How to Make Smoothie Bowls + My Top 6 Go To Recipes

Smoothie Bowl 101

Most of you will have seen epic looking Smoothie Bowls popping up over your social media for the last couple of years and wanted to give them a go, but for whatever reason you still haven’t popped your Smoothie Bowl cherry. They may look like a lot of effort to make, but in reality they couldn’t be easier. So, in this post I’ll give you a run down of the key ingredients and a few recipes so can become a Smoothie Bowl master who is second to none.

Why You Should Start Eating Smoothie Bowls

I go through about 5 Smoothie Bowls for breakfast a week. They’re easy to make, look amazing, taste incredible and can deliver you with most of the vitamins & minerals that you need for a whole day! They also give you a huge energy boost that lasts hours. Due to our hectic lives it can be difficult to consume the right nutrients needed for our health and a lot of people end up missing out on some of the most important food groups as a result. Getting enough micronutrients is key for us to thrive and blending up an array of fruit and vegetables offers us a creative and quick way to overcome this problem. Plus we get the added benefit of reducing the risk of loads of diseases (such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, cancer, diabetes and obesity) if we eat more of a wholefood plant based diet. It’s time you get blending…

What You’ll Need to Make Epic Smoothie Bowls

First of all you need to choose your blending weapon. I personally use the Breville Blend Active, but the Nutribullet is a favorite among many. Either do a great job.

Things to Blend for the Smoothie Bowl….

For the Fridge / Freezer:

  • Kale
  • Spinach
  • Carrot
  • Celery
  • Ginger
  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • Mango
  • Pineapple
  • Watermelon
  • Plant Based Milk – Soy, Oat, Hemp, Almond etc
  • Coconut Water
  • Ice

For the Cupboard / Fruit Bowl:

  • Avocados
  • Bananas
  • Apples
  • Kiwis
  • Macca Powder
  • Wheatgrass Powder
  • Acai Powder
  • Beetroot Powder
  • Spirulina Powder
  • Flax seed (Ground) – keep in fridge once opened.
  • Cinnamon
  • Protein Powder of choice

TIPS: 1) Most powders can be found in health food stores, however check Aldi / Lidl as they stock some great health items at a cheap price. 2) To make a thicker Smoothie Bowl, always add a banana. Avocado can have the same effect, but less sweet and more creamy. 3) Fill freezer bags with ingredients for your favourite Smoothie Bowls so you can take them out the freezer and chuck them straight in the blender. 4) Use ice or frozen fruit to have a colder more refreshing Smoothie Bowl.

Smoothie Bowl Toppings….

For the Fridge:

  • Grapes
  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries

For the Cupboard / Fruit Bowl:

  • Oats
  • Goji Berries
  • Chia Seeds
  • Hemp Seeds
  • Flax Seeds
  • Desiccated Coconut
  • Nut Butters – Peanut, Cashew, Almond etc
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Almonds
  • Prunes
  • Choc Chips / Chocolate
  • Biscuits to crumble

TIP: 1) For a higher calorie Smoothie Bowl add nut butter as a topping. 2) If you don’t want to make a Smoothie Bowl, but instead want a smoothie to drink from a glass, just add more ingredients to the blend.

My Top 6 Smoothie Bowl Recipes

1. Refreshing & Zingy Goodness

Blend up:

  • 250ml Coconut Water
  • 3/4 cup Raspberries
  • 3/4 cup Blueberries
  • 1/2 Carrot
  • 1/2 cm Ginger
  • 2 Bananas
  • 1tbsp Ground Flaxseed

Top With:

  • Oats
  • Chia Seeds
  • Hemp Seeds
  • Peanut Butter
  • Almonds

2. Antioxidant Rich & Green & Creamy

Blend Up:

  • Blueberries
  • Black Grapes
  • Banana
  • Spinach
  • Avocado
  • Soy Milk

Top With:

  • Oats
  • Chia Seeds
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Almonds
  • Peanut Butter

3. Superfood Blast

Blend up:

  • 1 Banana
  • 1 Kiwi
  • 1 cup Blueberries
  • 1/2 tsp Macca Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Acai Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Beetroot Powder
  • Oat Milk

Top with:

  • Oats
  • Hemp Seeds
  • Chia Seeds
  • Flax Seeds
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Goji Berries
  • Almonds
  • Peanut Butter

4. Fruit 4 Days

Blend up:

  • 1 Avocado
  • 1 Banana
  • 1/2 cup Strawberries
  • 1/2 cup Watermelon
  • 1/2 cup Black Grapes
  • 1/2 cup Pineapple
  • Macca Powder
  • Soy Milk

Top with:

  • Peanut Butter
  • Prune
  • Goji Berries
  • Chia Seeds
  • Oats
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Sunflower Seeds

5. Fresh n Green

Blend up:

  • 1 Kiwi
  • 1 Banana
  • 1 cup Kale
  • 1 tsp Hemp Powder
  • 1 tsp Flax Seeds
  • 1/4 tsp Spirulina Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Wheatgrass Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Macca Powder

Top with:

  • Oats
  • Chia Seeds
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Almonds
  • Peanut Butter
  • Grapes

 

6. Sweet Tooth

Blend up:

  • 1 Banana
  • 1/2 cup Raspberries
  • 1/2 Avocado
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 Apple
  • 1 Scoop Chocolate Protein Powder (any flavour works)
  • Oat Milk

Top With:

  • Chia Seeds
  • Almonds
  • Oats
  • Raspberries
  • Choc Chips

Final Tips

Smoothie Bowls are a great way to get in our fruits and vegetables along with complex carbs, lots of protein and healthy fats. That said, without portion control or knowledge on how many calories your body needs (in relation to your goals) you can end up gaining weight if you’re not careful. Download My Fitness Pal to get a good idea of how much you’re eating and tweak your smoothie bowl recipes to what you feel you need. For example, if your goal is to lose body fat you need to eat in a calorie deficit, yet if you load your bowls up with too much peanut butter, seeds and nuts (which are all high in calories) you can easily over eat without knowing about it. If you need more guidance on your calorie intake or macros feel free to check out my Free eBook. Likewise, if you want to take the next step in your fitness journey and transform your body over the next 8-12 weeks, make sure you check out my Online Programs.

 

Enjoy these Smoothie Bowl recipes guys! If you make them, tag me in your pics online so I can see your creations or post them on my FB page to share the love! (@theleantribe)

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