I love a smoothie bowl. This is one of the simplest breakfasts that can be thrown together in minutes. And, what, I think, makes the smoothie bowl more special than a regular smoothie is that they're topped with fun ingredients, made slightly thicker than the drinkable kind and eaten with a spoon. It's a colourful spin on a granola and yoghurt bowl that tastes as good as it looks.
What I like about smoothie bowls is that they make me rethink the breakfast equation. Often plant-based, nutrient-packed, and pretty to look at, smoothie bowls are a great way to pack extra vegetables and fruits into your morning routine - without having to go to a whole heap of trouble.
Balance is key when it comes to creating your own Smoothie Bowl. This balance is created by ensuring your bowl consists of each of the 3 types of macronutrients.
Macronutrients are primary nutrients that provide the body with energy in the form of calories. They are required in significant amounts in the diet as opposed to micronutrients which are needed in small amounts. The 3 types of macronutrients are carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. Micronutrients consist of vitamins and minerals.
A Smoothie Bowl is a blank canvas for you to get creative, mix and match textures, combine flavours, and really amp up the nutritional volume! That’s exactly what I’ve done with the following Smoothie Bowl Recipes I created !
Sunrise Smoothie Bowl
In a blender combine the frozen strawberries, banana, milk of choice, and protein powder and blend until smooth. Transfer smoothie to a bowl and layer on the remaining ingredients as pictured.
You can also add extras like nut butter, granola, or hemp seeds if desired.
Green Smoothie Bowl
TOPPINGS (your choice of combination)
Add all smoothie ingredients to a blender and blend until creamy and smooth. Add more almond milk (or water) to thin. Taste and adjust flavour as needed, adding more ripe banana (or maple syrup) for added sweetness, more spinach for a bright green hue, or almond milk for creaminess.
For more protein, add nut butter! This also offsets / enhances the natural sweetness of the smoothie. Pour into yourserving bowl and top with desired toppings. This definitely is best when fresh, though leftovers can be kept in jars in the fridge for up to 1-2 days.
Blueberry Protein Bowl
* To toast almonds, place them on a small baking sheet in a 180C oven until lightly golden brown, about 5 minutes - don't leave because they have the ability to burn very quickly !
Your guide to living whole and well. Emma Olliff is a Registered Nutritional Therapist, wellness expert, food lover, and advocate for healthy living!