Summertime Smoothie Bowls

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.

Smoothie Bowl with Granola and Banana

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.

Smoothie Bowls on Pinterest

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.

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10 Responses to Summertime Smoothie Bowls

  1. HaableVaurimn June 29, 2015 at 2:10 am #

    Wow, smoothie bowls are so versatile! Even though I’m on Pinterest I’d never heard about the trend, I’ve got to try this out.
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  2. vegg July 12, 2015 at 12:13 pm #

    I have to try this. I love a nice quick and tasty smoothie for breakfast, but very often I still feel like I haven’t really eaten anything. This seems like the best of both worlds. It even seems like it would be less work and clean up, and it looks more satisfying overall. Chocolate peanut butter sounds like a winner for me.

  3. Tweezy July 12, 2015 at 6:20 pm #

    I have recently gained a few extra pounds and basketball pick-up games on the weekends, are not working out. This seems like a delicious alternative. Thanks for the post.
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  4. brinutrition July 14, 2015 at 1:38 am #

    I have been looking alternative foods that good for weight management. I am a person who love rice so much. No wonder, that my tummy’s getting bulge. It’s kida embarrassing when you have met your long-time-no-see friend and unfortunately, the first thing that came out into her mouth was “You’re drastically so big!”. Of course, it’s a joke for them (and it’s killing me!) Anyway, instead of mourning about the weight that I have gained, I started off my month with a goal: to drop off stones! I guess, this would work. Seemingly, it suppresses my appetite and control my cravings over the foods that made me drool on my past life.

  5. jenna July 15, 2015 at 7:21 am #

    That looks delicious! I can’t believe I never thought of something like this before. I think this is going to be my new breakfast- probably a combination of kiwis, chopped apples, chopped banana, red grapes, blueberries, pineapple, honeydew melon and cinammon.

  6. Amanda July 28, 2015 at 10:30 am #

    Smoothie bowls are so delicious! Especially in the summertime! I first tried a smoothie bowl similar at surf taco and was instantly in love! Healthy, refreshing, and delicious!

  7. GemmaRowlands July 28, 2015 at 10:55 pm #

    These look seriously good – thank you very much for posting the recipes for them! I will be buying some of these ingredients later on today to try and make some smoothie bowls of my own! I always like to try and make my meals as healthy and varied as possible, and it seems like there are a huge range of vitamins and minerals in these bowls alone, so it would be a great thing to be able to have for breakfast and start my day with!

  8. Amber July 29, 2015 at 5:45 am #

    I love it. I’m gonna try smoothie bowl this weekend. I hope the kids would love this. I’m thinking, maybe I could also mix different fruits or even veggies on this. We also love berries, I guess my husband will surely like it. Thank you for sharing this.
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  9. Alex July 30, 2015 at 1:50 pm #

    I first tried a smoothie bowl while on vacation in Hawaii a couple years ago but did not know the name of it since my mother just brought it to me. They had so many fruits to choose from it was amazing! I am so glad to see a blog post about smoothie bowls, I can’t wait to try and make my own at home.

  10. nailah783 October 3, 2015 at 1:45 am #

    I will have to try this. It looks very delicious. Thanks for adding the link so that I could have the recipe. I can’t wait to start this in the morning.

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