Whether for breakfast or a snack, smoothies are a great way to pack a lot of nutrition into a fast and portable fuel up. Smoothie bowls are a delicious alternative to the on the go method, especially during the heat of summer. They combine the creaminess of a smoothie with toppings to add in crunch, extra nutrients and flavor.
Making your own smoothie bowls at home is fun as everyone chooses their favorite toppings while saving a lot on the cost of ordering them at your local health bar. The base of a smoothie bowl is basically just like a really thick smoothie. You can make create your own flavors and get creative by tying out different combos.
Smoothie Bowl Bases
Many health bars offer acai bowls with a blended base featuring the superfruit, which you can buy frozen at stores like Whole Foods or Sprouts. You can also get creative and use lots of different fruits and veggies for your base. For example, you can start with frozen strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and then add some of the thickeners, sneak-ins and liquids listed below before blending. If you’re making bowls for a number of people, just increase the amounts of each ingredient to whip up a lot of base in just a few minutes.
Use one or a few of these to make sure your smoothie base is thick and creamy:
½ - 2 Frozen Bananas
1 C Yoghurt/Coyo
1 C Nut butter of choice
Put any of these in your base smoothie for added nutrition you won’t even taste:
Handful of frozen kale, spinach, or other greens
TBSP Chia Seeds
Scoop of VEGA/ VITAMINERAL GREENS/ Protein/Superfood powder of choice
Use a small amount of any of these options to help your base blend:
¼ C Apple/Orange Juice/ Coconut Water/ Almond/Coconut Milk
Once you have all your ingredients, blend until smooth and thick. You may need to stop your blender or food processor and push the contents around to keep it blending without adding too much liquid.
After you’ve got your smoothie base, it’s time to sprinkle it with healthy toppings galore.
Toppings add more crunch and flavor to a smoothie bowl, and they also make it fun for kids to make choices about which options they would like to add to their healthy meal. Here are some ideas for power-packed toppings to get you started:
Blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries
Toasted coconut flakes or shredded coconut
Dark chocolate chunks
Sprinkle your toppings and dig in!