Friday, July 24, 2015

Eat It - Smoothie Bowls

I have recently (as in this week) jumped on the smoothie bowl bandwagon. I am not sure how long this interpretation of smoothies has existed, but I am all for it. If you remember back a few years, I had a recipe for a belly fat fighting smoothie that I topped with oats and walnuts (get the recipe here), but I always just served it in a glass. A bowl is SO MUCH BETTER! There is so much more room for extras like chia seeds, cut up fruit, nuts, coconut, granola, and flax seeds.

In honor of my newest addiction, here are 4 of my smoothie bowl creations from this past week.

1. The Tropical Oasis:

To make my smoothie base I used
one whole banana broken into pieces, 1/2 of a mango cut into chunks (without the skin), 1/2 cup of frozen peaches, and 1/4 cup plain coconut water. I blended up this goodness, put it in a bowl, and topped it with strawberries, almonds, Love Crunch pineapple coconut granola (I used this one), and toasted coconut. It was like a healthy tropical vacation in a bowl! So delicious and by far one of my favorites.

2. The Green Goddess:

My next favorite was this green goddess smoothie bowl. The smoothie base consisted of one banana, a handful (or two) of spinach, 1 cup of frozen pineapple, and 1/4 cup coconut water. I topped it with blueberries, walnut pieces, granola, kiwi slices, toasted coconut, chia seeds, and strawberries. I love that this one has a veggie in it to make it a little extra healthier.

3. The Classic

The smoothie was a classic blend of frozen strawberries, banana, and coconut water and was topped with all the same goodies (walnuts, chia seeds, raspberries, granola, blueberries, and coconut).

4. The Blue Monster

The smoothie was made with banana, frozen blue berries, frozen spinach, and coconut water. The only different toppings on this bowl that I hadn't used on the others was some flax seed meal.

So basically to make your own smoothie bowl it is just a matter of throwing some frozen fruit, a banana, some liquid (I think I may try some veggie juice next week), and maybe some spinach or kale or other green leafy into the blender and creating your base. Then top it with any healthy crunchies you like such as: coconut, almonds, pecans, almonds, chia seeds, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, pepitas, flax seeds, sunflower seeds, granola, hemp seeds, etc....

Next on my list of smoothie bowls to try is a dragon fruit or pitaya blend. I have seen several and they yield an amazing hot pink color that I think would be so fun to eat! Like this one from The Glowing Fridge.

Do you have a favorite smoothie recipe? Any other ideas for toppings?

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