How many of us struggle to eat healthy? Yeah, we might say we’ll eat healthy as our New Years resolution, but how many of us actually follow through with it? I’m one of the people who doesn’t follow through. Recently though, I’ve found an amazing and fun breakfast (or any time really) food, smoothie bowls! This looks yummy, right? I thought so too! Health nuts always seemed like crazy quacks to me, I couldn’t understand how healthy food could be “delicious.” I found these recipes online, which is where the photos came from, after I saw an acquaintance eating a smoothie bowl. It seemed like an interesting idea so I looked it up. There ended up being all kinds of smoothie bowls! I’m not a big fan of smoothies myself, I get tired of it after 1/3 of the way through, and then I just don’t want anymore. Smoothies are on the boring side for me, and I’m the kind of person who loves pizza and hamburgers. I mean, who drinks a meal? I thought it was ridiculous. Then I found out about smoothie bowls. After seeing all of the toppings and reading the ingredients, I became intrigued.I recently made the tough decision to finally get serious and eat healthier, it was time to stop saying, “I’ll just eat this for now, and start eating healthy tomorrow.”
I’ve been having some gut issues, involving bloating and just feeling like I have an upset stomach, but I’m not sick. I’ve just been feeling “blah” lately, and I started to wonder if it was my poor diet. So today, I made my first smoothie bowl! First, I’ll talk about the ingredients and what goes into making a smoothie bowl. Essentially, you pick a “creamie” as they call it, like a banana or an avocado, this makes the smoothie creamier. Next, you pick your fruits and/or veggies. You’ll use about 1 cup. A lot of people like to use frozen fruits, as it thickens up the smoothie. Otherwise it ends up being pretty soupy.
After you’ve decided on these, you then pick your liquid. You’ll use about 1/2 cup. If you’re trying to be healthy, lactose intolerant, or vegan, some good choices are almond milk, coconut milk, coconut water, soy milk, carrot juice, orange juice, pomegranate juice, or plain milk if you prefer. You can also use yogurt instead, or add yogurt as well as the liquid.
Mmmm, chocolate, right? I’m excited to try this one!! Okay, so the next step is to add a sweetener. You’ll use about 1-2 tablespoons, unless you prefer more. You can use peanut butter, pure or raw honey, maple syrup, agave syrup, or even almond butter. At first, I thought that almond butter sounded nasty, as well as agave, which I had never heard of. But surprisingly they were good! I decided to branch out of my comfort zone with foods that looked or sounded like they would taste yucky, and I’m so glad I did, because I found new foods that I like that are healthier alternatives.
Lastly, you choose your toppings. You can put pretty much anything you want on top, but here are some ideas. Nuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, cereal such as rice krispy treats or corn flakes, granola, coconut shreds, dried fruit, or fresh fruit cut up. You can even drizzle more honey, peanut butter, yogurt, or whatever you want on top! As long as it’s not excessive, you’re still eating healthy.
You can tweak it however you like! The ideas and possibilities are endless.
This is the first smoothie bowl that I’ve ever made. It’s not as pretty as the pictures online, but it sure was tasty! I was planning on following a recipe, and then I decided to improvise a little. I blended 1 cup of raspberries, 1 banana, 3 strawberries, 1/4 cup almonds, 2 tablespoons almond butter, 1/2 cup almond milk, and 1/2 cup of ice.
I wish I had used frozen fruit, but fresh fruit was all I had at the time. It was only a little soupy, but next time I’ll definitely be using frozen fruit!
As the toppings, I sliced up 2 small strawberries, threw a handful of blueberries on there, 1/4 cup of granola, and I drizzled honey on top! It was scrumptious! I’ll definitely be eating smoothie bowls from now on. I’m hooked! Every day? Probably not. But frequently? That’s a definite yes.
If you’re interested in making your own smoothie bowl, here’s the link to the website I visited with the recipes to all of the delicious looking pictures above! Don’t worry if you don’t see the recipes immediately. You’ll find all of the recipes at the bottom of the page, below the pictures.
Or you can just google smoothie bowls, that works too. It seems like a hassle to make, but honestly it only takes a few minutes to make, and believe me, I’m a lazy person. So if I can make the time, I know you can too! Branch out and try something new!