One of the great challenges in learning to eat healthy is to overcome years of cultural programming about what breakfast is. Many of our common breakfast foods are pretty poor choices when it comes to maintaining good health, let alone reducing sugar and trying to lose weight – or keep it off.
America has grown fat starting the day with carb-rich breakfasts. All those sugary carbs and highly-processed grains at the beginning of the day set you up for insulin resistance and cycles of hunger. If you’re used to starting the day with a bowl of sugary cereal, perhaps with a pile of toast and jam on the side… that habit has to change if you want to achieve slim good health and keep it. Yet you’ve been told that’s an acceptable and “healthy” breakfast… maybe even the “Breakfast of Champions“.
Then there’s the “continental breakfast”, baked sweet pastries with sweetened juice…. sugar, sugar, sugar…
So What’s A Healthy Breakfast?
There are lots of healthy choices for breakfast. Many involve protein, such as eggs, since it’s been proven that protein in your first meal aids weight loss. A frittata is an excellent example. Today we’re going to discuss a new breakfast you may not have tried, that’s especially attractive in the summertime when you probably don’t want to cook. It’s light, attractive, incredibly healthy and extremely tasty. You’re about to meet the smoothie bowl.
What’s a Smoothie Bowl?
Smoothie bowls are a variation on the green smoothie or fruit smoothie, where some of the ingredients are served on top to add texture and crunch. This is a smoothie you eat out of a bowl with a spoon, instead of drinking it out of a glass. You may feel like this is cheating, because a well-made smoothie bowl seems a lot like eating dessert for breakfast, especially on a hot day.
Look at this beauty – a base made of frozen fruit with some healthy fiber (chia seed) tucked in, topped with nut granola, banana pieces and fresh mint.
Ingredients for a Smoothie Bowl
A smoothie bowl can contain any ingredients you’d put in a smoothie. Frozen or fresh fruit, vegetables such as spinach, cucumber, parsley, celery, greek yogurt, almond milk, ground flax or oat fiber for extra fiber, chia seed or chia gel, even good fats such as MCT oil or nut butters to stave off hunger. Every fruit and many of the vegetables in my last article on negative calorie foods could be part of a smoothie bowl.
You’ll want to use some of your fruit frozen, or add ice cubes to get thickness and chill. An effective trick is to plan ahead and freeze chunks of seedless watermelon to use instead of ice. This is also a good use for bananas that are getting overripe.
You can also add a healthy form of protein powder on a day when you think you’ll need a bit of extra fuel.
Berries, seeds, nuts, granola, toasted coconut and chopped fruit are popular toppings.
You can Google receipes for a smoothie bowl or check out Pinterest, which will offer you lots of choices in an enticing visual display. Just search smoothie bowl on Pinterest to see a mouthwatering array like the one below. Most of the images will lead to recipes when clicked on, or you can use them for inspiration and invent your own smoothie bowl.
Give Smoothie Bowls A Try
Delicious, healthy, energizing, satisfying, chock full of nutrients… and attractive to kids, too. Smoothie bowls may seem too good to be true, but you’ll find that firing up the blender on a sunny summer morning delivers a great breakfast that’s truly a win on all counts.