The Smoothie Bowl Basics + A Delicious Recipe To Get You Started

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Smoothie bowls are one of best ways to break out of a smoothie rut and try some new ingredients.

A smoothie bowl is simply a thicker version of a smoothie that you can eat with a spoon and top with your favorite ingredients. The possibilities are really endless here—you can add fruit, seeds, nuts, oats, or granola.

Smoothie bowls are perfect for breakfast because they force you to slow down a bit more than a regular smoothie, which helps you to feel more satisfied and stay fuller longer.

When you sip a smoothie, no matter how healthy or dense, it can easily be gone before you, and your digestive system, realize it. With a smoothie bowl, you are slowly spooning and chewing your smoothie, so your body interprets it as more of a meal than a snack and feels more satisfied.

They are also great for adding more variety to your daily smoothie. Since you are making a thick, hearty smoothie in a bowl, you can add toppings, many of which your blender might not blend thoroughly enough for you to put them in a smoothie. This means you get more variety, which keeps you from getting bored with your smoothie bowl, but also gives you more variety in nutrients than you would get in a sippable smoothie.

The best way to start making smoothie bowls is to find your favorite recipe, add a few ingredients to thicken it (like a bit more frozen fruits, chia seeds or nut butter), or try using a little less liquid.

Here is a simple, but satisfying, recipe to get you started.

Berry Smoothie Bowl

Makes 1 large serving

Ingredients

  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • ½ cup frozen blackberries
  • 1 small orange or tangerine
  • 1 to 2 frozen bananas
  • ½ to 1 cup nondairy milk
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds

Toppings

  • 1 tablespoon hemp seeds
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 2 dates, pitted and chopped
  • ½ cup fresh berries

Preparation

Add all your “smoothie bowl” ingredients to your blender, and blend until smooth but thick. You may need to start with less liquid, adding in more if needed.

The more frozen bananas you use, the more liquid you'll use. Scrape the side if needed and blend again. Pour into a bowl and top with the toppings of your choice. Serve immediately.

Adapted from The Smoothie Life. For more smoothie recipes and tips, make sure to join The House of Healthy Resource Library, featuring exclusive guides, shopping lists, and even more recipes.

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