Sep 26, 2016
This year has been a big one for the smoothie bowl. If you are unaware of this trend, just log onto Instagram and all you will see are beautifully decorated extravagant bowls of thick smoothies with hashtags and even accounts dedicated to it. A smoothie bowl is a thick blend of fresh fruits and veggies along with other interesting additions like chia seeds, oats, yoghurt served in a bowl. This is a lot thicker and vibrant than the smoothies we are used to having with an almost ice-cream like consistency.
Smoothie bowls are a lot more than just aesthetically appealing. They are power packed with health and nutritional benefits because of all the fresh ingredients that go into them. Berries being a major part of these, are a great source of vitamins and anti-oxidants. Every fruit or vegetable that goes into these is packed with the healthiest nutrients. Additions like chia seeds are a great source of protein and oats are filled with fibre. With more fruit and less liquid, these smoothie bowls keep you fuller for longer intervals making them perfect to start your day with.
The smoothie bowl isn’t complete without its toppings. The beautiful toppings on your smoothie bowls are an opportunity to add more healthy nutrients and superfoods to your day. Berries, fresh cut fruits, coconut shavings, seeds, dry fruits and superfood powders are a few toppings that you can choose from to crown your smoothie bowl. Each of these are full of vitamins and minerals that are needed by our bodies to keep it going.
Vegan All The Way
If you are vegan, this can be your go-to meal. It is organic, healthy and can be made vegan-friendly by substituting milk with almond or coconut milk. Cacao nibs can be added instead of cocoa powder for the chocolaty flavour and avocados or peanut butter or almond butter can also be added to get a creamier texture. Dates can be added instead of sugar to sweeten your smoothie.
DIY Smoothie Bowl
It is more than easy to make your own smoothie bowl and what’s better is that it can be customised to your taste and health preferences. Here is a recipe that you can try out at home.
1 cup strawberries
1/2 cup milk (regular/almond/coconut)
1 tablespoon peanut butter
1/2 cup soaked chia seeds
Mix all of these in a blender and pour into a bowl. Top it off with sliced strawberries and banana, sunflower seeds, coconut shavings and anything else that you like or prefer.
The good thing about these is that a variety of flavour and texture combinations can be made with whatever is available. It’s no fuss, easy and healthy. What more can you ask for?