How to Make the Healthy Breakfast Smoothie Bowl of Your Dreams

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When you discover a good thing, it can be hard not to dive in headfirst! Tell everyone you know, and eat, eat, eat. We fell into this trap after discovering irresistible smoothie bowls. You may have seen them on your Instagram feeds in all their fruity, colorful glory and now you can enjoy one from the comfort of your own kitchen!

Get Ready to Make Your Own Smoothie Bowl 

Make your base

Smoothie bowls are very similar to smoothies, they’re just consumed in a different way (spoon, not straw), and include additional toppings and texture. So, start with your favorite smoothie recipe, blending:

  • fruit
  • greens (spinach, kale)
  • ice
  • milk or milk-substitute,
  • juice (orange, pomegranate, carrot)
  • yogurt (greek)
  • a healthy sweetener (agave syrup, maple syrup, honey)

Have fun with it and try your favorite flavors. You can even make two different smoothies to combine in the same bowl for more interesting bites. Keep thickness in mind overall, as you won’t want it too soupy.

Choose colorful fruit toppings

The trick is in the toppings. Consider your base and then add complimentary (but not necessarily identical) fruit like blueberries, strawberries, bananas, passion fruit, and raspberries. This is your chance to try something new or uncommon. When’s the last time you had a kiwi? Try a little on top.

Add some crunch

Texture is key. You don’t want everything to be smooth, so add some healthy seeds (chia, sunflower, hemp, etc.), grains (granola, oats), and/or nuts (walnut, pumpkin, almond). A little unsweetened coconut flakes sprinkled on top is a nice finishing touch.

Be mindful of sweetness

Beware of sweetened yogurt, high-calorie granola, and other unnatural, processed ingredients. Stay as fresh as possible, and know that you’ll get a lot of sweetness from the smoothie and additional fruit toppings. You may even find you want a dollop of crème fraîche or plain greek yogurt on top to tame things!

Have fun with the aesthetic 

Just like the “recipe,” which can be varied in a million ways, have fun with the assembly. Pro tip: It usually looks nicer if toppings are added in chunks, in their own space; and it’s best if the heaviest items go last. You can always mix it and lose the pretty when eating!

Admire your creation and then dig in!

That’s it. Whether or not your final bowl is Instagram-worthy, you can pat yourself on the back for starting the day with a healthy breakfast. Way to go!

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