Nourishing chocolate raspberry smoothie bowl + a Yuve giveaway!

Nourishing chocolate raspberry smoothie bowl | A Dash of Compassion

This summer sure has been a busy one. For the last five weeks, I’ve been holed up at home every weekend working on a new and very exciting photography project. Let’s just say both my fridge and my heart are full—bursting with gratitude for all the awesome things that life brings me, including lots of amazing vegan dishes that I get to photograph (and eat). I’ve been searching the food markets for the best-looking ingredients and shopping at my favourite housewares stores for new props to add to my collection. What a great excuse to do some of my favourite things, and get paid for it!

With all that’s been going on, I’ve been severely slacking in the exercise department. I just don’t feel the same without my daily sweat session and post-workout protein shake (thanks to Christy for getting me hooked on strength training). As fate would have it, I was recently sent a sample of a new vegan nutritional shake to try out. I’m always on the lookout for new protein powders, since they are a convenient way to get in those nutrients after the gym or while on the go.

Yuve GIVEAWAY + chocolate raspberry smoothie bowl goodness | A Dash of Compassion

Yuve is a plant-based, non-GMO powder that consists of rice and pea protein, an energy blend (maca, spinach, chia seeds), a greens blend (chlorella, spirulina, kale, alfalfa sprouts, broccoli), and a vitamin and mineral blend (psyllium seed husk, goji berries, acai berries, red grapes, prunes, raspberries), and is made without artificial colours, sweeteners, dairy or soy. I also like that it’s free of sweeteners like stevia.

While I tend toward powders with short and simple ingredient lists—because, well, some of those ingredient lists can be downright confusing—Yuve sure packs in a variety of goodness for a nutritional punch. It also has a unique taste, which probably comes from the combination of chia seeds, cocoa beans and a lovely hint of raspberry. You can even smell the raspberries, which holds true to its natural properties. What’s more, despite the fact that this blend is rich in rice protein, which tends toward the gritty side of powder texture, it’s actually quite refined.

Nourishing chocolate raspberry smoothie bowl | A Dash of Compassion

While I most often consume protein powders in a cold glass of almond or cashew milk, the flavour combo of Yuve got me thinking about new ways to enjoy it. Its delicious cocoa and raspberry nuances would work well in fruit- or chocolate-flavoured smoothies, chocolate baked goods or even energy balls. On a whim one morning, I threw together this simple smoothie bowl for breakfast and have made it a few more times since. The simplicity of the ingredients (banana, spinach, raspberries, cocoa powder and almond milk) makes it an easy go-to snack or breakfast. Plus, it’s like eating chocolate pudding for breakfast. Throw in a scoop of Yuve and you’re covered.

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Nourishing chocolate raspberry smoothie bowl

Yield: 2 servings

Ingredients:

  • 2 frozen ripe bananas, cut into chunks
  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 cup fresh raspberries
  • 1 scoop Yuve nutritional powder
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder

For toppings:

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until smooth. Top with granola and fresh berries and serve!

Thanks to the fine folks at Yuve headquarters, I have an entire tub of Yuve to send to one lucky US or Canadian reader! Enter using the widget below. I’ll select a random winner on Monday, July 13, 2015.
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16 Responses to “Nourishing chocolate raspberry smoothie bowl + a Yuve giveaway!”

  1. Josiane — July 2, 2015 @ 9:03 pm

    I love using protein powders in my “chia pudding meets oatmeal porridge” breakfast bowls, and this is how I’d first try Yuve too. I’d start with that so that I could see how it does compared to the other protein powders I’ve tried this way; but also, and most importantly, because it’s just awesomely delicious and a great way to start my day!
    Now, the bowl recipe you’re sharing here sounds amazing too, so that’s most probably what I’d try next!

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  2. amey — July 3, 2015 @ 12:51 am

    I really love this protein powder so much. A while ago they sent me a couple small packets to sample and after two packets, I had already ordered myself a whole tub, and now that tub is almost gone! I have a few different kinds of protein powder that I eat on different days and for different reasons, but I think Yuve is the yummiest one of all. Plus, I really like the texture of the little chia seeds in there! I would just keep on using it the way I already do – a big scoop with some water or almond milk, and then down the hatch!

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  3. Krista F — July 3, 2015 @ 5:17 am

    I would likely use it as you did, in a smoothie bowl or a smoothie. :)

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  4. Robin — July 3, 2015 @ 5:31 am

    I’d start with your recipe, which looks yummy!

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  5. Kathleen Troiano — July 3, 2015 @ 9:14 am

    This Yuve stuff looks and sounds amazing. Thanks for all you do!

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  6. Sheelagh — July 3, 2015 @ 11:37 am

    What a cool product! I would love to start by adding Yuve to my smoothies. And then maybe experiment with it in oatmeal of raw energy bars. Mmmmm

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  7. Jess — July 3, 2015 @ 12:49 pm

    I’d use it in my breakfast protein shake.

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  8. Christina — July 4, 2015 @ 12:45 pm

    I would try smoothies as well, and then bake it into some healthy muffins for easy breakfasts and sharing with friends.

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  9. Jordan D. — July 4, 2015 @ 11:48 pm

    I would love to add this to my post-workout protein smoothies!

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  10. Steph — July 5, 2015 @ 10:12 pm

    Smoothies

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  11. Vera K — July 6, 2015 @ 6:53 am

    I would make a smoothie out of Yuve, a banana, some strawberries and blueberries, and apple juice.

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  12. Ness McCutcheon — July 7, 2015 @ 9:22 pm

    While I absolutely love smoothies and enjoy having them on the go I would probably end up using the Cocoa and Chia Seed as a smoothie with avocado. It would be wonderful!
    I had the opportunity to trying Yuve and its one of the few protein powders that I have tried that don’t make my IBS act up and cause problems. I’ve recommended it to quite a few people who are more active like myself but also have digestive issues. I have nothing but wonderful things to say about Yuve!

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  13. Donna Obtochta — July 7, 2015 @ 9:23 pm

    I would use this protein powder in my smoothies for summer & protein pancakes!

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  14. Aaron — July 9, 2015 @ 6:50 am

    I would give this to my friend Amanda who really enjoys such things =)

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  15. Austin Rideout — July 9, 2015 @ 7:41 pm

    I would definitely use it in smoothies and would try it out in a raw coconut bite recipe! :)

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  16. DJ — July 10, 2015 @ 4:11 pm

    I would use it in breakfast smoothies.

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