Hungry Haley

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Bangin' Banana Bowl (Vegan, GF, Paleo)

Vegan, Paleo, GF, SmoothieHaley HansenComment

Hi! I’m Haley and I’m a planner and a creature of habit who is obsessed with food.

I’ll break those things down for you.

Planner: I don’t go to sleep at night – I CAN’T fall asleep at night - without some sort of schedule for at least the first half of my day. It just doesn’t happen. My mind is figuring out when I’ll workout, dreaming about what I’ll eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and everything in between, estimating how many hours will be for studying, etc.

Nonstop.

Creature of Habit: This one goes hand-in-hand with the previous one. For example, I have a protein shake everyday. Everyday. During school, I’d have peanut butter and rice cakes or a peanut butter quesadilla for breakfast everyday. Everyday, people. After about two months of drinking coffee every morning, I continued to drink it simply because I did it the day before, and the day before that, and so on. Everyday.

You get the point.

Food-Freak: I’m constantly thinking about food. Before breakfast, after breakfast, before lunch, after lunch, before dinner, after dinner. When I’m brushing my teeth, when I’m watching TV, right now as I’m lying in bed, candle lit, relaxing, typing on my computer. Even when I’m so stuffed from a huge meal, like I-just-ate-a-whole-pint-of-Ben-and-Jerry’s type of full, I’m wondering when I’ll be hungry again to eat.

Call me weird. It’s fine. It’s just how I work.

So, I made granola really late at night about a week ago and, of course, got really excited to eat it for breakfast the next morning with a fruity acai bowl. Unfortunately, this whole vegetarian thing is kind of messing with my stomach (I’m still figuring out how to make it work for me) and I woke up not very hungry at all, but I knew I had to eat something before work. And I really really wanted to eat that granola.

Basically, I subtracted the berries from my usual smoothie and added a few more banana chunks…

And voila! I give you the Banana Breakfast Bowl.

You can thank my planner/creature-of-habit/food-obsessed self for this one. Or maybe determination? Determination to fuel myself delicious and nutritious food despite a lack of sufficient hunger?

Sounds good enough to me.

Makes 1 bowl

1 ½ frozen banana, divided into chunks
¾-1 cup almond milk
1 date
1 tbsp. brown rice protein powder
1 tbsp. ground flax seeds or chia seeds
2/3 cup quinoa-nola
Extra cinnamon or maple syrup, for drizzling, optional 

1.     Blend the banana, the almond milk and the date into a thick, ice cream-y consistency. Add the protein powder and flax or chia seeds and blend again.
2.     Pour into a bowl and sprinkle with granola and your choice of toppings. Dig in! 

I really encourage you all to try this, and I encourage you to send me feedback! Email me, comment below, tag me and #hungryhaley on instagram, whatever floats your banana boat.

Thanks for reading!