Alright, so obviously smoothie bowls are all the rage on Instagram and Pinterest and basically every social media site and blog on Earth, but I’m serious about my passion for these delish lil guys. They can be eaten as a breakfast, lunch, dinner or snack, and they are an amazing alternative for someone who is not so passionate about drinking their meals. However, there are some key steps that need to be taken when crafting the perfect smoothie bowl in order for you to get the most bang for your buck, so take notes friends, and get ready for a whole new addition to your summer recipe rotation.
Step One: The Base is Key
The base of the smoothie bowl is what creates the bulk of the meal, and therefore should be composed of the most wholesome and nutrient-dense ingredients. I usually try to make mine as green as possible, in this particular bowl I added kale, spinach, coconut water, and a handful of frozen pineapple chunks. However, the key to getting the perfect smooth-yet-thick texture lies in the amount of liquid you use…less is definitely more. Start with just a splash of coconut water (or almond milk, coconut milk, or even regular H2O) and then add more if you feel like your blender needs the help.
Step Two: Some Yum Fruity Toppings
Obviously the toppings are where you can get creative….I definitely recommend trying to incorporate some seasonal fruits to the top of whatever base I’ve created. Adding slices of banana, kiwi, or some antioxidant rich berries helps to tie the whole meal together and give it that last boost.
Step Three: Nuts are a Must
Smoothie bowls are never complete in my mind without some healthy fats. I am a huge fan of coconut (post soon to follow b/c this subject honestly deserves a whole separate blog), but I almost always add chia seeds, goji berries, and then some type of raw, sprouted nuts. These babies will help keep you fuller longer, and are even packed with the necessary fibers to help you digest all the hard work you just created.