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It is well-known that people who eat breakfast are all around more healthy and energized. Smoothie bowls – a recent trend on social media – make a compelling case for taking time for the most important meal of the day thanks to their bright colors and beautifully arranged toppings.
Why eat a smoothie in a bowl? Beyond their Instagram-worthy attributes, the thicker consistency of smoothie bowls provide a more substantial and nutrient-rich meal. Blending superfoods (frozen bananas, avocado, flaxseed meal, nut butters and greek yogurt) lends extra texture and immunity-boosting benefits to the smoothie base. Smoothie bowls also allow for experimentation with other nutrient-packed edibles, such as goji berries, pepitas, cacao nibs and more.
Smoothie bowls can easily be prepared the ahead of time in anticipation of chaotic mornings: blend and refrigerate the base, and store toppings in plastic containers or mason jars.
As aesthetically-pleasing as they are, be mindful of the nutritional content of add-ins. Getting overzealous with toppings can easily add calories and sugars to smoothie bowls. Keep the granola, dried fruit and honey to a minimum.
Here are two smoothie bowl recipes to add a touch of creativity, inspiration and tranquility to your morning.
See also Rainforest Acai Breakfast Jars.
Green Coconut Smoothie Bowl
- 2 frozen bananas
- 1 cup strawberries
- 1/2 avocado
- 2 handfuls spinach
- 1 handful kale
- 1 tbsp flax meal
- 1 tbsp almond butter
- 1/2 cup coconut water
Toppings (about a tablespoon of each)
- Fresh strawberries
- Cacoa nibs
- Coconut flakes
- Goji berries
Nutrients per serving (379 g): Calories: 314, total fat: 15g, sat. fat: 2g, polyunsaturated fat: 0g, carbs: 46g, fiber: 11g, sugars: 20g, protein: 7g, sodium: 109mg, cholesterol: 0mg
Vanilla Berry Smoothie Bowl
- 1 frozen banana
- 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
- 1/2 cup strawberries
- 2 medjool dates
- 1/2 cup non-dairy milk
- 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
- Hemp seeds
- Chia seeds
- Fresh blueberries
Nutrients per serving (272g): Calories: 261.5, total fat: 4g, sat. fat: 1.5g, polyunsaturated fat: 0g, carbs: 46g, fiber: 5.5g, sugars: 34.5g, protein: 15g, sodium: 122.5mg, cholesterol: 5mg
Smoothie Bowl Directions
- Add all smoothie ingredients to blender and mix until thick and creamy. If too thick, add more ice or liquid.
- Now for the fun part–adding the toppings! Pour the smoothie base into a bowl and get creative in designing the toppings. Be sure to admire your masterpiece before digging in.