HIIIIII! One of my favorite things to eat (and I guess everyone else’s, too, based on the mass amount of social media posts) is a smoothie bowl. They are quick, easy, and so dang delicious. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, it doesn’t matter because the smoothie bowl has your back…er, stomach.
Now you may be asking yourself, why oh why do I need another smoothie bowl recipe when there are like, 5 million floating the web? Here’s the deal- this smoothie bowl recipe is just for the base of the bowl, not all the toppings. I’m not gonna tell you how to top your bowl, but I will def offer suggestions. 🙂
It’s also so important to note that all smoothie bowls are NOT created equal. This is what I mean:
This bowl base is not going to spike your blood sugar like a crazy acai-strawberry-mango-pineapple bowl from the local juice bar will. All that fruit means a lot of sugar. And a large influx of sugar is going to jack up your blood sugar levels and make you even hungrier and lethargic later on. Not cool.
Fruit has this halo of health around it, but there is such a thing as “too much of a good thing”, which I will get into in a later post. For now, let’s just focus on moderating fruit, adding more greens, and pairing it with protein and a healthy fat.
The only sugar in this recipe comes from 4 coins of frozen banana. Just HALF a banana’s worth of fruit. This is a perfect portion to add creaminess to the bowl without too much sugar. The other essential part of the smoothie bowl base is the greens. If your bowl ain’t green, then you ain’t doing it right ;).
Blending greens into smoothie bowls is seriously the most no-brainer way to up the nutrition content. I will take every chance I can get to have some extra antioxidants, fiber, polyphenols, vitamins, and minerals. Most of us could use a little boost in that department. So if a green salad is not your thing, this green smoothie bowl will be.
A trick that I love is keeping bags or containers of frozen spinach/kale on hand rather than fresh greens for smoothie bowl purposes. One, because you don’t have to worry about accelerated nutrient loss or perishability, and two, because it adds to the thickness and cold temperature of the bowl. Genius, right?
The next critical element about the base of the smoothie bowl is protein. Protein is critical for satiety and blood sugar balance. Incorporating protein into a smoothie bowl will keep you feeling full, and you won’t spike and crash that blood sugar like you would without it. Protein+fruit= happy body.
Please use a protein powder that does not have any artificial ingredients or added sugar. Look for protein powders that use monk fruit extract as the sweetener. My two current faves are here and here.
The last element of this well-balanced bowl is the fiber/healthy fat boost from the flax seeds and chia seeds. The heart-healthy fats in these two seeds will also help to keep you full and bring down inflammation (what up, omega-3’s), so it’s great for a post-workout meal.
Now let’s get the recipe so you can go make it for yourself!
~Makes 1 serving~
1 cup milk of choice (my fave is flax milk)
1 big handful spinach or other greens
1/2 of a medium frozen banana
2 teaspoons flax seeds
2 teaspoons chia seeds
1/2 teaspoon matcha powder
1 scoop protein powder- used this one
Put everything into the blender, and let it whir! Transfer to a bowl and add your toppings. For the bowl in this post, I used cacao nibs, granola, dragon fruit, and tahini. Bon appetit!
Tell me- are you a fan of the smoothie bowl? What are your go-to toppings? Make the bowl and tag me in your creations @bouquetsandbaguettes so I can see (and drool)! Have a fab rest of your week!