The first time that I saw someone touting a “Smoothie Bowl” I wondered what made that different from a regular smoothie in a cup.
The smoothie bowl sounded just like a smoothie that had been tipped over into a bowl.
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I really jumped to on the whole smoothie in a cup trend.
I am not trying to call smoothies a fad, as you may be wondering.
I purchased the fancy blender and the frozen fruit. I rethought my ideas about kale and spinach. I even started to embrace Greek Yogurt. These were all of the healthy foods that I was told to put into my smoothie so that I could get ‘healthy’. That smoothie phase of my life lasted about nine months as I was getting tired of the ‘brain freeze’ and having to clean out the blender every day. So I paired down what I was eating and put the necessities into a bowl to enjoy for my morning meal.
One day I saw something called the ‘smoothie bowl’.
To me, the smoothie bowl looked just like a smoothie that someone had tipped over into a bowl. It could have been one of my ‘brain freeze’ smoothies not in a cup but in a bowl. I realized that this ‘smoothie bowl’ was not much different from the bowl of oatmeal and Greek Yogurt that I had started eating after my ‘brain freeze’ went away.
Here is what I learned about this smoothie in a bowl, aka Smoothie Bowl.
Most smoothie bowls have 5-6 components.
You may choose to use all components or as many as you would like in your smoothie bowl.
There is the:
- Fruit. Depending on how ‘slushy or smoothie’ you want this to be, you can use fresh or frozen fruit. Frozen fruit will give you more of a ‘slushie’ texture.
- The vegetable. Such as kale, spinach, carrots etc.
- Protein- such as Yogurt, chia or flax seeds or even peanut butter.
- Healthy fats- Avocado, coconut oil or nuts.
- Liquid- such as yogurt or coconut water
- Some kind of topping such as granola or oatmeal
When you decide what to put into your smoothie bowl, be conscious of serving sizes.
When individually each ingredient may seem to be healthy, it is the serving size that can get you, or at least me, into trouble. The key of course is moderation. Go for a good balance of ingredients.
Most recipes call for ingredients to be put into a blender and blended and then poured into a bowl before adding the toppings.
Here are more ideas for smoothies!
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