In case you didn’t know (or have been living under a rock), smoothie bowls rock. They are the most delicious and perfect vegan breakfast idea ever.
Why do I love smoothie bowls so much? Because they are extremely versatile, easy to make, quick, and very nutritious (if you make them like I am about to show you!)
I prefer smoothie bowls over smoothies for 2 reasons:
- They take longer to eat, which is really good for your digestion. The good old Dr. G (Greger, that is), says that smoothies are great to consume as long as you eat them within the same time period as you would chewing all those fruits and veggies in the smoothie. Smoothie bowls accomplish this.
- They are more fun to eat, because you can add many toppings, and basically eat them like morning cereal, so that you actually chew them rather than gulp them down, and get hungry again 2 minutes later.
You can shove tons of nutritious elements into your smoothie bowls, such as seeds, greens, and fruits, that you would have a hard time eating otherwise. In combination, these foods taste amazing.
Think of a smoothie bowl like a giant ice cream, made from delicious fruits and even greens, that you get to eat for breakfast! I mean, who wouldn’t like that?
I got many of my students addicted to these beauties, and I am pretty proud of that. If you haven’t gotten addicted yet, it’s your time now!
Now, I know that in winter, many people are confused about what to eat for breakfast. Smoothie bowls are a great solution because you can use whatever frozen fruit you have around, rather than foraging for fresh fruit that is probably lower quality…
Before you blame this health coach for telling you to eat frozen fruit – know this: frozen fruit is usually more ripe than fresh fruit, because it is frozen at peak ripeness. That’s pretty cool! The only downside is that you would have to turn on the heater while eating your smoothie bowl… But it’s worth it, I promise!
And now, I want to share my 3 favorite smoothie bowl combinations for winter.
Blueberry Mint Maca Smoothie Bowl
This smoothie bowl is super refreshing, and if you only want to use frozen fruit – this is your bowl! I discovered it completely accidentally one day, when I just mixed all these random ingredients in the blender as I was running out the door to teach a class. And it worked! The result is really refreshing and delicious.
I chose to top this smoothie bowl with fresh mint, cacao nibs, and raw coconut flakes. I love all of the anti-oxidants, PMS-boosting properties of maca root, flax seeds, and minty flavor of this bowl! Another bonus – you can add blackstrap molasses, which give you a full day’s worth of calcium in just a couple of tablespoons. And they actually taste good in this combination! Trust me, I am not a huge fan otherwise.
If you want to feel the chunkiness of the cacao nibs, blend everything aside from the cacao nibs, and add them after this. Then, pulse a few times to incorporate but not completely break down.
Cranberry Pineapple Smoothie Bowl
Cranberries are one of the world’s healthiest fruits! However, most people only know how to eat them with lots of sugar to combat the tartness. In this yummy smoothie bowl, I combine very sweet fruits with cranberries, and the result is really delicious. Tha tartness of the cranberries compliments the sweetness of the other fruits extremely well. Give it a try!
- 2 bananas very ripe and frozen
- 1/2 cup fresh cranberries
- 1/2 cup clementine juice
- 1 pear, deseeded
- 1 cup frozen pineapple
- 1 tbsp flax seeds
- 5-10 fresh strawberries, sliced optional
Top with fresh strawberries, or any other fresh fruit you'd like.
Pumpkin Spice Persimmon Smoothie Bowl
This smoothie bowl is such a yummy, comforting treat for winter! Persimmons are one of my favorite in-season fruits, and combined with the pecans – it’s a perfect smoothie bowl for holiday mornings! Be sure not to over-blend this one, because persimmons tend to turn things into pudding or gel, and it’s not a nice texture in a smoothie bowl unless you do want pudding!
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