I don’t spend a lot of time online or on social media, but there’s no escaping the smoothie bowl. This thing is everywhere. I didn’t invent the smoothie bowl, nor do I eat one on a daily basis. I actually eat something very similar but only with a splash of homemade almond milk. It’s a lot less work and just as healthy and tasty. So, I was skeptical.
If you’re not familiar with what the smoothie bowl is, it’s simply a thicker smoothie…in a cold bowl…with stuff on it. That’s it. So why is it getting so much attention? I wanted to find out.
After seeing it online countless times with lots of exclamation points attached to descriptions like “amazingly healthy, better than ice cream, power breakfast, post-workout”, I finally I told my husband we were going eat them last weekend. He said, “How is it different from the foods we normally eat?” I said, “It’s not, really. It’s just colder and it’s in a bowl. Let’s just try it and then we can decide what we think.” This was the weekend smoothie. It was s bit thin, so the oats sank.
We ate it and thought it was super yummy! It even made the breakfast table look a little brighter! Watching my husband eat pink smoothie with a spoon out of a small/medium bowl was very sweet. He’s a wonderful skat.
I even made the smoothie bowl again today. This time I made it with more frozen strawberries and less almond milk, for a thicker smoothie (so my oats didn’t sink). It’s warming up here in Denmark, so eating something really cold was nice! This was today’s smoothie!
While I won’t be making a smoothie bowl every day, I’m on board with the smoothie bowl as something to make for a change of pace, something different, and something special. Here’s are my 6 reasons why I’m now a fan of the smoothie bowl, too:
- It’s a nice way to make something healthy. Good reason!
- It’s fun to decorate the bowl with your toppings. It was fun. For real.
- It’s a nice way to cool off. It’s getting warm out there. Cold stuff is key!
- You can make all different kinds of smoothie bowls. I already thought of 2 other variations I’d like to experiment with.
- It may be a great way to get your kids to eat fruit.
- It’s a great idea (without toppings) if you’re having dental work and are tired of drinking your meals. I say this because I know two people who are currently having or need dental work!
Here are my tips for when you make your smoothie bowl at home.
- A small/medium bowl is perfect! Some of the smoothie bowls I see are HUGE. Why so big? When is it ever a good idea to eat a half-pound of fruit, an avocado, a half-cup of chia seeds and a ton of nuts? Ummm. Never. That’s a stomach ache waiting to happen. Just because it’s healthy, doesn’t mean you want to strap on a feedbag here. Things here in Denmark are smaller than in the U.S. I’ve come to really appreciate this difference. For example, cars, stores, and food portions are all smaller here. Smaller cars make driving much easier. You can actually see more of the road, and cars take up less space on the roads. Smaller stores make it significantly easier to go to the store and get in and out. You don’t’ need to walk ¼ mile to the back of a food superstore to get the one item you need. Smaller food portions in the stores and in restaurants really encourage the enjoyment of food, and you don’t ever feel “stuffed”. I can’t remember the last time I felt like I ate too much.
- This is the one time when being shallow is a good thing. Not you! The bowl. Use a shallow bowl with a larger circumference rather than a super deep bowl with a smaller circumference. Toppings are one of the big differences between a smoothie and a smoothie bowl. So, if you want toppings, then you need room for them. Having said that, a bowl with a smaller circumference will keep your smoothie bowl colder for a longer period of time since there is less surface area exposed. But realistically, you need to eat it right away. So, it’s not something that will sit on the counter for long. You might as well have a nice space for your toppings.
- Chill the bowls for an hour in the freezer prior to making your smoothies. It will help keep your final product thick and chilled!
- Use toppings that you like. I like to use something fresh (berries), crunchy (nuts), chewy (raisins), and hearty (gluten-free oats). My gluten-free granola is also yummy on top of this smoothie bowl.
Strawberry Smoothie Bowl
Yield: 2 servings
For the Smoothie
2 cups almond milk (or dairy-free milk of your choice such as cashew milk or coconut milk)
2½ cups frozen strawberries
⅓ cup fresh blueberries
2 tablespoons gluten-free oats
1 tablespoon sliced almonds
1 tablespoon pecans
1 tablespoon raisins
sliced or whole strawberry (optional garnish)
- Place the bowls you plan on using in the freezer at least one hour prior to making your smoothie bowl. It will help keep your final product thick and chilled!
- Measure out your toppings ahead of time and set aside.
- Blend almond milk and frozen strawberries in a blender for 30 seconds or until smooth but still thick and cold. You may need to scrape down the side of your blender.
- Immediately pour the smoothie into chilled bowl.
- Arrange (or just throw) the toppings on top of your smoothie bowl. Enjoy!
- I use a Vitamix, but a blender will also work.
- You can substitute cashew milk, rice milk, coconut milk, or another non-dairy milk of your choice.
- Use whatever toppings you like. I like to include something fresh (berries), crunchy (nuts), chewy (raisins), and hearty (gluten-free oats). My gluten-free granola is also yummy on top of this smoothie bowl.
- I suggest a bowl that is more shallow with a bigger circumference. (rather than a deep bowl with a smaller circumference). A larger circumference allows you to more easily spread/arrange your toppings. Having said that, a smaller circumference will keep your smoothie bowl colder for a longer period of time. But realistically, you need to eat it right away. So, it’s not something that will sit on the counter for long anyway. So you might as well have a nice space for your toppings.
Nutritional Information Per Serving (One serving): 240 Calories, 10g Fat, 10mg Sodium, 40g Carbohydrates, 9g Fiber, 19g Sugar, 6g Protein