Smoothie bowls are all the rage. After encouraging adding smoothies to your daily routine in my previous new years post, I thought it fitting to share one of my favourite smoothie bowl recipes for a little inspiration. To clarify… a smoothie bowl is simply a thick smoothie served in a bowl (obviously) and topped off with delicious toppings, such as nuts, seeds, berries and other chopped up fresh fruit, which help make it extra satisfying and nutritious.
As I’ve mentioned before, I like to keep my smoothies vegetable based with just a single piece of fruit to sweeten. I do this to keep my breakfast low in sugar while packed full of super nutritious greens. However, if you’re new to smoothies, you may want to add an extra piece of fruit and gradually up the veggies as you go. This smoothie is a simple combination of lemon, banana, zucchini and spinach and is easily adaptable to suit you taste. For toppings I used goji berries, coconut, chia seeds and toasted buckwheat groats, which add a great crunch. But really, you can add just about anything that strikes your fancy, so feel free to get creative with whatever you have on hand. I’ve included some more topping suggestions below.
To make smoothies extra quick + convenient, I always have a frozen bag of organic spinach on hand. For bananas, I like to peel and halve them and then freeze them in plastic ziplock bags or foil, which means a smoothie really takes less than 5 minutes to prepare. The spinach & banana being frozen also makes the smoothie extra chilly which I love.
|Breakfast Smoothie Bowl|| || |
- Juice from one lemon (alternatively you can peel the lemon and use the whole thing)
- 2 handfuls fresh spinach (or 2-3 frozen clumps)
- ½ banana (or a whole if you prefer your smoothie sweeter)
- 150 ml (5 fl oz) coconut milk (alternatively you can use nut milk or hemp milk)
- ½ zucchini (medium sized)
- 1-2 tsp coconut oil (OPTIONAL)
- Place all the ingredients in a high speed blender (I use a Vitamix) and blend on high until completely smooth and creamy.
- Pour into a bowl and add toppings as desired.
- Homemade granola for a crunchy fibre-rich topping
- Berries or other chopped fruit for extra antioxidants, fibre and added sweetness
- Any type of nuts + seeds for extra fibre, protein and healthy fats
- Buckwheat groats are crunchy and a great gluten free alternative
- Coconut (shredded or flakes) for an exotic touch and good fats
- A dollop of Greek yogurt mixed in or on top tastes great and adds extra protein