Can I fill you in on a little secret of mine? Smoothies are my saving grace when it comes to meeting my daily quota (and more) of nutrients. They are a nutritional goldmine when you think about the variety of foods and nutrients that can be added to one glass!
But you know what’s even better than a smoothie? A smoothie bowl. A smoothie bowl is a thicker smoothie that is served in a bowl instead of a glass and eaten with a spoon. But the really fun part is the toppings, in my opinion. You can top your smoothie bowl with anything – nut butter, chopped nuts, fresh fruit, coconut flakes, chia seeds and hemp seeds, to name a few.
Making a smoothie bowl is a lot like building a cup of froyo from your favorite frozen yogurt place, just healthier. If you have a hard time getting your kids (or even your picky-eating significant other) to eat enough fruits and veggies, have them try a smoothie bowl!
Here are a few smoothie bowl recipes to help you get started:
For the BERRY LOVER
- 1/2 cup Greek yogurt, divided in half
- 1/2 cup pomegranate juice
- 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
- 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
- Handful of leafy greens (spinach and kale are great options!)
Combine all of the ingredients in a blender (using just 1/2 of the yogurt) and blend until smooth. In a bowl, scoop the remaining half of the yogurt in the bottom and pour the smoothie over it. Top with sliced berries, homemade granola, or unsweetened coconut flakes.
For the CHOCOHOLIC
- 1/2 fresh avocado
- 1 frozen banana
- 1/2 cup almond milk (or milk of choice)
- 1 scoop chocolate protein powder (could also add 1 Tablespoon cocoa powder instead)
- 1 tsp. espresso powder
Blend all of the ingredients in a blender until smooth. Pour into a bowl and top with chopped nuts, chia seeds (for a boost of healthy fats) or fresh fruit.
For the TROPICAL DREAMER
- 1/2 frozen banana
- 1 frozen kiwi
- 1/2 cup frozen pineapple chunks
- 1 Tablespoon honey
- 1/2 cup coconut water
Blend all of the ingredients in a blender until smooth. Pour into a bowl and top with extra pineapple or mango and hemp seeds (for a boost of protein and fiber!).