Long gone are the day’s smoothies prospered in glass and glass alone. Move over mason jars, smoothie bowls are flooding the timelines and we’re obsessed! Packed with layers of superfood goodness, these smoothie bowls take our beloved smoothie to the next level, giving you the nutrients you need to sustain and thrive throughout the day!
2 Steps To Building The Ultimate Smoothie Bowl
1. It’s All About That Base:
The base of your smoothie bowl is the smoothie itself. Not only does your choice of blend set the tone, but it is also the perfect opportunity to boost your diet with foods that are nutrient dense and minimally processed. Get creative with your tasty blend, loading it with vegetables & fruits that protect your heart, immune system, and blood sugar, all while giving you the fuel you need to keep going for hours.
Energy Boost: Complex Carbohydrates
Carbohydrates are our body’s main source of energy. Choose whole and healthy carbs, also known as complex carbohydrates, for long-lasting satisfaction. Unlike simple carbohydrates, that are digested quickly, the complex carbs found in whole plant foods are digested at a slower rate. Their structural complexity allows for a gradual release of glucose (energy), keeping your blood sugar in check and helping you to avoid that mid-morning slump. Complex Carbs are also high in fiber, vitamins, and minerals…win, win!
Fuel: Eat more (Healthy) Fats
Before the thought of fat in your ever so healthy breakfast smoothie freaks you out, let me explain. Fats make you full, stimulate appetite, and can make or break your wellness goals. Avoiding fat completely is not ideal as it plays a HUGE role in your heart health. The key is choosing fats wisely, and becoming BFF with monounsaturated fats & omega-3 fatty acids. These healthy fats protect your heart and blood vessels by lowering LDL (bad fat), cholesterol, and raising HDL (good fat) that transports the bad to the liver to be excreted. Triglyceride gets a little loving here too… omega-3 doesn’t discriminate!
Promote Growth: Protein
Your body needs proteins to carry out various functions. 9 of our essential amino acids, the building blocks of protein, come from food alone. Incorporating low-fat diary or peanut butter in your smoothie blend will give your body the tools it needs to promote hair growth, improve metabolism, digestion, and other cellular functions.
2. Love On Top
Gut Cleanse: Fiber
Fiber provides a natural cleanse, keeping you regular, lowering your cholesterol and blood sugar, and helping you achieve your healthy weight. Fiber is often found in the skin of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Top your smoothie bowls with fresh or dried fruits (leaving the skin on), and oats to add an extra boost of fiber.
Do It: Green Monkey Smoothie Blend Recipe
1 halved avocado, handful of kale, 2 large bananas, 2 spoons of peanut butter (to taste), 0.5-1 cup of water depending on desired thickness.
Save Time and Money
ROR Tip: The most effective way to save time and money is to prep your smoothie bowls ahead of time. Storing your smoothie blend and fruits in separate sealed mason jars will keep everything fresh, while allowing you the freedom to pour out as much as you want, or grab-and-go!