Paula Recommends …Winter Berry Smoothie Bowl

As the frost forms on the pumpkin and availability of local produce begins to wane, set your sights on affordable frozen fruit! Harvested ripe and frozen quickly, frozen fruit (and vegetables!) are packed with vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals. No wonder diets rich in fruits (fresh, canned, frozen or dried) can help protect against chronic diseases. This easy smoothie bowl is filled with frozen berries, and topped with nutrient-rich toppings including cacao nibs, which are a great source of flavanols, a family of heart-healthy antioxidants. It’s healthy enough for your next breakfast, lunch or filling snack. Prep Time: 5 minutes. – Paula Meyer, Mission Training Center Nutritionist 

1 cup frozen berries (raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, strawberries)
1/3 cup skim dairy milk or plain, unflavored soy or almond milk
1/2 banana, ripe
1 Tablespoon chia seeds

1/4 cup frozen berries
1 Tablespoon hemp seeds
1 teaspoon cocoa nibs (unsweetened, crushed cocoa beans)

*Note: Other toppings to try: unsweetened, dried coconut, slivered almonds, sunflower seeds, chopped walnuts, and pistachios

1. Place all ingredients in a blender container. Process until smooth.
2. Pour into a bowl and top with additional frozen berries, hemp seeds, and cocoa nibs or unsweetened, toppings of choice.
3. Enjoy immediately.

Nutrition Information: Per serving: Calories 326; Fat 12g; Sat Fat 2g; Sodium 46mg; Carbs 49g; Fiber 14g; Protein 11g