We do a lot of hiking around here. Melissa hikes daily in the parks around her home in Nashville. Once our triathlon racing season winds down, Laurel and I turn to hiking as a good way to stay fit during our off season. Our favorite hike is in upstate New York's Minnewaska State Park. It's a four hour round trip (if you don't get lost) journey on unmarked trails. Fueling up properly before hand is a must, just as important as taking a map and compass.
This smoothie bowl makes a perfect pre-hike boost since it’s both thirst-quenching and, with its toppings, hearty. It’s like eating a yogurt bowl with a smoothie for a base instead of yogurt. I'll admit, it took me awhile to warm up to the idea of a smoothie bowl, but now I'm hooked. Enjoy! --Bec
Trailblazer Smoothie Bowl
1 banana, quartered and frozen
1 apple, quartered, core sliced out
2 large handfuls of spinach (about 2 packed cups)
2 teaspoons maple syrup
1/4 cup cow or almond milk, plus another 1/4 cup to help blend, if necessary
Place all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. A Vitamix or other powerful blender will zap through this easily. Standard blenders, like the ones we use, might need up to another ¼ cup of milk to blend the ingredients.
Top with your favorite fresh fruit, seeds, and nuts. Our current favorite combo: sliced banana, hemp seeds, and granola, shown here.