It's time to take the smoothie out of the glass and put it into the bowl. Smoothie bowls — which have a creamier consistency than the stuff you may be used to drinking — are nutritious and delicious. And what better way to start the day than by eating something that can pass as dessert and will keep you satisfied and energized until lunchtime?
Go on. Grab your spoon and get a load of these 13 recipes.
Friday Is Cake Night used a couple of smoothie packs, half a frozen banana (which gives the smoothie bowl a creamy texture similar to soft serve ice cream) and some almond milk to thin it out a little. The toppings can be anything you have on hand: granola, fruit, chia seeds, honey, coconut cream — the sky's the limit.
Healthiecook made the base with red dragon fruit, also called pitaya — and just check out that bright pink hue! If that doesn't wake up most of your senses in the morning, we don't know what will. She tops this smoothie bowl with slices of kiwifruit, cubed pineapples and granola.
Downshiftology used mango as a base, and bolstered with pineapple, blueberries, coconut and granola. She recommends you start with the liquid so it's at the bottom of the blender. Then add the fruit. It's also best to pre-slice and freeze fruit so you can just grab what you need for your morning smoothie bowl without wasting precious morning time on peeling and chopping.
The Healthy Family & Home used frozen acai berry smoothie packs, which taste a little like chocolate. After mixing all the ingredients together, you may find this smoothie bowl tastes like a frozen chocolate cherry treat. This may be the answer for those of us who wish we could inhale a pint of Cherry Garcia every day.
Pumpkin 'n Spice packs this smoothie bowl with nutrients, protein and fuel to keep you going all day long. Its base is chocolate and creamy peanut butter, and the toppings may include bananas, kiwi, strawberries and granola.
Hello Natural's smoothie bowl is so nourishing and energizing that you may be able to skip a healthy midmorning snack.
The Blonde Chef went all out and made two different bases for this smoothie bowl. The first base has kale, banana and peach, and the other is blackberry and blueberry. Top this colorful bowl of nutritious goodness with flaxseeds, chia seeds, almonds, bananas, cacao nibs, shredded coconut and pumpkin seeds.
I Love Vegan blends together a cup of soy milk, a cup of frozen mango, a cup of frozen raspberries and a quarter cup of raw pumpkin seeds. Then she tops with half a cup of granola, fresh berries and a tablespoon of raw pumpkin seeds. We don't know if eating this smoothie bowl will give you beautiful hair, but it's certainly a yummy way to start the day that is actually good for you.
Flavor the Moments used kiwi, spinach, bananas and coconut milk for the base and topped it with fruit, granola and toasted coconut.
Half Baked Harvest uses crunchy black sesame quinoa cereal as part of the base for this tasty, good-for-you breakfast that will be ready in minutes.
Try Anything Once includes a Blueberry Pomegranate Sambazon freshie drink as part of this smoothie bowl's base. Also included are two sliced bananas, an apple, half a cup of blueberries, flaxseeds, a scoop of brown rice protein powder and half a cup of granola. If you want an even creamier texture, you can include plain Greek yogurt. Top with banana slices and blueberries.
Minimalist Baker recommends you use ingredients that will give you a thicker, more nutritionally dense smoothie, such as avocado or nut butter, and then top with some coconut, hemp seeds or granola.
Eat Better Not Less says this smoothie bowl not only makes a great filling breakfast but also a great post-workout snack or meal, thanks mostly to the vanilla whey. Perfect advice! Depending on what time you work out, it can be very tempting to inhale three servings of yummy pasta after an hour-long cardio workout that leaves you feeling drained and ravenous. Don't put in all that work in vain!