Bye Hanger, Hello Smoothie Bowls

HANGRY = HUNGRY + ANGRY. 

Studies have shown that “hanger” is a real concept. 

HOW IT WORKS: Your brain is a hungry little guy. In fact, about 20 percent of your caloric intake goes toward feeding it! Aggressive impulses and angry feelings require energy in order for your brain to control them.  This energy is provided in part by glucose.  When your blood glucose drops (if you haven’t eaten for a while or you aren’t eating foods that sustain you) the big boss in your head has to prioritize functions to spend energy on.  Emotional self-control is not at the top of that list. (Thank goodness! Imagine if you got a little hungry and suddenly your heart stopped pumping.)  

Thus, irritability ensues. 

Wanna stop the hanger before it even gets a chance to rear its ugly head?  

GREAT, you’re in the right place! 

There are a number of snack foods that’ll help curb your hanger, but smoothie bowls are my personal fave. They keep me full and happy longer than a regular smoothie and  I can use my creativity to make them as beautiful and colourful as I want! Eating pretty, delicious food makes me happy. 

Smoothie bowls are also the bomb.com because you can make them whatever flava flave you want.  Citrusy and green, sweet and tart with berries, thick and nut-buttery, decadent and chocolatey; or a mixture! Artist’s choice.  

Last weekend I whipped up this green bowl, and it was FAB.  The secret is to add healthy fats, fibre & protein to keep you full longer and keep the hanger monster under the bed where it belongs.  

OSCAR THE NOT-SO-GROUCHY GROUCH BOWL (get it, cus he’s green???) 

Chia Pudding Topping: 

- ½ cup coconut milk
- 1/8 cup chia seeds 

Stir chia seeds and coconut milk together in a small bowl. Cover and let sit at least 2 hours.  I like to throw mine together before bed, this way it's ready for morning.  

Smoothie Ingredients: 

- ¾ cup almond mylk / other plant mylk
- Juice of ¼ lemon
- 3 large handfuls of spinach
- 1 handful of frozen raspberries
- 1 handful of fresh or frozen mango
- ¼ ripe avocado
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 rough tbsp. cashew butter
- Pinch of sea salt 

Blend smoothie ingredients in a high-speed blender until dreamy & creamy, then add a dollop of chia pudding, and whatever other toppings your pretty little heart desires. 

I topped mine with: 

- Coconut Ribbons (unsweetened, for added fibre and vitamin e) 
- Mango chunks (B vitamins and beta-carotene – great for eye health) 
- Strawberries (an extra anti-oxidant boost for fighting disease) 
- Dried dragonfruit (to make it look pretty)

This hearty bowl is sure to keep you energized and make you a happy camper until you sit down to your next meal.   

P.S. If you don’t have time to whip up one of these batches of goodness at home, you can always stop by JUSU bar and grab my personal fave, the Berry Insane Bowl. ;) It sure beats that muffin and coffee you would have grabbed otherwise.  Make it your own and ask us about extra yummy toppings! 

By Aislinn O’Neill