You have probably seen smoothie bowls around, most likely on social media sites like Instagram. These bowls aren’t just to look pretty, but they are delicious and contain a lot of vitamins and minerals. Here are some different health benefits of eating smoothie bowls.
Why Should You Make Smoothie Bowls?
They are Loaded With Nutrients
One of the top reasons you should consider eating smoothie bowls is because they are very good for you. You have full control over the amount of fat, calories, and carbs by changing the ingredients, and you get all the added nutrients of those ingredients. Smoothie bowls often contain fruits, nuts, seeds, dairy, and veggies, all of which are loaded with vitamins and minerals your body needs. You may have any combination of nutrients, but often antioxidants, vitamin A, vitamin C, fiber, and many other essential nutrients.
You Can Try New Things
Smoothie bowls provide the perfect opportunity for you to try new things that will be in the bowl or used on top for toppings. While you may not have another use for cacao nibs, chia seeds, maca powder, and hemp seeds, they are frequently used in smoothie bowls. There is such a large variety of interesting ingredients you can use, from acai packs for the thickness of the smoothie, to using coconut shavings or goji berries on top. Think of all the different ways to try these new, fun, and healthy ingredients for your smoothie bowls.
They Encourage Healthy Eating
Also consider the fact that because smoothie bowls are fun to make and of course pretty to look at, you are more encouraged to eat healthy. Perhaps you mostly want to make one of these bowls for the awesome Instagram picture – that’s okay! You will still be eating the bowl for breakfast or another meal during the day, allowing you to get all those nutrients you might not have otherwise enjoyed.
You Get Your Daily Amount of Fruits and Veggies
A smoothie bowl contains a large smoothie that is loaded with fruits, vegetables, and other nutrient-rich ingredients. If you are struggling to get your daily amount of fruits and veggies, this is a great way to increase it. It is a simple smoothie bowl you eat with a spoon just like a bowl of cereal, but you are really loading up on the vitamins and minerals. One smoothie bowl could have a cup of kale, an entire banana, full serving of berries, and nuts and seeds, which is going to be great for your body and your mind.
Making Your Smoothie Bowl
Making smoothie bowls is rewarding and nutritious, not to mention fun, but it can be a little time consuming. If you want to enjoy a smoothie bowl for breakfast without spending an hour in the kitchen, prepping it beforehand is your best option. Here are some tips for accomplishing that.
Use Frozen Fruit
If you want to prep your smoothie bowls ahead of time, the main thing you are going to do is prep your fruits and vegetables to be included. One way to do this and not worry about spoilage is to freeze all of the fruit you intend to use. Most fruits can be frozen for a good amount of time, so even if you prep your fruit for tomorrow, and don’t make your smoothie for a week, it should still be good. Preferably, you will separate the fruits based on the smoothie you intend to use in them, by slicing and chopping before you freeze them. This will make it a lot easier for you.
Create Smoothie Packs
Once you have prepped all your fruit and prepared to freeze it, you can decide if you want to put together smoothie packs. These include freezer bags where each one is a different smoothie recipe. This is a good option when you already know what types of smoothie recipes you intend to make for your smoothie bowls. If you are making a strawberry banana smoothie, a frozen banana and sliced frozen strawberries go into one bag. That way, when the morning comes, you empty the contents into the blender, add your other ingredients, and you’re good to go. You can even write on the bag what other ingredients to grab.
What You Can Prep
As you know, you can easily prep the fruit and freeze it beforehand. IF you are going to make smoothie bowls with vegetables, like spinach or kale, put them into individual servings and either put them in the refrigerator or freezer. These do tend to taste better when in the refrigerator, left in a crisper drawer. Another thing you can prep are the added toppings and additional ingredients. Just put them in a bag that is left out, where you can pour it into the smoothie after you have added the frozen fruit and any dairy you intend to use.
Prepping your smoothie bowls saves time and energy, and really encourages you to make them more often.
Ways to Make Healthier Smoothie Bowls
Smoothie bowls have a lot of different options, from going with a classic acai bowl, to using your favorite fruits. Another option is to turn the smoothie bowl into a green smoothie, where you are combining the traditional ingredients with lots of veggies. This increases the nutrition of your smoothie bowl and makes it more filling. Here are some ways to have a green smoothie bowl for breakfast.
Go Green With Greens
Green smoothies get their name from the color of the smoothie, which is often any variation of a green shade, but where do they get the color from? Greens of course! The bulk of your green smoothie, even in a smoothie bowl, is going to be your dark, leafy greens. While you can use any greens, kale and spinach tend to be more popular options. They have a mild flavor so it is still easy to sweeten your smoothie bowl and have the nutrients from the green veggies at the same time. About a cup or two of greens is good for a smoothie bowl.
Add Extra Nutrients
You can go with more nutrient-dense ingredients both in the green smoothie and on top when the smoothie bowl is done. This is when you start adding ingredients like chia seeds, sunflower seeds, nuts or nut butter, coconut, and various dairy products for extra calcium. On the top, some good nutrient-dense toppings include coconut flakes, cacao nibs or powder, chia seeds, and goji berries. Get creative with your green smoothie, focusing not just on taste, but texture and nutrition as well.
Experiment with differ combinations when putting together your green smoothie. There is an almost endless amount of ways to turn the smoothie into a filling and healthy breakfast.