A smoothie bowl, which is sometimes known as an acai bowl, supplies all the healthy smoothie ingredients you are used to. It is like a thicker smoothie, just served in a bowl and topped with delicious extras.
It not only changes the way you consume smoothies, but is excellent for replacing other breakfast things like cereal or oatmeal, while providing just as many nutrients.
Here is a simple formula to get you started with making a smoothie bowl. It’s a great base to start with and then you can experiment, adapt and change it to suit your tastes.
1. Fruit and Veg
Like all smoothies, you need to begin by selecting your fruits and vegetables.
Vegetables don’t need to be included in every smoothie, but adding some kale, spinach or other greens is actually a great idea. This will make it a ‘green smoothie bowl’ and definitely increase the nutritional value. If you haven’t tried greens before, start with spinach as it has a milder flavor.
For the fruit, try and select frozen fruit which will help to thicken up the smoothie and stop it turning to a thin liquid too quickly. You really want a nice, thick mixture when it comes to smoothie bowls. Because the whole idea is to use a spoon to eat them.
While you can use any fruits you want, here are the best options to start with, and preferably some of them frozen:
- Berries – strawberries, blueberries, raspberries
- Honeydew melon
- Citrus – oranges, lemons, mandarins
2. Thickening Ingredients
Next up it’s time to choose a thickening ingredient. This is where it is easy to add a major source of protein to the smoothie base. Examples include yogurt, protein powder, and even tofu if you like it. Nut butter is also a great choice, like peanut, almond or cashew butter.
To make it an acai bowl, add an acai packet to the base as well. These are available in a freeze-dried powder or frozen smoothie pack. They help add nutrition, flavor, color, and thickening for the smoothie. Acai packets are readily available in health food shops or most grocery stores.
Although we are looking for thickness, smoothie bowls still need a bit of liquid. It helps the blender to break up the fruit as well as other ingredients.
Just make sure to add less liquid than you typically would to get a smoothie. If you need to watch the sugar and calorie content for the smoothie base, using water is just fine.
It is possible to also use coconut water, coconut milk, soy milk, almond milk, or any variety of dairy liquid. Fruit juice can also be used for added flavor, but don’t add too much.
If you happen to end up with too much liquid, just add in more fruit and thickening ingredients.
The last step in the smoothie bowl formula is the topping!
You can use as many or little toppings as you like, based on what you want your bowl to look (and taste) like.
A lot of bowls use a sprinkle of chia seeds for a dash of color and texture. Other great choices include cacao nibs, muesli, granola, or shredded coconut. Any sort of nuts or seeds are also perfect and look great on top of smoothie bowls.
Lastly, add some fresh fruit like mango, berries and banana. Slice them up and decorate.
Use the simple formula above and start making your own smoothie bowl creations.