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.