When I’m sick of making smoothies for breakfast, I go really wild and make… a smoothie bowl! Smoothie bowls are all the rage for many good reasons: they are easy to make, delicious, loaded with antioxidants (hello acai berries) and you can top it with fun nutrient dense superfoods (think bee pollen, hemp seeds, chia!). Eating it with a spoon is another plus because it forces you to sit and slow down (and hopefully eat mindfully), all of which aids digestion. It’s all too easy for me to down a large smoothie in 15 seconds and get an unpleasant brain freeze.
Eating low sugar fruits such as berries every day is a great way to ensure you are getting a healthy dose of anti-aging antioxidants, which help neutralize some of our toxic lifestyle (poor diet, pollution etc). I often do a simple experiment with my clients to demonstrate the power of vitamin C. I cut two slices out of an apple and sprinkle one with lemon juice but not the other. After a while, the slice without the lemon juice starts to brown and wrinkle, while the slice with the lemon remains unblemished and fresh. Guess what? The exact same thing happens to our skin and internal organs.
When they are nourished with a steady supply of daily antioxidants from fresh food your body is able to combat aging, inflammation and chronic diseases. Why daily? Because Vitamin C is water soluble, which means that your body doesn’t store it for future use; any excess leaves the body through urine. Bottom line is we need to ensure a constant supply of Vitamin C rich foods (think beyond berries and include leafy greens, parsley, kiwi, citrus fruit, red bell pepper, broccoli).
Ok, let’s get to the good stuff, what is a smoothie bowl? A smoothie bowl is just fruit (and sometimes greens!) blended to a frozen yogurt consistency with a splash of yogurt or almond milk and garnished with your favorite toppings. So it’s essentially your standard milk and cereal of the nutritionally conscious crowd. I like to use frozen fruit and very little or no liquid so my smoothie bowls often resemble ice cream. A strong blender, like the Vitamix or equivalent, is essential to making a smooth final product, you really don’t want chunks of frozen fruit turning off your peops (or your taste buds). And finally, a frozen banana is always a great addition to add sweetness and creamy texture.
Here are some of my favorite smoothie bowl combinations:
- frozen raspberries/cherries, banana plus almond butter, cacao powder and spinach
- orange, frozen mango and coconut milk
- frozen raspberries, banana, peaches and organic greek yogurt
- Pineapple, banana, frozen acai berries
Here are some of my favorite toppings:
- My Superfood granola
- hemp seeds
- chia seeds
- pumpkin and sunflower seeds
- fruit: fresh berries, kiwi, banana slices
- shredded coconut
- cacao nibs
- flax seeds
- bee pollen
- pomegranate seeds
The fruit and veggie combinations are endless so in no time you will be hooked on creating pretty, Instagram-ready bowls (make sure you tag me :)
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 cup frozen strawberries/raspberries
- 1 frozen acai packet
- fresh berries, granola, bee pollen, chia seeds, hemp seeds, nuts for topping
- Combine all ingredients in a strong blender, like the Vitamix and blend on High until creamy and smooth for about 30 seconds. You would need to use the tamper that comes with the Vitamix to make sure the blades can grab the frozen fruit and blend it properly. Add a splash of liquid if it’s too thick. You are aiming for a frozen yogurt consistency.
- Top with fresh berries, granola, nuts and seeds. Serve immediately.