Are you on the Smoothie Bowl bandwagon? If not, grab your blender and climb aboard! I am a smoothie junkie, so creating epic jazzed-up smoothies in giant bowls makes me shimmy with glee. Smoothie bowl images seem to be popping up everywhere in social media. These beautiful bowls take smoothie creation to the next level of food art, and given my passion for smoothies, I am thrilled that this trend seems to be inspiring more smoothie love! For those of you wondering what the heck is a smoothie bowl, read on dear friends . . . read on.
What is a Smoothie Bowl?
Yes. A Smoothie Bowl is basically a smoothie in a bowl. However, smoothie bowls are usually thicker, richer, and more creamy, like ice-cream or frozen yogurt. Containing nutritious ingredients, smoothie bowls tend to offer more of a complete meal with extra toppings and blend-in ingredients, made more possible by serving and eating from a bowl. Even though I have made some incredibly healthy "meal like" smoothies in mason jars, a smoothie bowl offers vast opportunities for adding more ingredients and toppings. Plus - for those seeking healthier "dessert" options or ways to convince kiddos to eat more fruits and veggies, smoothie bowls are a great "dessert" alternative.
Creating a Smoothie Bowl is easy and fun! Blend your favorite fruits and veggies, add some liquid (depending on texture), and top with preferred ingredients. Are you already a smoothie bowl lover? Why not try beets in your next creation? Red beets are beautiful in color, filled with antioxidants and nutrients, and sweet in taste.
How-To Create THE Best Smoothie Bowl
- Limit liquid so your bowl will be extra thick and creamy!
- Use frozen fruits to create an ice-cream/frozen yogurt consistency . . . more eatable with a spoon!
- Toppings are limitless, so go "nuts"!
INGREDIENTS (for smoothie)
Smoothie Bowl Version #1
- 1 1/2 cup cherries (frozen)
- 1 medium red beet (raw, peeled, and quartered)*
- 1 banana (frozen)
- 1/2 cup Greek honey yogurt (vegan alternative- coconut yogurt)
- 1 cup baby spinach
- 1 tbsp almond butter
- 1/4 tsp minced fresh ginger, to taste
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- water or beverage of choice depending on texture
fresh fruit, raw cacao nibs, hemp seeds, sunflower seeds, shredded unsweetened coconut, gluten-free granola or oats
*Smoothie Bowl Version #2
Not a fan of beets in smoothies but want to enjoy their health benefits? Replace raw red beet with 1 package Beet Boost Powder (with Tart Cherry). Beet Boost is filled with antioxidants and provides delicious flavor and energy boosting nutrients.
1. Blend your smoothie ingredients together to create a thick and creamy texture (not too thin or runny as you want to eat this smoothie with a spoon). Add more almond milk or coconut water to thin.
2. Taste and adjust flavor as needed. Add more banana or cherries for extra sweetness. You may also add maple syrup or honey.
3. If looking for extra protein, add more yogurt, nut butter, or protein powder.
4. Pour smoothie into 1-2 bowls.
5. Sprinkle with desired toppings!
Want to make more delicious smoothies featuring all types of yummy ingredients? Stop by Smoothie Bowl Recipes For All Your Breakfast Needs or visit the fabulous Angie Golish and her brilliant blog: My So-Called Chaos where she shares her experiences with smoothie bowl creations.
What are your favorite smoothie bowl ingredients? I would love to hear from you!