A vegan smoothie bowl recipe

A vegan smoothie bowl recipe

 

I have a few breakfast ideas I cycle through depending on the weather, my fridge contents and ..well, my mood. This morning, feeling like I need something that looks extra-healthy, I decided to go with a green smoothie bowl. Since it also ended up looking amazing, I thought I should share it on my blog.

But before I dive into it, have a look at the end result below: another delicious breakfast early morning in my very summery garden, while I can catch up with emails. Perfect start to my day!

Lean Green Smoothie Bowl

Execution time (is it only me that reads this term like an engineer?!): 10 mins

Serves: 1 person (or 2?), I have huge smoothie bowls

Ingredients:

Base

Toppings

Execution (haha still an engineer):

Just blend everything together except for the toppings until it becomes a creamy texture. Pour into a bowl, add the toppings so they look nice and BOOM! Your’re done. Don’t be fooled by the green look, the coconut milk and maca powder make it super sweet and nice. Also, the toppings just add more texture and color.

Enjoy! 🙂

 

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Elmira, an oasis for Viennese vegans

Elmira, an oasis for Viennese vegans

It’s Monday morning and my amazing weekend in Vienna is about to be over. I woke up with this feeling that, before I left, I needed to give my #1 favorite European city a similar chance to prove me veganism is omnipresent. A couple of days ago I posted this picture with a small salad in front of me, while my friends were having huge pork ribs. But hold your breath…

Just 15 mins away from my hotel, I found a gem. Healthy, plant-based eating is easily doable in Vienna. It’s called Elmira.

The Elmira Cafe, Vienna, Austria

I was welcomed by lots of smiles and while they were prepping my acai bowl, I took the liberty to look around. Their store is quite big and airy, which is basically a breeze compared to the ones in London.

Elmira counter
Elmira counter

They have a nice dried nuts, seeds and beans rack of drawers. They produce and source everything themselves and some of the trail mixes are also made in-house. They also said they source to bigger stores, even in UK, like Organic Planet. You can also find some of their products in stores like https://www.buywholefoodsonline.co.uk. Among some of their most popular products were the exotic fruits like Incan berries, dried mangos, and jackfruits.

Elmira dried nuts, fruits and beans racks
Elmira dried nuts, fruits and beans racks

And… they even have their own products, own brand, to sell in-store.

Elmira store
Elmira store

The food

I had this huge acai bowl with goji berries. It was one one of the best things I’ve had for breakfast in a while. They tried different recipes for this smoothie bowl and they think they are going to stick with this one. I have to say that the coconut syrup they put on top of your bananas was heavenly.

Elmira acai bowl
Elmira acai bowl

They also had all these kinds of cold-brewed coffees and amazing truffles covered with Peruvian chocolate.

Elmira menu
Elmira menu

And to top it all up, they were offering a 10% discount to all of their prices.

Eventually, I couldn’t just walk away empty-handed and I scooped some of their trail mixes. My enthusiasm did not remain unnoticed and Josef, their sales manager along with Elmira, their managing director, took real great care of me. I walked away with their most recommended products:

Elmira nuts and fruits along with one of their truffles.
Nuts and fruits along with one of their truffles.

Where? How?

  • Opening hours: Monday – Friday 09.00 – 19.00 Saturday 08.00 – 14.00
  • By phone at 01-897 2999-40
  • By email at office@elmira.at.
  • Address is:
    Elmira
    Vorgartenstrasse 129-143 / EG A-1020 Vienna

Last…

If you ever visit Vienna, don’t assume it’s all sausage and pretzels! This city has so much to offer in terms of culinary options. And if you can have a plant-based dish with a touch of Viennese culture, why not give it a go? You might be surprised!

Good day and until next time!

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Gluten-free, vegan option for risotto funghi around Piccadilly Circus

Gluten-free, vegan option for risotto funghi around Piccadilly Circus

Try:

Vapiano Risotto Funghi
Risotto Funghi

Fresh mushrooms and oyster mushrooms refined with onions, cream, rosemary and parsley.

Price: 9.75 pounds

  • meat-free
  • dairy-free (option)
  • egg-free (option)
  • gluten-free

Where?

Vapiano

Hygene Rating (by the Food Standards Agency): 5 out of 5

Address:

19-21 Great Portland Street
London
W1W 8QB

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Vegan, gluten free salad in Clapham

Vegan, gluten free salad in Clapham

Try:

Broccoli & green bean with tahini dressing, toasted sesame & nigella seeds

Price: 4.5 pounds for regular bowl, 7 pounds for a big bowl

A dressing made out of tahini and cashews

  • raw
  • meat-free
  • dairy-free
  • egg-free
  • contains seeds
  • contains soy

Where?

Tart

Hygene Rating (by the Food Standards Agency): not listed

Address:25 The Pavement, London SW4 0JAP

 

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Vegan raw burger around Covent Garden

Vegan raw burger around Covent Garden

Try:

Samurai Burger

Price: 12 pounds

delicious, the bun is made out of seeds and the patty out of olives

  • raw
  • meat-free
  • dairy-free
  • egg-free
  • contains seeds

Ingredients:

Pink olives, dulse, shiitake, umeboshi, kimchi, chickpea tofu, teriyaki sauce, wasabi guacamole, aubergine

Burger Add-Ons: Side Salad £4.5 / Avocado £1.5 / Kale Chips £4

Where?

Wild Food Cafe

Hygene Rating (by the Food Standards Agency): not listed

Menus: 100% plant-based, lots of raw options, nothing for nut allergy sufferers

Address: 1st Floor, 14 Neal’s Yard, Covent Garden, WC2H 9DP

 

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