How To Make Smoothie Bowls

How To Make Smoothie Bowls 

 


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Smoothie bowls are GREAT for summer!  We’re still in the middle of it and while smoothie bowls are delicious and refreshing, they’re also a great way to get some extra nutrients.

Smoothie bowls allow you to have a delicious, fruity smoothie in the morning that is thicker and can be eaten with a spoon.  Many smoothie bowl recipes incorporate good fats in them and textured and nutritious toppings like fresh fruits, granola, oats, shredded coconut, nuts, and seeds

How Do I Make A Smoothie Bowl?

There are several ways to make smoothie bowls.  This article will discuss how to make lower carb smoothie bowls and green smoothie bowls, as well as smoothie bowl prep tips and some yummy and healthy smoothie bowl recipes.


Low Carb Smoothie Bowls – 4 Ideas:


Use Almond Milk

The first option you have for your low-carb smoothie bowl is to replace the regular milk with almond milk. One cup of low-fat milk has about 12 grams of carbohydrates, while a cup of unsweetened almond milk has 0 net carbs. Just make sure you choose the unsweetened variety, as there will be some carbs in the sweetened version. You can also try using a little bit of unsweetened coconut milk if you prefer the taste of that to almond milk.

Skip the Yogurt

Another ingredient that smoothie bowls typically have that will be a little too high in carbs is the yogurt. Yogurt is not always added to smoothie bowls, but it's frequently used to make it nice and creamy and also to thicken it up a little. If you see yogurt in a recipe and just want to replace it, you can try plain yogurt for the base.  Coconut milk and coconut cream also make great yogurt substitutes.

Add Low-Carb Protein Powder

One of the reasons you have ingredients in a smoothie bowl that are not low carb-friendly, like bananas and yogurt, is because you are trying to thicken it up. The smoothie bowl needs to be thicker so that you can pour it in a bowl and eat it with a spoon, as opposed to a thinner smoothie you drink with a straw. To accomplish the thickness without the banana, which is about 25 net carbs each, you can try some low-carb protein powder instead. There are unflavored and flavored varieties, giving you a lot of different options.  Otte Foods carries these nutritious and delicious protein powders.  Some of these protein powders are enriched with other great things like freeze-dried fruits and veggies.  You can buy protein powder here.

Use Lower Carb Fruits & Go Heavy on the Veggies

While there are many delicious fruits that taste wonderful in smoothies and smoothie bowls, many of them are too high in carbs to make this a worthwhile breakfast for you. The best low-carb fruits to use are berries, like strawberries and raspberries. Most other fruits you should skip. However, you can turn it into a greens smoothie with veggies that are low in carbs like avocado, kale, and spinach.

Ideas For Green Smoothie Bowls:
 


Go Green With Greens

Green smoothies get their name from the color of the smoothie, which is often any variation of a green shade, but where do they get the color from? Greens, of course! The bulk of your green smoothie, even in a smoothie bowl, is going to be your dark, leafy greens. While you can use any greens, kale and spinach tend to be more popular options. They have a mild flavor so it is still easy to sweeten your smoothie bowl and have the nutrients from the green veggies at the same time. About a cup or two of greens is good for a smoothie bowl.

Use Enough Fruit to Sweeten it Up

The next step after you have chosen your greens and veggies is to add fruit. This is going to add more flavor to the smoothie bowl, so it doesn’t just taste like you are drinking liquid vegetables. What you want to look for are fruits that don’t just help thicken it up, like your bananas, but fruits that have a lot of sweetness. Fruits, like apples and some types of berries, that are on the tart or sour side, really help to cover the flavor of the greens. Other fruits that go well with greens are kiwi, strawberries, blueberries, mango, and pineapple.

Add Extra Nutrients

You can go with more nutrient-dense ingredients both in the green smoothie and on top when the smoothie bowl is done. This is when you start adding ingredients like chia seeds, sunflower seeds, nuts or nut butter, coconut, and various dairy products for extra calcium. On the top, some good nutrient-dense toppings include coconut flakes, cacao nibs or powder, chia seeds, and goji berries. Get creative with your green smoothie, focusing not just on taste, but texture and nutrition as well.

 

Tips for Prepping Your Smoothie Bowls:

Making smoothie bowls is rewarding and nutritious, not to mention fun, but it can be a little time-consuming. If you want to enjoy a smoothie bowl for breakfast without spending an hour in the kitchen, prepping it ahead of time is your best option. Here are some tips for accomplishing that.

Use Frozen Fruit

You can either buy frozen fruit from the store or freeze your own.  If you freeze your own fruit, slice and chop them first.  Then freeze them separately on a cookie sheet or two before you add them to a bag or container together to store them in longer-term. This will make it a lot easier for you.

Create Smoothie Packs

Once you have prepped all your fruit and prepared to freeze it, you can use it to put together smoothie packs. Smoothie packs consist of frozen fruit and veggies that are prepped ahead of time for smoothie bowls.  To make a smoothie pack, add all the frozen ingredients to a bag.  If additional instructions or ingredients are needed, write them on each bag.  When you want to make a smoothie bowl, all you have to do is empty the contents of your smoothie packet into the blender, add your other ingredients, and you’re good to go.

Prepping your smoothie bowls saves time and energy, and really encourages you to make them more often.

 

Smoothie Bowl Recipes:

And, last but not least, we’ve rounded up some of the best smoothie bowl recipes on the Internet. 

Favorite Smoothie Bowl in 5 Minutes - Minimalist Baker 

Strawberry-Banana Smoothie Bowl (Paleo & Vegan) - Bakerita

Green Smoothie Bowl - Sally's Baking Addiction

Banana-Date Smoothie Bowl (Gluten-Free, Paleo and Vegan) - Bakerita

Dark Cherry Smoothie Bowls - Damn Delicious

Pina Colada Smoothie Bowl Recipe - Delish

And LOTS of Smoothie Bowl Recipes Here at Tasty

We hope this has encouraged you to try smoothie bowls or to eat more of them.  Make sure you check out our store for smoothie bowl ingredients like protein powder, nuts, non-dairy beverages, seeds, granola, green powder, and coconut flakes.

 




July 22, 2020
By Elizabeth Stowers
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