I met Lee through some friends in the clean food movement and was instantly drawn to her energy. She is passionate, focused, and super driven. Her goal? To be a part of changing the way people eat. Well, she's doing a pretty damn good job. Her most recent claim to fame was an awesome feature by Free People where they referred to her as "The Smoothie Bowl Queen".
I challenged Lee to see if she could make a totally Zero Waste smoothie bowl and she absolutely delivered. Not only is this bowl incredibly tasty and healthy, it's completely waste free!
We started our day by heading to Integral Yoga natural foods to stock up on bulk ingredients. It was Lee's first time to Integral and I think she was pretty amazed at how many ingredients came in bulk!
We used Organic cotton drawstring bags to stock up on all of the supplies we needed. I also brought mason jars in case we needed to buy any liquids like maple syrup or honey. We grabbed almonds, spinach, coconut, flax seeds, and fresh turmeric.
We couldn't forget the compost! We composted the ends of the spinach, the avocado pit and peel, and some other veggie scraps and fruit peels in one of my mason jars that I brought home. Later I put it all into the compost bowl in my freezer.combined in the blender we let it do its thang and ended up with a super smooth green mixture. At this point I was starving and ready to eat, but Lee told me that we weren't done yet. It was time to decorate.
Lee is the smoothie bowl master, and while I was totally intimidated, she let me take a stab at making my own designs. I opted for flax seed and coconut stripes!
I was amazed by how easy it was to pack so much nutrition into one delicious bowl. It was honestly dessert. I would eat it every day!
Want to try to make your own smoothie bowl? Here's how we did it...
Recipe (Makes 2 Servings)
- 3 previously peeled and frozen bananas
- 1 cup almond milk (recipe here)
- 1/8 cup fresh turmeric (save the peels and put in hot water for turmeric tea!)
- 1/4 ripe avocado
- 3 cups of organic loose spinach (you can add other greens depending on preference)
- 3 medjool dates (compost the pits!)
Put everything into the blender to combine. Pour into bowls and decorate with any toppings you want.
I'm so inspired by her and totally start to drool anytime she talks about her daily meals with me. Lucky for me and anyone else interested her recipes she has a gorgeous website where she posts her creations! So much to makkkkeeee!
Photography: Keith Morrison
Lee's Website: Lee From America