Check your Instagram feed. If you're like me and follow way too many foodie accounts, I guarantee that you'll see smoothie bowl after smoothie bowl. They're beautiful. They come in every color, every flavor, and somehow look more like art than food. So, what's the point of putting it into a bowl rather than just drinking it?
To tell you the truth, I have no idea. I decided to make one (recipe below!), find out, and report back. Here's what I learned:
- It's really fun to decorate. I think that this would be a great way to get kids to eat their greens (any/or every color of the rainbow!). I have taught pre-school, 2nd grade, 4th-8th grade, and 6th grade, and I have learned that kids LOVE to participate with everything (especially cooking), love color, and love to create beautiful things. If you're a parent, ask your kids what color breakfast they would like to eat in the morning. Choose your smoothie ingredients based on the colors chosen (I'm absolutely going to do a post like this for every color, stay tuned!), put out little bowls with fun toppings like fruit, nuts, seeds, and maybe even a little dark chocolate, and let them create! Then, ask your kids to share what they've created: is it a galaxy or is it a farm with a bunch of little animals running around? What colors do they see? Did the colors change when they mixed in their toppings? How many strawberries did they add? If they eat one strawberry, how many will they have left? There is always an opportunity for learning!
- It really is easier to just drink it. I'm being real here: this takes forever to eat. My boyfriend and I both poured ours into mason jars about 5 minutes into it.
- I think this would be perfect over granola, oats, or cereal. I'm not the best about eating enough greens, but when I blend them up with fruit, I can't get enough. Plus, I love to mix things up with some texture. The next time I make a smoothie, I'm going to pour it over granola. I think it will be fantastic and way more exciting to eat.
Below is my recipe for a simple green smoothie bowl. Feel free to make it as a regular smoothie and drink it, or pour it into a bowl and have fun decorating it! It is nutrient dense, easy to absorb and digest, and will fill you with energy (without leaving you feeling lethargic or heavy). Enjoy!
Smoothie Bowl: Green
Vegan // Serves 2
- 1 Cup Non-Dairy Milk (I used homemade almond milk)
- I Banana, frozen
- Huge handful of Organic Greens (I used Kale and Spinach)
- 1/2 Ripe Avocado (you can use the whole thing if you like the taste!)
- 1 Teaspoon Spirulina
- Toppings! I used half of a Banana, a handful of Blackberries, Pumpkin Seeds, and Hemp Hearts.
1. Add everything except for the spirulina and toppings to a high-speed blender and blend until well combined.
2. Mix in the spirulina to give it that spiral effect, or just toss it in and blend to make a darker smoothie.
3. Top with any/all toppings, and enjoy!