Amazing for you, beautiful to look at, and fun to eat – this breakfast trend couldn't be any better! Smoothie bowls are taking the online food world by storm; you'll spot them on Instagram, as well as all over your favorite food blogs. These cold, creamy, crunchy treats are right on time for summer – beat the heat, get nourished, and step out into the bright, sunny day ahead!
Tips for Making an Amazing Smoothie Bowl
Create a smoothie using your favorite flavors. Use frozen fruits like strawberries, blueberries, bananas, peaches, pineapple or raspberries. If you want it to be nutrient-dense, try using greens (frozen or fresh) like spinach, kale or Swiss chard. We also like to add plain Greek yogurt and proteins or healthy fats like nut butters, coconut oil, flax seed oil or avocado. Want more flavor? Add a smidge of fresh ginger, lemon or lime juice or zest.
Buy frozen berries in bulk. Costco makes this simple and budget-friendly. Berries are some of the tastiest smoothie ingredients, but always buying fresh can get so expensive! Buying frozen produce is much cheaper, and preserves almost all of the fruit's nutritional benefits.
Prepare tomorrow’s smoothie today. Preportion into ziptop baggies. It’s easy to grab premeasured bags and dump them into the blender. Out of preportioned bags? Prep a few while you prep your morning smoothie bowl.
Add some liquid. How much will depend on the consistency you enjoy. Try almond, coconut, soy or cow's milk or just ice.
Choose great toppings. We like an array of nutritional toppings including nuts, seeds, muesli, granola (use sparingly since they can be high in sugar) or oats. Also add on some fresh fruit like apple, orange, pear or pomegranate or dried fruit. Try some good-for-you toppings like cinnamon, flax meal, chia seeds or hemp seeds to help fuel you for the day.
Here's an easy recipe to get you started:
Green Banana Smoothie Bowl
Makes 2 Servings
1/4 to 1/2 cup milk or coconut milk (depending on how thick you enjoy it)
1 cup plain Greek yogurt
1/2 cup chopped, frozen kale
2 frozen bananas (peel them before you put them in the freezer)
2 teaspoons coconut oil
Sprinkling ground chia
Sprinkling flax seed meal
1 tablespoon of muesli, divided between the two servings
1 sliced gala apple, divided between the two servings
Place milk, Greek yogurt, kale, bananas, and coconut oil into blender. Blend until smooth. Pour into a bowl, sprinkle with your favorite toppings and enjoy!