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Smoothie Bowls – The Next Food Trend

By: Evita Basilio

Smoothies made their debut in the 1960’s. Since then, there have been many spins on the original thick beverage made from blended raw fruit and/or vegetables. The latest trend combines the healthy drink with toppings to create a thicker meal that you can chew!

blueberry smoothie bowlSmoothie bowls are healthy, filling and I can go crazy with toppings. In my last blog Why You Should Blend up a Smoothie Today I talked about how smoothies are an easy way to reach your fruit and veggie intake for the day. However, I love adding lots of nuts and seeds for protein and fat, making it a struggle to make my smoothie thin enough to swallow.

Mixes and Methods
I tried my hand at creating my own smoothie bowl and now I’m hooked! You can use the regular smoothie recipes that you’ve always used (I usually just throw together whatever is in my fridge). The ingredients you add will affect the consistency of your smoothie, so you may need to experiment with different combinations and ratios in order to end up with your ideal smoothie bowl.

You can make a fruit smoothie one day, vegetable the next, have some fun with it. Use less liquid, as you’re going to be eating this smoothie with a spoon. Combine all ingredients in your blender, pour into a bowl and add toppings. The smoothie bowl serves as a great meal, snack or dessert.

Get creative!
Here’s a lengthy list of toppings you could add: Flaxseeds (of course!), coconut flakes, granola, muesli, frozen berries, chia seeds, buckwheat, goji, shredded fruit, honey, figs, strawberries, banana, passion fruit, dehydrated fruit (apple chips), herbs: mint, micro herbs, pomegranate arils, kiwi, strawberries, oats, almond flakes, pecans, walnuts, macadamias, sunflower seeds, brazil nuts, cashews, orange, lemon, lime, dried fruit. I think you got it.

Experiment, grab a spoon and enjoy your creation! (And maybe instagram it too, they turn out to be rather pretty).

Looking for some smoothie bowl inspiration? Check out Anni Kravi’s Instagram account, as well as 35 smoothie bowl recipes.

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