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Bowl’d creations

Even if you’ve never made a smoothie bowl, we’ll bet you’ve spied one on social media – bright berries and perfectly sliced fruit sitting atop yogurt with various nuts, seeds and other garnishes. And who could blame someone for taking a picture? Because when your meal is this beautiful, healthy and delicious, you want to show it off. But even if you’re not someone who posts pictures of their breakfast, you can still enjoy this tasty trend. And we’ve got tips to help you create your own. Let’s bowl!

 

What is a smoothie bowl anyway?

There are no real rules to follow, but the basic idea behind smoothie bowls is to be able to eat your smoothie with a spoon instead of drinking it.

 

What blend of ingredients should I use?

First and foremost, the combination of ingredients you include should be based on the healthy foods you actually enjoy. Start with a base, and then you can pile on healthy toppings. Your base could include low-fat Greek yogurt or your favorite non-dairy milk, like soy, coconut or almond milk. Then add it along with your favorite fruits and/or veggies to your blender or food processor and blend until smooth. (Hint: Steamed, frozen cauliflower makes a great low-calorie addition!) Add a drizzle of honey or maple syrup if your bowl could use some sweetening. But be sure to taste-test it first: with a healthy dose of naturally sweet fruits and berries, you may not need it!

You can also add in chia seeds to the blender. Besides being a good source of fiber and omega-3s, these little seeds also gel and act as a thickener in liquid. They’ll help keep your smoothie from turning into soup! Want to punch up the protein? Add a tablespoon of peanut butter or your favorite protein powder. Hemp seeds are also packed with protein, and you can blend them in or sprinkle them on top. And speaking of toppings, you can keep it simple by setting aside a small amount of the ingredients you blend into the base. Or get creative and add your favorite seeds, chopped nuts, fruits and veggies. Want a bit more crunch? Try low-sugar granola, cacao nibs, shredded coconut or sunflower seeds. The more colorful, the better!

 

How healthy is it really?

The nutritional makeup of your bowl will obviously depend on the ingredients you choose. But the great thing is that it’s customizable. Overall, aim for fresh ingredients with plenty of seasonal fruits and veggies. And use higher calorie ingredients like seeds, nuts and nut butters in moderation.

It may take some tweaking to get the flavor combination and consistency right, but experimenting with healthy combinations is part of the fun. And once you’ve mastered your technique, show your friends and family how it’s done. Dress up your smoothie bowls for a festive brunch by serving them in carved-out fruit “boats” like halved melon, papaya or pineapple. Healthy, delicious and picture-worthy!

 

Show off your smoothie bowl

Go ahead, take a picture. Let your friends know that eating healthy can be delicious and beautiful.

 

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