Cherry Berry Antioxidant Smoothie Bowl
Spring is in the air and I’ve been on a major smoothie kick lately. I usually drink a smoothie for breakfast but today I decided to take my smoothie to the next level by putting it in a bowl, thus making it a Smoothie Bowl…appropriately named right?
I know what you are asking, what the heck is a smoothie bowl? It’s basically cereal elevated – the more satisfying and nutritious cereal for adults. Not to mention, much more aesthetically appealing than the stuff that comes out of the cardboard box!
The formula for making a smoothie bowl is quite simple. The smoothie base acts like the “milk” and the toppings act like the cereal, or like the granola atop yogurt. You want the smoothie base to be a bit thicker than your traditional smoothie, since you’ll be eating it with a spoon instead of a straw.
The fun part is in the toppings, as the combinations are endless and are really only limited by your imagination, and what you have on hand in your pantry and freezer. Every morning can be a unique and exciting smoothie bowl adventure!
When designing your smoothie bowl, here is a list of key components you can refer to for inspiration:
- Greens and Other Veggies: kale greens, spinach, romaine, celery, cucumber
- Frozen Fruits: bananas, apples, pears, kiwis, pineapple, peaches, mango, raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, papaya, lemons, limes, grapefruit, oranges, blood oranges, figs, dates, plums, acai, etc.
- Tip: When freezing larger fruits, peel the fruit first, slice or chop it, and then store the chunks in a freezer bag for easy use.
- Proteins: plant-based protein powders (brown rice, pea, Sunwarrior, Vega, organic grass-fed whey protein, etc.), hemp seeds, chia seeds, nut butters, etc.
- Healthy Fats: chia seeds, avocados, coconut oil, hemp seeds, and any other nuts and seeds you have on hand
- Superfoods: bee pollen, maca powder, lucuma, cocoa nibs, spirulina, chlorella, cinnamon, cayenne, young coconut meat, unsweetened shredded coconut, coconut water, avocados, chia seeds, hemp seeds, matcha tea powder, nut milks, sprouted buckwheat groats, raw gluten-free oats, etc. If some of these “superfoods” are new to you, head over to my pantry page on Nutrition Stripped where I share detailed descriptions to find out if they’re right for you.
- Ice to thicken your smoothie
- Liquid: almond or other milks, coconut water, filtered water, etc.
- Optional Sweetener: If your smoothie base needs a little additional sweetness, stevia is a great way to add it if you’re watching your carbohydrate intake. Otherwise, any sweetener you use in smoothies will work in a smoothie bowl too!
Today I was craving a cheery fruit-based smoothie so I went with a simple blend of banana, cherries, mixed berries and almond milk. I didn’t have much toppings on hand, so I went ultra simple with sliced banana, chia seeds and unsweetened coconut. The combination was delicious and super filling. It was almost too pretty to eat!
For the Smoothie:
- 1 ripe banana
- 1 cup frozen Cherry Berry Medley
- ½ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
For the toppings:
- 1 ripe banana, sliced
- Unsweetened shredded coconut
- Chia seeds
- Add smoothie ingredients to Vitamin or high-speed blender and blend until emulsified.
- Pour into bowl and top with your favorite fruit, granola, nuts or super-foods!
Now it’s your turn! Share below what smoothie bowl combinations you came up with, we’d love to hear from you!