If you love smoothies, you will love simple and healthy smoothie bowls! They are one of the biggest breakfast trends right now -- and for good reason. These super-bowls are filling, nutrient-packed and topped with a whole lot of awesome.
Smoothie bowls require less liquid than a typical smoothie and the result is a thicker and creamier consistency almost like ice cream. They are definitely best eaten with a spoon and the possibilities for toppings are endless. I've used sliced almonds, chia seeds, shredded coconut, goji berries, hemp seeds, chopped walnuts or brazil nuts, cacao nibs, pumpkin seeds and other fun toppings.
Smoothie bowls are a great way to change up your breakfast. They are far better for you than munching on a few slices of white toast or something out of a box, stripped of nutrients, covered in processed sugar and then fortified with synthetic vitamins.
Just like a smoothie, there are so many ways to build a smoothie bowl. However, you want to be sure to balance your bowl with fibre and healthy fat. Fibre will help you feel fuller for longer, while healthy fat will help to stabilize blood sugar levels. Chia seeds are packed with fibre, so be sure to fill your next smoothie or smoothie bowl with two tablespoons of these seeds or use a generous scoop of organic rolled oats. When it comes to milks, stick to unsweetened nut milks like almond, cashew or coconut.
Here is a great reference that I often use for guidance. You can use this formula for both smoothies and smoothie bowls:
I've made so many different versions of these beautiful and delicious bowls and I'm happy to share one of my favorite recipes with you. I'd love to see photos or hear about any versions of smoothie bowls that you come up with. I would also be more than happy to help give you suggestions on specific ingredients for you.
- 3⁄4 cup unsweetened coconut or almond milk
- 1 cup frozen for fresh mango
- 1 small frozen or fresh banana
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1 handful ice
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
- 1⁄2 cup spinach or kale
Make it Like So
- In a blender, combine almond milk, banana, mango, spinach or kale, chia seeds, ice and vanilla protein powder.
- Purée until smooth, about 1 minute. The smoothie should be thick, so if needed, add more frozen fruit or ice until desired consistency is reached.
- Pour into a bowl and top with desired toppings. TOPPING IDEAS: fresh sliced banana, slivered almonds, granola, fresh berries, coconut flakes, pumpkin seeds, shredded coconut, goji berries, hemp seeds, cacao nibs, chia seeds, nuts of choice (Brazil, walnut, etc)
- Eat immediately.