Bacon and eggs, let’s face it, is pretty wonderful. But sometimes you crave something fresher, more colourful and, well, kind of sweet for breakfast.
And on those days, you make yourself a smoothie bowl.
So what’s a smoothie bowl? Well it’s basically a regular smoothie but with other ingredients added in.
Sprinkle over fresh or frozen blueberries or raspberries, chopped nuts, cacaco powder, or coconut flakes for texture, flavour, and colour. I’ve seen some with grated dark chocolate scattered all over, which is a pretty incredible start to the day if you ask me.
First, you choose your base (coconut milk, coconut yoghurt, fruit juice) and then add in your main ingredient. I like to blitz in a handful of berries, because they’re so vivid and pleasing to the eye and also not too sweet – I need a bit of tang in the morning to wake me up.
To make a green smoothie add kale, spinach, or fresh coriander to your base or opt for fragrant, sunrise-coloured mango or papaya. If you need to thicken your smoothie a peeled banana, fresh or frozen, blended into the mixture will do the job, as will a peeled and pitted small avocado. Make your smoothie a little thicker than usual if you’re eating it from a bowl and it’ll hold up the toppings better. If the mixture’s too thin and watery they’ll just sink to the bottom.
Feel free to add in a teaspoonful of some of your superfoods here, too. As well as cacao, matcha is a great choice – it’s said to be high in antioxidants and could give your metabolism a boost.
So, what’s next? Well now your smoothie is finished and poured into a bowl, there’s even more fun. Sprinkle over fresh or frozen blueberries or raspberries, chopped nuts, cacaco powder, or coconut flakes for texture, flavour, and colour. I’ve seen some with grated dark chocolate scattered all over, which is a pretty incredible start to the day if you ask me. And the great thing about this is that you can tailor the ingredients to your individual diet. Low FODMAP? Top yours with sliced banana, blueberries, or thin slices of kiwi fruit, and stay away from dried fruits. AIP? Then go for coconut flakes, small clementine segments, or cherries.
Have fun playing with different flavours and toppings. Grated chocolate and cherries will give you an indulgent Black Forest flavour; while kale, fresh coriander, and a chunk of ginger will start your day off with zesty, aromatic spice.
I love this smoothie bowl mostly because of its hot fuschia pink colour, but also because it’s packed full of vitamin C, fibre, and probiotics which help keep your stomach healthy. The quantities here serve one hungry person, but if you’re trying to limit your fruit intake a little bit, it’ll make a perfect pick me up for two.
Just looking at it will wake you up and make you smile at 7am on a Monday. Promise.
- Juice of 1 large fresh orange
- 2 heaped tbsp coconut yoghurt (I used plain Co-Yo)
- Handful of raspberries (preferably frozen)
- 1 tsp coconut flakes or desiccated coconut
- 1 small just ripe banana (peeled and sliced)
- Small handful fresh blueberries
- Place the orange juice, coconut yoghurt and raspberries in a blender and blitz until smooth. You should end up with a vivid, bright pink smoothie. Pour this into your bowl.
- Top with the other ingredients, arranging them in lines or crisscrosses in the bowl if you like, and eat with a spoon.
What’s your favourite smoothie bowl combination? Why not let us know by leaving a comment using the comments box below!