is not impossible, it’s fun, I swear to god. At least I think it is. This isn’t a health nut site, it’s a site for someone like me who likes to eat healthy when they can but I also eat french fries and tequila and stuff like that. 

Green Avocado Pudding Bowl

So this is one of my favorite breakfasts, it’s a raw avocado banana spinach mousse/pudding bowl. 

Below are the ingredients for the beautiful green base. 

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The ingredients are interchangeable and you can add whatever you’d like, but there are a few things you shouldn’t budge on.

  • Get a Vitamix. It’s totally worth the investment. Vitamix blends your smoothies/bowls to perfection and they are so versatile and make eating like so super attainable.
  • Use brown bananas. Wait for them to begin to spot. They should start to stink up your kitchen. That’s when the starches have been released, they are MUCH sweeter, and way easier on the tummy.
  • Spinach is sweeter than kale. End of story.
  • Avocados give it a light, airy, creamy pudding-like texture.  Avocados are the main source of fat in my diet. Don’t be afraid of all the good fat.

Ingredients for base:

  • 1 kiwi (1 half to be blended in the smoothie, other half to be cut up and used as a topping)
  • 2 handfuls of spinach
  • 2 bananas, preferably FROZEN.
  • 1/3 - 1/2 an avocado, whatever you’re comfortable with.
  • 2-3 ice cubes if you want to bulk it up.

Put all your ingredients above into a Vitamix as pictured. Softer foods on the bottom.

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Blend until smooth, I blended this one for about 40 seconds.

Blend until your blender isn’t making ‘crushing noises’ anymore. That means it has reached a smooth & creamy consistency, which is what we’re going for here.

 It should look like this:image

NOW, pour it all into a bowl. It’s so pretty, I want to cry.image

See those bubbles? That’s a good sign. That means it is light and air-y. The coolest part about this recipe is that you can jiggle the pudding and it moves around in the bowl, leaving behind no green traces. It doesn’t even stick to the bowl, the consistency is crazy. 

Now for your toppings.

I went home this weekend and re-upped on some bulk bin items at my local Whole Foods. I also purchased Raw Cocoa Nibs, which I definitely suggest you try. It’s not the same as the ones you get at Juice Generation, those 1) are not raw 2) have added sugars. These ones, from International Harvest, are great. They take some time to get used to but they’re my favorite.

imageFor your toppings you can get creative, but here I added:

  • Organic Coconut Flakes
  • Crushed Pistachio Nuts
  • Chia Seeds
  • Raw Cacao Nibs
  • the other half of that kiwi.

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I also drizzled some PB on top, not pictured.

Finished PRODUCT…

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Oh, and I also made this for my lunch today:

coconut oil roasted eggplant with red quinoa, home grown basil, other half of that avocado, a dried turkish fig, and some pistachios. PRETTY.

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