As I’ve shared before, I love my smoothies. Lately I’ve been on a smoothie bowl kick and for good reason! They’re a delicious, satisfying, and nutritious twist on cereal. Smoothie bowls are great to have for breakfast, as a post-workout meal, for a quick lunch, or even for dessert depending on what ingredients you use.
First and foremost, what is a smoothie bowl? The short answer is that it’s a way to enjoy smoothies with a spoon instead of drinking them with a straw. But there’s more to it than just a change in utensil! I like to think of smoothie bowls as being cereal 2.0, a complete nutrient-dense makeover of boring ol’ cardboard cereal and milk. The smoothie is thicker in consistency, and I typically use toppings like homemade granola and muesli to add a bit of crunch. View the smoothie bowl base as the “milk,” and the toppings as the cereal, or like granola on a yogurt parfait.
The frozen fruits used in smoothie bowls are great for not only thickening the smoothie, but also for adding natural sweetness and creaminess. Frozen bananas in particular are a perfect foundation for a smoothie bowl, as they hit each of these key points perfectly.
The great thing about smoothie bowls is that you are the master of your own destiny! The combinations you create are limited only by your imagination (well, that and whatever happens to be in your fridge and pantry). Every morning can be a unique and exciting adventure–banish boring breakfasts forever! If you need a little guidance though, here’s a list of key components you can refer to when designing your own smoothie bowl:
The ingredients you add will affect the consistency of your smoothie, so you may need to experiment with different combinations and ratios in order to end up with your ideal smoothie bowl. I like my smoothie bowls very thick, so I’ll add vegan protein powders (which work wonderfully to thicken and add creaminess) and loads of ice in a quality high-speed blender. Healthy fats such as avocado and nut butters are also great ways to increase the creaminess of a smoothie bowl.
Now it’s your turn to have fun in the kitchen, play with flavor combinations you enjoy, pile on your toppings, grab a spoon, and dig in! I hope you all enjoy this guide to smoothies and how to make your own! Check out my list of smoothie bowls on my recipe page on Nutrition Stripped for more ideas.
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