Monday, January 9, 2017

Smoothie Bowls

Smoothie bowls are quickly becoming a popular breakfast trend. With a similar cold and creamy texture to ice cream, these healthier bowls contain all sorts of combinations of fruit, vegetables, nuts, nut butters, and seeds. The large surface area provides a beautiful canvas for creating delicious works of art piled high with berries, edible flowers, and all kinds of seeds.

The ingredients combinations are endless, and of course some combinations are better than others. The goal is to have a healthy balance of fiber and protein without overdoing it with the sugar. Frozen fruit provides a cold and creamy base as well as a little sweetness. Look for recipes that include a lean protein source such as protein powder or nonfat plain Greek yogurt. A small amount of liquid is usually added, such as 2-3 tbs almond milk. Finally healthy fats should garnish the top such as chia seeds, almonds, and  pomegranate arils.

Some smoothie bowls are green by adding in vegetables such as spinach and kale. Other bowls take on unique twists by adding coffee, matcha powder, and bee pollen. Toppings on a smoothie bowl are part of the experience, but remember granola, nuts, seeds, dried fruit, and coconut can add tons of calories too.

We recommend making smoothie bowls at home using recipes that list the calorie information so you can better control the ingredients. Most smoothie bowls ordered out are 600 calories or more so use caution when enjoying this delicious craze! 

Super Green Smoothie Bowl
Serves: 1
365 calories
1/8 ripe avocado
1 small ripe banana, sliced and frozen
1/2 cup frozen strawberries
1 large handful of fresh spinach
1/2 small handful of fresh kale
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 tbs natural peanut butter

8-10 raspberries and blueberries
1 tsp chia seeds
1 tsp sunflower seeds
1 tsp shredded coconut

Directions: Add all smoothie ingredients to a blender and blend until creamy and smooth. Add more almond milk if needed to thin smoothie to desired consistency (it should be on the thicker side). Pour into a bowl and decorate with toppings.

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