5 Tips for Fabulous Smoothie Bowls

Fabulous Tips for Smoothie Bowls

If you’re a foodie or even follow a few food accounts on Instagram you’ve probably noted an increase* in the number of beautiful smoothie bowls.

Smoothies can be a healthful punch of nutrients and a quick energy boost*. The best smoothies have a combination of fruit, vegetables, protein and fat. Adding nuts and seeds to the mix will help keep you feeling fuller, longer. Nut butter and nut milk can also be added for extra protein. Berries and fruit pack a vitamin C punch.

I like to change up my breakfast smoothie by enjoying it in a bowl because it forces me to sit down and eat my breakfast slowly, whereas a smoothie in a jar is consumed on the go.

Here are a few tips I came up with to help you create your own delicious (and insta-pretty) bowl!

1. Frozen Banana

I love using frozen banana in my smoothie bowls because it creates a thick sorbet consistency. The banana also acts as a nice natural sweetener. Slice the banana into pieces and freeze for at least an hour. Slicing the banana will be easier on your food processor. The bananas I cut into hearts and add after aren’t frozen – and I just carved the shape using a small knife!

2. Think Colors

Think Colors

Food plating is an art of its own. Just like you would coordinate colors in a room think about which colors would complement each other in the bowl. Try out some different combinations, nature’s fruit is a whole spectrum!

I find warm colors like yellow, red, orange and pink complement each other well. You want to remember how the flavors will work too. If you’re going for a chocolate bowl with nuts, it’s probably best not to mix it with too many fruits and leave the chocolate as the main flavor. With fruits, I find sticking to a mix of two works best. If you want a uniform color, make sure the colors are the same (example: pineapple and mango, strawberry and raspberry).

3. Edible Flowers

This may be harder to find in a colder climate. I ordered mine online but local florists and bakeries often carry them. They add a visually beautiful touch and a floral taste to the bowl. You can also dry your own flowers. My favorites are rose, lavender and hibiscus. They are pleasing to the eye but also have a subtle flavor that won’t overpower the ingredients of the bowl.

4. Creative Arrangement

This part is lots of fun. You can pile the stuff on in no particular order or go for a cleaner look with lines and patterns. I like to change it up. I will usually place the bigger items into the bowl first – like the sliced banana or frozen fruit. Then I use the toppings like seeds and shredded coconut around the fruit. I usually like to work in lines, but I’ve also seen beautiful bowls arrange the seeds in circles.

5. Toppings

Toppings

Not only do seeds add a nice visual touch to the bowl but they’re also packed with healthy fats and nutrients to balance out the natural sugars. My favorite toppings include almonds, pumpkin seeds, hemp hearts, shredded coconut, chia seeds and ground flax. I recommend using no more than a tablespoon of seeds and half a cup of nuts so that you aren’t consuming too much – we want the bowl to energize us, not slow us down!

Recipes:

Rich Chocolate Bowl

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup of almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon of raw cacao powder

Blend Ingredients
Suggested toppings: Sliced banana, cacao nibs, shredded coconut, almonds, edible dried flowers, raspberries.

Clean Green Bowl

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup of almond milk
  • 1/2 cup frozen pineapple
  • 1/2 cup of spinach

Blend Ingredients
Suggested toppings: Sliced banana, shredded coconut, raspberries and edible dried flowers.

Pink Passion Bowl

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup of almond milk
  • 1 cup frozen raspberries
Pink Passion Bowl

Blend ingredients
Suggested toppings: Sliced banana, blueberries, hemp hearts, shredded coconut, pumpkin seeds and edible dried flowers.

Tropical Mango Bowl

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup of almond milk
  • 1 cup of frozen mango

Blend Ingredients
Suggested toppings: Sliced banana, strawberries, raspberries, chia seeds, shredded coconut and edible dried flowers.

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Contributor : Talia Ricci (Consumer Health Digest)

Talia Ricci is a certified culinary nutrition expert through the Academy of Culinary Nutrition. Her mantra is that whole foods + a strong mind = a wild and beautiful life. Her website “Wild Bella” features vegan and gluten-free recipes as well as mindfulness practices. Talia enjoys creating delicious dishes, documenting life's lovely moments and drawing creative inspiration from nature. Meet her on Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn and visit her website: www.wildbellalife.com.

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