Smoothie Bowls Sweep The Nation

You already know that smoothies are a great go-to snack or meal for helping you get the important vitamins and minerals you need each day. But did know that a new food trend sweeping social media can help you pack even more nutrients into your diet, and help you stay on track with your health goals? Smoothie bowls are easy to assemble, infinitely customizable, and as it turns out, as delicious to eat as they are pretty to look at! They can help you start your day on the right foot, serve as busy afternoon fuel, or – dare we say it – even replace a bowl of ice cream for dessert.

Read on to learn how to start incorporating smoothie bowls into your diet:

The lowdown

So, it’s a smoothie – but in a bowl? Sounds simple, but it sure is tasty, and pouring your smoothie creations into a bowl instead of a glass helps you fit in even more good-for-you ingredients. Thicker smoothie recipes are typically used in a smoothie bowl to make the dish more substantial, Hello Glow noted. There are many different types of thickeners you can use, including Greek yogurt, nut butter, tofu, chia seeds or even cooked beans. Peanut butter and frozen fruit also work as great thickeners. You whip up the smoothie in the blender, pour it into a bowl, then top with tasty and nutritious add-ons like fruit, nuts, granola, coconut flakes, vegetables or cocoa powder. Then, it’s time to dig in! Smoothie bowls – they’re sweeping the nation, one spoonful at a time.

The benefits

Not convinced that a smoothie belongs anywhere other than a tall glass or sports bottle? Consider the many benefits of a smoothie bowl. First, the thicker smoothie recipe combined with the additional toppings makes a smoothie bowl a more filling, satisfying breakfast than your typical smoothie in a cup, so it’s perfect for breakfast or other times you’re craving something more substantial to help you power through your day. Ingredient combos for smoothie bowls are only limited by your imagination and flavor preferences, so you’re probably less likely to get bored of them than you would drinking the same general smoothie each day.

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Make-ahead

Another benefit of smoothie bowls is that they’re very easy to assemble ahead of of time to enjoy throughout you busy week. Blend a large batch of smoothies, then pour them into perfect portioned containers. Store the toppings together in additional containers, place in the fridge to chill and then grab and go whenever you need a healthy, nutritious and filling meal.

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Get fancy

What’s great about smoothie bowls is that they’re hard to mess up – smoothie bowls are infinitely customizable! However, if you want to get a little extra creative, there are many fun flavor combinations you can try, such as:

Adults aren’t the only ones who can enjoy the wonders of the smoothie bowl – kids will love them, too. With a spoon in hand and a bowl piled high with bright, colorful ingredients, they’ll feel like they’re digging into something special! Try this kid-friendly recipe for Frozen Peanut Butter Superfood Smoothie Bowls from the blog Cotter Crunch:

Ingredients:
1 tablespoon melted organic coconut oil
1/2 to 1 tablespoon creamy natural peanut butter
8-10 ounces of almond or coconut milk
1 scoop vegan protein
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 teaspoon honey, maple syrup or agave
1 cup frozen berry blend
Optional cinnamon for extra sweetness
Optional 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract for extra sweetness

Directions
1. Combine the melted coconut oil and peanut butter. Spoon into freezer trays and allow to freeze.
2. Once frozen, combine the peanut butter/coconut oil mix with the rest of the ingredients in a blender. Use less milk and add a handful of ice if you want to make the smoothie extra thick.
2. Pour into bowls and drizzle with peanut butter, chia and additional honey or agave if you like and enjoy.

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