Culinary Wednesday: Ultimate Smoothie Bowl Inspiration

Warmer weather and an abundance of fresh fruit in tropical climates has boosted the popularity of smoothie bowls. It’s actually a fool proof way of consuming your daily 8-10 servings of fruits and vegetables. This is a great breakfast option, especially if you are trying out a vegetarian or vegan diet. Next time you find a deal on seasonal fruit in bulk make sure to pick some up and freeze them for fresh smoothie bowls!

Smoothie Bowl Inspirations

Sprouted Buckwheat and Coconut Breakfast Bowl by Ashley Neese

Ashley uses freshly sprouted buckwheat and pumpkin seeds as a base for her bowl.  She’s a big believer in using frozen berries during the out of season months because they are flash frozen at the peak of freshness and are a better choice than expensive imported fruit.  She garnishes with a sprinkle of anti-inflammatory turmeric for a bit of flavor and color.

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Enlighten Smoothie Bowl from The Simple Veganista

Julie from The Simple Veganista gets that gorgeous color, above, from a mix of berries, and she uses banana and a bit of ice for a thick, spoon-able consistency.  Because fruit is lacking in protein, she likes to add a scoop of almond or peanut butter to the blender, and she suggests adding a scoop of protein powder for an even bigger boost.

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Vanilla Smoothie Bowl with Dark Chocolate and Blueberries from Eat Better Not Less

Nadia from Eat Better Not Less uses vanilla whey in her smoothie bowl, which she says makes it especially great as an after workout snack, as well as for breakfast.  It’s sugar, gluten, and dairy-free, and I think that chunk of dark chocolate on top is pure genius.

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Mixed Berry Smoothie Bowl from What’s Gaby Cooking

Gaby’s bowl is another straightforward fruit centered recipe, with blended berries,  a mix of fruit on top, and a lot of crunch from a ready-made granola.  It just goes to show that whether you go with exotic ingredients or just whatever is in season in your area, you can create a pretty, healthy, and super delicious breakfast in a bowl — so dust off your blender and see what you come up with!

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Arugula Romaine and Pear Smoothie Bowl from Vanille Vert

Nathalie from Vanille Vert makes an unusual bowl that’s  full of fiber from leafy greens — it will give you that ‘full’ feeling longer.  She suggests using fruit in moderation in smoothies, and balancing out the sweetness with a protein source like nuts and seeds.  Her power smoothie bowl has got  all the nutrient groups represented!

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Green Matcha Breakfast Smoothie Bowl from Food to Glow

Kellie from Food to Glow is a cancer nutritionist who makes a nourishing (and eye-popping)  bowl  made with brilliant green matcha powder in a yogurt base.  She tops it with a beautiful contrast of blood oranges.

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Many companies promote added flavoring or vitamin boosts for the smoothie base, this is totally optional, we find that the right combination of produce will have plenty of flavor, texture, and nourishment as is.

Photos from http://theviewfromgreatisland.com 🙂

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