If you follow me on my foodie Instagram (@delicious.destinations – shameless plug!), you would have probably noticed my recent obsession with smoothie bowls. I’m here to further say that yes, I love smoothie bowls, and this is an entire post dedicated to smoothie bowls.
As a self-proclaimed foodie, I find that the aesthetic and presentation of the food is equally – if not more – important than how it smells or tastes. We like to eat with our eyes, and as humans we can be very judgmental and make a decision within seconds of seeing something. So if something looks gross, you probably aren’t going to eat it. This is why with anything, but especially smoothie bowls, I take pride in making them as Tumblr-worthy as possible.
But what is a smoothie bowl?
Smoothie bowls are exactly what they sound like: smoothies in a bowl. And you’re probably wondering “okay, cool, but what is the point of putting your smoothie in a bowl?” The short answer is that there really is no point. But, remembering what was mentioned above about aesthetics, and your smoothie bowl can go from some boring thing in a glass to something gorgeous in a bowl. I’m being serious here!
This isn’t to say that I don’t drink just basic smoothies – I do all the time, especially if I’m on the run or have very limited time. But if I do have the time, I tend to take it and put together something that looks and tastes amazing. And if I haven’t sold you so far, the two best parts are that 1) it is 90% fruit, making it naturally sweet, and 2) it only takes 5 minutes to make, tops.
What goes into smoothie bowls?
This is the creative part, because there really is no wrong way to make smoothie bowls! So to answer this question, it really should be ‘what do YOU want to put into your smoothie bowl’?
A typical smoothie bowl consists of two parts: the actual smoothie base and the toppings.
The smoothie base is quite simply the smoothie that you probably make on a regular basis, but poured into the bowl. You can pretty much put any kind of fruit (or vegetable, if you feel so inclined) along with any kind of milk or yogurt or additional things (i.e. protein powder, chia seeds, ground flax, etc.). While the fruit and veggies that I choose are constantly switching based on what I’m feeling and availability, the two basics that I always rely on are almond milk (or regular milk, if we don’t have almond milk at home) and yogurt (either vanilla or some kind of berry).
The toppings probably are my favourite part! You can put anything from seeds to fresh/frozen fruit, granola, cocoa powder, roasted coconut, sliced almonds… if you are feeling it, you can top your smoothie bowl with it!
Some personal favourites
As I mentioned, I make smoothie bowls as often as time permits, and I have grown to fall back on a few favourites, like the one in the featured image which was made up of frozen blueberries and raspberries, 1 banana, vanilla almond milk and apple sauce, and topped with more frozen blueberries, granola, flax seeds and cinnamon.
Here are some other ones that I have made in the past, and what’s inside them!
Smoothie: almond milk + vanilla yogurt + 1/2 cup of frozen raspberries, 1/2 banana, 1/4 cup of spinach
Topped with the other half of the banana (sliced), frozen raspberries, sliced almonds and chia seeds
Smoothie: vanilla almond milk + 1/2 cup of fresh strawberries, 1/4 cup of frozen raspberries,1/4 cup of frozen mangos, 1/2 banana
Topped with the other half of the banana (sliced), strawberry puree, sliced almonds, chia seeds, and roasted dark chocolate coconut
Smoothie: vanilla almond milk + vanilla yogurt + 1/2 cup of frozen mixed berry blend + 1/4 avocado
Topped with chia seeds, sliced almonds, and pumpkin seed granola (which you can buy from Costco!)
Smoothie: vanilla almond milk + 1 banana + 1/2 cup of spinach + 1/4 cup of frozen mangos
Topped with chia seeds, roasted dark chocolate coconut and sliced almonds
If you want to see more smoothie bowl inspiration, or any other thing that I cook or try, do check out @delicious.destinations on Instagram for more!
P.S. This is part of my new Lifestyle section! You’re probably wondering how this differs from my food blog, Delicious Destinations. I have decided to keep that food blog for strictly restaurant reviews and as a way to keep my foodie bucket list all together in one place, whereas I plan on featuring recipes in this section. Occasionally I may talk about some restaurants that I am in love with here, but it will mostly be recipes and other thoughts on food and drink. Future lifestyle subsections will include Health and Beauty & Fashion. Thanks for reading!