I am a huge fan of smoothies. They are my breakfast every day and sometimes afternoon snacks. You can pack so much nutrition into a portable breakfast that basically tastes like dessert.
I realize not everyone can drink their breakfast and feel full, either because they need to chew to be satisfied or they drink the smoothie too fast for their brains to register ‘full’.
Enter the smoothie bowl! Of course you lose the portability factor, but you can slow down and enjoy your food and add toppings to really chew a meal.
The key to a smoothie bowl is really to add less liquid than you would to a smoothie to make it thicker, like a blended soup.
How to you keep a smoothie bowl healthy? Follow the same principles as you do in making a healthy smoothie. (See my blog post on that!)
Here’s a recipe I love. You can choose to add protein powder or omit it. I like to add it because I like to start with a high-protein breakfast. If you don’t use it, you may want to reduce milk to 1/2 cup, at least to start.
(If the green color freaks you out, no worries, just use blueberries as your berry of choice and you can have a purple smoothie bowl!)
Enjoy and let me know how it tastes to you!
- 3/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk (or milk of choice)
- 2-3 handfuls of leafy greens
- 1/2 frozen banana
- 1/2 cup frozen berries
- 1 tablespoon almond butter
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (optional)
- Blend all ingredients until smooth and top with fruit, nuts, seeds and/or coconut.
- Swap 1/4 - 1/2 an avocado for the banana if you are reducing sugar.
- Add a drop of organic stevia or a teaspoon of raw honey if you need more sweetener.
- Swap any nut or seed butter of choice in place of the almond butter.