Smoothie bowls, the newest hipster on the block. If a smoothie bowl is simply a smoothie… that has been poured into a bowl… then why do I like them more?
When made correctly, I like smoothie bowls better because they force you to eat slower, they’re usually topped with things that require extra chewing, and they make you sit down to eat. All the crucial aspects of appropriate digestion that people in today’s busy lifestyle omit at meal times.
So for the cynics, yes smoothie bowls are no different in recipe to a smoothie, but the execution has much better benefits than a smoothie in a cup (and the ocean polluting straw) that is inhaled in a minute while driving through rush hour in the mornings. I’m not saying no more smoothies, I’m simply saying, where possible, take that blender and pour the green or purple goodness into a bowl.
Below is my super green smoothie bowl recipe. Ideal for breakfast, for post-training recovery, it happens to be ideal for fertility with an abundance of key nutrients ideal for healthy reproduction, and of course has all the good fats for cell structure, hormone production, and amazing looking skin.
You can top yours with anything you have in the kitchen. I wanted goji for example, but the man of the house had eaten the whole jar without me realising, so organic sultana and currants had to be used instead. I haven’t used a huge amount of greens, just enough for some added iron, calcium and folate. If you don’t like matcha, then simply leave it out, or replace it with acai berry powder for a rich purple option and top with blueberries.
Matcha and mint smoothie bowl (per serve)
1 small banana (frozen makes it even creamier)
1 cup almond, coconut, cashew or organic dairy milk
3-4 small kale leaves or 1/2 cup spinach or watercress
1/2 teaspoon powdered probiotic (optional)
1/2 teaspoon maca powder
1/4 teaspoon matcha powder
5-6 mint leaves
Blend well, and then pour into a bowl. I topped mine with organic coconut chips, organic pumpkin seeds, organic chia seeds, organic currants and sultanas, and sunflower seeds. Bee pollen, goji, and fresh mango would also have been great.