If you like to eat your breakfast with a spoon (as opposed to drinking it through a straw), what better way to start your day than with this cool, nutrient-rich breakfast? Smoothie bowls have endless possibilities depending on your taste preferences. All you need is a good blender, a bowl and spoon, and your ingredients and toppings of choice.
In a blender, combine:
½ – 1 cup frozen fruit: Try frozen mixed berries, mangos, cherries, or another frozen fruit favorite.
Fresh fruits or vegetables: You might consider ½ to 1 whole fresh banana. The banana adds a nice creaminess to your smoothie bowl. The riper the banana, the sweeter it will be. Or try adding a handful of kale or baby spinach, some roasted beets or fresh peaches.
¼ – ½ cup milk plus ½ – 1 cup vanilla Greek-style yogurt – OR – ½ to 1 cup kefir
Other ingredients of your choosing: Perhaps 1 Tablespoon chia sees, a spoonful of nut butter, a sprinkle of flaxseeds or a scoop of whey protein powder.
Blend until smooth and creamy and pour in a bowl. Play around with the amount of milk/yogurt or kefir, keeping in mind that the thicker the smoothie, the easier it is to eat with a spoon.
A smoothie bowl is not complete without the toppings. Try fresh or dried fruit, a sprinkle of granola, nuts, chia seeds, ground flaxseed, unsweetened shredded coconut, crushed graham crackers or a few chocolate chips. Let your creativity inspire you!
Berry Beet Smoothie Bowl
1 cup frozen mixed berries
½ of a banana
2 cooked beets
½ cup raspberry kefir
Place frozen berries, banana, beets and kefir in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour in a serving bowl. Garnish with toppings of choice.
Tropical Mango Smoothie Bowl
1 cup frozen mango
½ of a banana
½ cup low-fat vanilla Greek-style yogurt
¼ cup low-fat milk (more if you prefer a thinner consistency)
1 tsp flaxseeds
Place frozen mango, banana, yogurt, milk and flaxseeds in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour in a serving bowl. Garnish with toppings of choice.
Just get out your melon baller and scoop some juicy, seedless watermelon. Then alternate those delish balls of fresh mozzarella with basil. Drizzle some balsamic vinegar on it if you’re feeling crazy! Your guests will be super impressed, indeed – and the prep for your summer party just got much faster!
Makes 16 bars (if using ice cube trays, makes 48 bars)
1/2 cup honey-roasted peanuts (chopped almonds or other nuts can be used instead)
1/2 cup roasted/salted sunflower seeds
1 cup raisins, black or golden or both
1 cup dried cranberries
1-1/2 cups oats, dry
2 cups toasted rice cereal
1/2 cup whey protein isolate, vanilla (about 2 scoops)
1 cup natural peanut butter (almond or sunflower butter can be used instead of peanut butter)
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup honey
2 tsp vanilla extract
Coat a 9X13 inch baking pan, or 3 ice cube trays, with nonstick cooking spray.
Combine peanuts, sunflower seeds, dried fruit, oats, cereal, and why protein in a bowl.
Combine peanut butter, brown sugar, honey, and vanilla extract in a microwaveable bowl. Microwave on HIGH for 1-2 minutes until bubbling. Add to dry ingredients and stir.
Transfer the mixture to the prepared pan and press down firmly. It may help to spray fingers with cooking spray.
Let sit 1 hour until hard. If a pan was used, cut into 16 bars. If ice cube trays were used, simple pop out and enjoy.
Nutrition Information Per Serving (1 bar or 3 ice cube bars): 296 calories, 8 g protein (including 2 g whey protein), 43 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 11 g fat, 2 g saturated fat, 98 mg sodium. Also contains: iron.