January 27, 2015

How to Make a Zero Waste Smoothie Bowl

Last week I spent the day with Lee Tilghman and made smoothie bowls!

I met Lee through some friends in the clean food movement and was instantly drawn to her energy. Her most recent claim to fame was an awesome feature by Free People.

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.
After we bought everything we needed, we went back to her house to start prepping.
We chopped 3 bananas that were peeled and then frozen and added some ice.
Then we added spinach, avocado, turmeric, dates, and homemade almond milk.
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. 
After everything was 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 honestly an artist and her smoothie bowl game is on fleck. I just stood there, mouth agape, as she started to decorate. With perfect precision she added blood orange, buckwheat granola (or as Lee calls it, her buckini)...
... she also added homemade rawnola, coconut shreds, flax seeds, and pomegranate seeds.
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! 
Besides being totally delicious, the finished product was incredibly beautiful and highly Instagramable. 
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. 
Photography: Keith Morrison

30 comments:

  1. That looks delicious. Love how that meal was waste-free. Could you please do some more posts about recipes and zero waste tips around your home

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  2. These look so good. I never would have thought to put a smoothie in a bowl! Such a great idea for breakfast.

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  3. Awesome! I love food and I love the earth, so this is perfect. :)

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  4. OMG I'm feeling so hungry after reading this post :-) it looks delicious!

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  5. Love this, smoothie bowl this weekend!

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  6. what a gorgeous breakfast. cloth bags for bulk bin buying is such a great idea, can't believe i haven't been doing this already!

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  7. so yummy, not to mention healthy!

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  8. Hi Lauren, I got to know about your blog via a radio documentary where you mentioned about using the cotton drawstring bags when you go shopping. Of course I didn't know what those bags are - now I know! It takes a lot of effort to minimize waste. Noticed some unfair criticisms by anonymous commenters in earlier blog postings. Please do not let that get you down. I'm here to support you! You're doing a great job

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  9. Hi Lauren. You've inspired me to try and live a zero waste lifestyle! However, I've been reading articles such as these http://acookatheart.com/2013/03/why-ive-stopped-shopping-grocery-store-bulk-bins/ , where people claim bulk shopping isn't sanitary, people can usually get their hands in the bins and the bins don't get cleaned out often. Have you ever experienced any problems with bulk ingredients?

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  10. Looks amazing, thanks for sharing. I'll definitely be making that!

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  11. Very Inspiring ! thank you for sharing :)

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  12. Lee's blog isn't working,just goes to a blank page. Shame because I'd love to see her recipes and inspiration.

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  13. I wish I could live a life like this, but from today onwards I will try my best to minimize waste and hopefully one day reach a zero waste target

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  14. cool stuff and lifestyle - especially for NYC!

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  15. This looks delicious! I have made a lot of smoothies and a lot of nicecream, but have yet to try a smoothie bowl :)

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  17. Oh my word, that looks so yummy!

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  18. *on fleEk not fleck :) Do you have access to a store that sells non dry goods items in bulk? How do they deal with accounting for the weight of the jar you bring in?

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  19. ......i think u mean on fleek bab
    u might want to try less appropriative language

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  20. Hi Lauren, I'm just starting the process of finishing my packaged products before I start making my own, but would love to start composting! I'm in Chicago, and find there aren't tons of places to do so. I read above you keep a compost bowl in your freezer? What kind of bowl? Does it Have a lid? Where do you take the contents to do the composting? Just trying to figure out a process... maybe farmers markets have places to drop off? Any insight from another city gal would be so appreciated :)

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  21. How does the weight thing work with hulk items when you bring your own packaging?
    The health store I normally go to makes you use their packaging because they know how much weight to subtract from your item. Due to reusing and recycling we only put out our trash can to be collected once every 2 months (vegan family of five) but I'd like to be even less wasteful if possible. Any help I can get is greatly appreciated! :)

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