For the past several years, smoothies have become a staple in my diet. There are numerous reasons why. One being you can pack a lot of nutrients into one glass and you can even take it with you if you are on the go. Smoothies can be made in a matter of minutes and you can get really creative with them. I love enjoy them after a good workout as well. It's a great way to replenish vitamins, minerals, and restore your hydration.
It's easy to get stuck in a rut with smoothies though. Sometimes you feel like it's the same old thing all the time. If you are in that boat, smoothie bowls are a great way to switch it up a bit. One element that sets a smoothie bowl apart from a smoothie in a glass is that by having your smoothie in a bowl, it allows you the freedom to add various textures to it and you are eating it with a spoon, rather than sipping it through a straw. I think that helps give the feeling that I am actually eating something, not just drinking my breakfast.
When making a smoothie bowl, I prefer to make it a bit thicker than my normal consistency of a smoothie. It just makes for easier eating. The best way to achieve a thicker consistency in any smoothie is by simply adding some ice cubes to your normal recipe. Of course you could add more frozen fruit, but if you are trying to limit your sugar, ice is a better way to go. For some of you that want to avoid the banana, a good sub is 2-3 pitted dates and one cup of ice (in addition to the ice already being used). Having a high speed blender is essential for creating one of these thick and creamy breakfast bowls. Using your tamper will help process these thick smoothie mixtures so all the ingredients are blended well. It's a good idea to start with 1/2 cup of milk and gradually add the remaining 1/4 as the ingredients are blending.
As far as toppings go, there are a variety of possibilities. Some suggestions are:
- fresh fruit- blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, bananas, cherries, etc.
- nuts- slivered almonds, chopped walnuts, pecans, cashews, or pistachios
- seeds- sunflower, pumpkin, chia, hemp, flax
- dried fruit (stick with no sugar added varieties)- goji berries, raisins, blueberries, apples, or cherries
- other items- cacao nibs, unsweetened coconut, granola
Think of a smoothie bowl as a way to get creative in the morning, or really any time of day. There are no rules so go for it!
1 1/2 cups packed spinach
1/4-1/2 of an avocado (for a healthy fat)
1 frozen banana
1 Tbs chia seeds
2 Tbs grass fed gelatin (optional boost of protein)
1 cup of ice
*optional- 1 Tbs raw honey or maple syrup if you want more sweetness. One banana was plenty sweet for me.
Toppings I used:
- organic blueberries
- raw hemp seeds
- unsweetened shredded coconut
- raw slivered almonds
1. Place all ingredients into your high speed blender and blend until smooth. Remember to start with 1/2 cup milk of choice and gradually add the remaining 1/4 to reach your desired thickness. I prefer a thick consistency so you can alter the ice/milk ratio depending on your preference.
2. Pour your smoothie into a bowl and sprinkle with your favorite toppings. Enjoy!