HOW TO CREATE A HEALTHY SMOOTHIE BOWL

I have a confession to make, I’m really not a breakfast person.  I always start my workdays with a smoothie that I haven’t changed up in 3 years.  I don’t have to think about it, and I know exactly what to expect.  On the weekends, however, I’m up for some variation especially if I have some fruit and vegetables that have been lingering at the back of the fridge or in the bottom of my freezer.  I’m sure you know what I mean.  It’s a great way to kick off your day as there are so many fruits and veggies that can go into the making of a delicious, nutritional smoothie bowl.  The trick is to find the right balance of ingredients so it doesn’t disturb the end result … the flavour experience.   Use whatever toppings you have in your refrigerator or cupboard to put the final touch on your smoothie bowl masterpiece.

Seven suggestions to create a healthy smoothie bowl:

  1. Freeze all your fruit and use fresh vegetables.  The frozen fruit gives it that thickness you want.
  2. Creating a bright and beautiful smoothie bowl makes it easy to chow down!
  3. Choose toppings that enhance the flavour of your smoothie bowl.
  4. Remember to have a balance of fibre and protein along with other healthy selections.
  5. Making your own toppings like granola and cereals can keep the sugar levels down.
  6. Don’t forget to add nuts and seeds to give your bowl lots of texture.
  7. If you choose to add protein powder to your smoothie bowl blend, make sure it doesn’t affect the overall flavour and appearance of the smoothie bowl.I love adding my favourite protein powder, North Coast Naturals organic raw hemp protein, to some of my smoothie bowls and smoothies.  Its vegan, non-GMO, has no artificial flavours or sweeteners and it’s Canadian!  Loaded with magnesium, iron and fibre as well.  Have I convinced you yet?

How to create a healthy quick smoothie bowl in the mornings:

Prepare your fruit by freezing ahead:

To allow bananas to freeze individually, peel, cut them in half and spread pieces on a tray to freeze.  Once they are frozen, place them in a big bag so you can retrieve them without dealing with banana pieces that are stuck together.

  1. Pre-package your smoothie bowl ingredients.Place all your frozen fruit in individual bags for each smoothie bowl so it’s ready to go in the mornings.  It’s what I call the “drop and blend” method.
  2. I love putting my nuts and seeds in individual glass jars so I can grab them easily.

Making toppings and freezing them ahead can make smoothie bowl prep that much easier.  I like making my own granola and cereal for added texture.

What you need to know about frozen fruit vs fresh:

Fresh fruit you purchase from your local supermarket has travelled far and wide to get to its buyer so it usually has been picked before it reaches its nutritional peak.  This is called “artificial ripening” and is not the best for you.

Fruits begin to lose their nutrients the moment they are picked.  The best time to eat them is immediately which is impossible unless you grow your own or you purchased at a farmers’ market.  Most frozen fruit has been allowed to reach its fully ripened state and is packed full of antioxidants, vitamins and loads of minerals.  Freezing ripe fruit seals in all this goodness so you can enjoy the benefits without having to harvest it yourself and there is no peeling or deseeding.    What a time saver!

 

Here are 2 simple topping recipes you’re going to love for your healthy smoothie bowl!

EASY PEASY GRANOLA

 

HEALTHY SNACK SQUARES

 

Need some ideas for your own healthy smoothie bowls?

Here are 4 winners that will help kick off your day!

 

2 frozen bananas

1 tablespoon almond butter

1 tablespoon cacao powder

2 tablespoons hemp powder

1 cup plant-based milk

Toppings:  Healthy Snack Squares, chopped hazelnuts, unsweetened coconut, banana slices, dairy-free chocolate chips

1 cup frozen superfruit blend (blueberries, cherries, blackberries)

1 frozen banana

4 medjool dates, pitted

2 tablespoons almond butter

¾ cup plant-based milk

Toppings:  Easy Peasy Granola, fresh raspberries and blackberries

1 frozen banana

½ cup frozen mango

1 tablespoon almond butter

1 tablespoon ground flaxseed

1 cup plant-based milk

Toppings:  fresh mango, blueberries, unsweetened coconut, pecans

1 frozen banana

1 cup frozen mango

1 tablespoon Hemp powder

2 tablespoons pure maple syrup

Handful baby spinach

Toppings:  fresh mango, raspberries, blackberries, almond slices

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HOW TO CREATE A HEALTHY SMOOTHIE BOWL

  • Author: Carla's No Place Like Home
  • Prep Time: 3 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 minutes
  • Yield: 1 large bowl 1x
  • Category: main/side
  • Method: blend
  • Cuisine: Canadian/American
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Smoothie bowl is  a great way to kick off your day as there are so many fruits and veggies that can go into the making of a delicious, nutritional smoothie bowl.  The trick is to find the right balance of ingredients so it doesn’t disturb the end result … the flavour experience.   Use whatever toppings you have in your refrigerator or cupboard to put the final touch on your smoothie bowl masterpiece.


Ingredients

Scale

Spunky Monkey Smoothie Bowl:

  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • 1 tablespoon cacao powder
  • 2 tablespoons hemp powder
  • 1 cup plant-based milk

Toppings:  Healthy Snack Squares, chopped hazelnuts, unsweetened coconut, banana slices, dairy-free chocolate chips

Super Berrytastic Smoothie Bowl:

  • 1 cup frozen superfruit blend (blueberries, cherries, blackberries)
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 4 medjool dates, pitted
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • ¾ cup plant-based milk

Toppings:  Easy Peasy Granola, fresh raspberries and blackberries

Holy Mango Smoothie Bowl:

  • 1 frozen banana
  • ½ cup frozen mango
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
  • 1 cup plant-based milk

Toppings:  fresh mango, blueberries, unsweetened coconut, pecans

Green is Best Smoothie Bowl:

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup frozen mango
  • 1 tablespoon Hemp powder
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • Handful baby spinach

Toppings:  fresh mango, raspberries, blackberries, almond slices


Instructions

Blend all ingredients in a high blender.


Notes

How to create a quick healthy smoothie bowl in the mornings: 

Prepare your fruit by freezing ahead:  To allow bananas to freeze individually, peel, cut them in half and spread pieces on a tray to freeze.  Once they are frozen, place them in a big bag so you can retrieve them without dealing with banana pieces that are stuck together.

  1. Pre-package your smoothie bowl ingredients. Place all your frozen fruit in individual bags for each smoothie bowl so it’s ready to go in the mornings.  It’s what I call the “drop and blend” method.
  2. I love putting my nuts and seeds in individual glass jars so I can grab them easily.Making toppings and freezing them ahead can make smoothie bowl prep that much easier. I like making my own granola and cereal for added texture.

Here are 2 simple topping recipes you’re really going to love!

Easy Peasy Granola

Healthy Snack Squares

 

Keywords: vegan smoothie bowl, healthy smoothie bowl, gluten-free smoothie bowl, quick smoothie bowl

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