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How To Make Healthy and Tasty Smoothie Bowls

I enjoy making healthy dishes that contain plenty of good ingredients while remaining tasty.

Why Smoothie Bowls?

Now you may be thinking, what's the difference between a regular smoothie and a smoothie bowl?

Well, the simple answer is that the latter is a smoothie served in a bowl and topped with various toppings such as fruit, chia seeds, and granola. Generally, they are thicker and made with a higher proportion of frozen fruit, so that the mixture's consistency is spoonable.

Personally, I prefer smoothie bowls over regular smoothies because I enjoy adding toppings, and the thicker texture. However, it's hard to beat the convenience of making regular smoothies when on the go, because they can easily be taken on the go if you're running late in the mornings.

Gorgeous smoothie bowl topped with mango, raspberries, banana slices, and mint.

Gorgeous smoothie bowl topped with mango, raspberries, banana slices, and mint.

Blending a smoothie.

Blending a smoothie.

Ingredients and Instructions

You don't even need a recipe. This is easy to make! Just follow this easy formula:

  • 1 frozen banana (adds creaminess)
  • 1/2 to 1 cup fresh or frozen fruit
  • almond or other milk to desired consistency
  • optional: handful of greens, nut butter

Then, blend all the ingredients together, and you're done! You can use either a blender or a food processor to do this. Here are some of my favorite topping ideas:

  • sliced banana
  • chia/hemp/flax seeds
  • coconut shavings
  • granola
  • nut butter
  • anything your heart desires!
Green smoothie bowl topped with fresh fruit and coconut.

Green smoothie bowl topped with fresh fruit and coconut.

Health Benefits

Smoothie bowls are a great way to fit in multiple servings of fruit and vegetables in one go. The recommended serving number of veggies and fruits for normal human beings is 9 servings, which translates to approximately 1.5 cups of fruit, and 2 cups of vegetables. I estimate that in a typical smoothie bowl, you'll be able to knock out at least 1 cup of fruit, and 1 cup of veggies if you decide to add greens.

Also, because they are thicker than regular smoothies, smoothie bowls typically feel more substantial and filling.

This healthy dish can make a very healthy and filling breakfast, and even an afternoon snack! You should definitely consider making one the next time you're looking for a nourishing and easy meal.

Acai smoothie bowl topped with fruit and granola.

Acai smoothie bowl topped with fruit and granola.

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