Smoothie bowls are all over Instagram, and for a good reason! Not only super aesthetic, smoothie bowls are great for your body-a rare food that is both delicious and healthy! There's a smoothie bowl for every kind of fruit you like, but here are five great smoothie recipes to start-take them as they are or come up with your own combinations!
1. Berry Smoothie Bowl
Berry smoothie bowls are a great first smoothie bowl due to their versatility and flexibility. Throw your favorite berries into the mix and you have a delicious bowl! (click the title for original recipe)
- 1 heaping cup organic frozen mixed berries
- 1 small ripe banana
- 2-3 tbsp light coconut or almond milk
- 1 scoop plain or vanilla protein powder (optional)
- Add frozen berries and banana into a blender and blend on low until small bits remain
- Add a bit of coconut or almond milk and protein powder (optional), and blend on low again, scraping down sides as needed, until the mixture reaches a soft serve consistency
- Transfer to a bowl and serve
2. Green Smoothie Bowl
On the healthier side, a green smoothie bowl is the delicious alternative to eating unsavory vegetables. For this bowl, I like to add a splash of maple syrup or vanilla yogurt just to make it a little sweeter. (click on the title for original recipe)
- 2 cups spinach
- 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 banana
- 1/2 avocado
- Ice, for thickening
- Add the spinach, almond milk, chia seeds, banana and avocado to the blender
- Transfer to a bowl and serve3. Mango Smoothie Bowl
The taste of this mango smoothie will take you to warm weather-even if it's summer or not!
- 2 large mangoes (peeled, chopped & frozen)
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 1 cup almond milk
- 2 teaspoons honey
- 1 frozen banana
- Place the frozen mango, frozen banana, both milks and honey in your blender and blend until smooth
- Pour smoothie into bowl and enjoy!
Topping Ideas For Any Smoothie Bowl
One of the best things about smoothie bowls is the options for toppings. Although toppings are included in the all the recipes linked above, here are some topping ideas that you can mix and match with these bowls and more.
- Banana slices
- Strawberry slices
- Peanut butter
- Chia seeds
- Almond slivers
- Coconut shreds
- Chocolate chips
- Mango chunks
Why Smoothie Bowls?
Smoothie bowls have many health benefits, the first of which being the amount of fiber they are able to pack into one bowl. Unlike juicing, smoothie bowls retain the fiber from fruits and veggies, which helps you feel fuller, longer. After eating a good-sized smoothie bowl, it will help you keep off hunger and unhealthy snacking later in the day. As well as fiber, most smoothie bowls are also high in antioxidants, and vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, manganese, and potassium. However, the bowls are not high in protein, so supplementing them with eggs or cheese would form a great meal to start your day off right.
Secondly, these bowls are picky-eater friendly! A great component of smoothie bowls is the fact that they can adjust their flavor to whatever you want them to be. As you can see from the recipes above, smoothie bowls vary greatly depending on what you put in them. You can adjust any recipe or create your own in order to craft a bowl that you both love and is unique to you. Whatever kind of fruit you like, there is a bowl for you!
Smoothie Bowl VS Smoothie
Although both a smoothie bowl and a smoothie involve the blending of ingredients, the two are not the same. While a smoothie is treated as a drink accompanied by a meal, a smoothie bowl can be treated as the meal itself. However, the biggest difference is in the texture, which allows the smoothie bowl to hold up other ingredients, such as nuts and granola, which help sustain you throughout the day. The smoothie bowl invites personalization, as there is a wide array of toppings to pick and choose from. Although the smoothie and the smoothie bowl are built off the same concept, it's up to you to decide whether you'd like blended fruit as a drink or your whole meal!
Smoothie bowls are a delicious way to stay healthy this summer. With endless combinations, use these recipes as a springboard and build your personalized smoothie bowl from there! Enjoy!