Smoothie Bowls : Easy + Healthy + Yummy
Okay so my first experience with a smoothie bowl was in Paris. Opposite our Air BnB was a vegan restaurant that had the yummiest smoothie bowls ever ! I had been craving to try out a smoothie bowl back then, what with the beautiful images propping up everywhere on instagram. Yummy, fresh and healthy – we loved them. They became our staple for the trip and we couldn’t imagine going off sightseeing without our breakfast bowls to kickstart our day with. However they were really steep – 15 euros for a bowl is steep…no ?
When I got back to Mumbai and Sequel opened up, I was delighted to try our their Power Bowl which is also around Rs 700 and not practical to consume daily. So that is when I decided that I need to create my very own smoothie bowls for breakfast. Of course, the ingredients that go in are not cheap but you can tweak the bowls and recipes to fit your budget, mood and calorie count. It is also a great way to consumer ingredients that I would on any other day, in any other way not look at twice. So here is one bowl recipe that is tried and tested and I promise to keep sharing them with you as I keep trying to create my own Smoothie Bowls at home.
For those of you who are new to Smoothie Bowls, they are condensed or thicker less liquid versions of smoothies and can make for a great healthy breakfast or post workout meal.
In this recipe I use banana and avocado as the base. I love Avocados and they’re so good for you, so I try and sneak them into my meals whenever I can!
Avocado is a super food because they are so incredibly nutrient dense containing 25 powerful nutrients including Vitamin A,B,C,E, & K, copper, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium and iron. They also contain a wealth of healthy fats, which help promote the growth of strong, lean muscles. Avocado also helps to boost your metabolism, and therefore actually help you to burn the bad saturated fats you may eat in other foods. I also use blueberries, which are a great source of antioxidants, and with the avocado also help to reduce inflammation. In this recipe the blueberries and banana are frozen which creates an even creamier feel to the smoothie bowl, and tastes a little like melted ice-cream! I add spinach and kale (ha i told ya this is really healthy). Kale & Spinach are both a potent source of antioxidants and are one of the best alkaline foods, just a few handfuls in your smoothie is great for you !
- 1 sliced banana,frozen for 5 hours or overnight
- 1/2 avocado – buy them from your local vegetable vendor – cheaper than Nature’s Basket Variety for sure.
- 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
- 1/3 cup almond milk (I make it at home, will share the recipe soon)
- 1-2 handfuls spinach
- 1-2 handfuls kale
- Add 1 tsp of Spirulina
TOPPINGS YOU CAN USE
- Cacao nibs – darker the better
- Drizzled almond butter
- Sliced banana
- Frozen fruit – I use strawberries instead of blueberries sometimes as its available fresh and is an economical alternative..
- Chia seeds
- Mixed seeds & nuts
Simply blend all ingredients for the smoothie in your blender until smooth. Pour into a bowl, add your favourite toppings and enjoy! Simple right ? I use Nutri Bullet that I bought off Amazon.