Smoothies are now a popular and staple part of a healthy daily diet. They are nutritious, filling and are a perfect way to pack a ton of nutrients, vitamins and minerals into our bodies without spending large amounts of time preparing and eating large amounts of whole fruit and vegetables.
But what about a smoothie in a bowl?
The beauty of a smoothie bowl – which are generally thicker than normal smoothies in a glass – means that it is possible to sit down and include healthy additions that wouldn’t be possible to fit into a glass: shredded coconut, chia seeds, whole pieces of fruit, sliced almonds, hazelnuts, cacao bits – the possibilities are endless.
What I particularly love about smoothie bowls are the combinations of fruit and vegetables that I can combine to suit my mood, and the fact that many combinations are gluten, dairy and sugar free and are suitable for vegetarian, vegan and paleo diets. Most recipes often start with a base of bananas and frozen fruit combined with greens, juice and yoghurt, but can be changed as much or as little as you like depending on your taste presences. They are a fantastic way to start the day and are suitable for a healthy breakfast all year round.
Topping Ideas for Your Smoothie Bowls
By making a Smoothie Bowl instead of a quick smoothie in a glass, it gives the opportunity to sit down and actually chew on your breakfast, giving the additional element of feeling like a full meal has been consumed. To make it more interesting and to add nutritional value, I like to experiment with the different textures and toppings that I add to my smoothie bowls.
Here are a list of ideas of different topping ideas that I mix and match depending on the smoothie that I am making for a healthy breakfast:
- Seeds – chia, sunflower, flax
- Granola, cereal, muesli, oats
- Chocolate chips
- Chopped or sliced fresh fruit
- Frozen fruit
- Dried fruit
- Protein powder
- Peanut butter
- Dried coconut shavings
Tips for creating tasty and healthy smoothie bowls to start your day
- Where possible, try and use frozen fruit instead of fresh. It is cheaper, lasts longer and creates a thicker texture.
- To thicken your smoothie bowl further, add in a banana or tofu.
- Make your smoothie bowl more protein rich by adding in protein powder.
- If your smoothie is a little too thick, add in a little extra liquid – natural fruit juice, coconut milk, coconut water, almond milk, cow’s milk, water.