How to make a Better Smoothie Bowl
Smoothie bowls are a fun way of enjoying a sometimes boring smoothie. Here are some tips to make your breakfast or lunch that much better!
1. Mix up the flavour
Instead of your smoothie bowl tasting like one flavour, make a few different flavours and swirl them together. You can add frozen banana (or mango) to any of these flavours: mango, beetroot juice, spinach, orange, raspberries, strawberries, blueberries etc. In the photo above is a bowl of frozen mango swirled with frozen mango mixed with beet, carrot and apple juice.
There are also flavours such as acai, maqui, matcha (green tea), and dragon fruit, which are superfood powders you can purchase at your local organics store or online.
*Smoothie bowls are generally made from a base of 'nice cream' (frozen ripe spotty bananas). When making your 'nice cream' base, leave the frozen bananas on your bench for five minutes to thaw before blending. I use an Optimum high-speed blender, so I don't need to add any liquid to get the mixture for it to blend. However, if you don't own one, add a little bit of water or your favourite plant-based milk to get things moving.
2. Add some crunch
There is nothing better than chewing on crunchy pieces in a smoothie bowl. Chewing your smoothie is also good for digestion as it signals the brain to make digestive juices. Here are some ideas to try:
- chopped fresh dates
- hemp seeds
- rawnola - my favourites are: blended dates, coconut and oats OR coconut, dates raisins/mulberries
- your favourite oil-free granola
- plain oats
- coconut flakes
- dried mulberries
- chopped apple
- frozen blueberries
- chia seeds
- ground linseeds
3. GET FRUITY
To add more flavour to your smoothie bowl add a combo of sweet and sour fruits. Try punchy flavoured fruits such as kiwi, mandarin, tart berries etc. And sweet fruits such as banana coins, strawberries, chopped mango, golden kiwi etc.
4. Get creative with your bowl
Using different bowls won't make your smoothie taste any better, but it sure will make the experience that much better! Try find some at your local op shop (thrift store) or homeware store. There are endless colours and designs available today. Bamboo bowls make great smoothie bowls and salad bowls. You can also use a left-over coconut shell!
5. Boost the nutrients
You can boost the nutritional value of your smoothie bowl by adding extra supplements into or onto your smoothie mixture.
Barley grass juice powder is an excellent source of essential vitamins, minerals and amino acids. It's made from the juice extracted from barley grass, which is then dried into a powder at low heat so the nutrients aren't damaged. You can add up to 1 tablespoon (adjust according to your taste) when mixing your smoothie in the blender.
Likewise, spirulina, which will also make your smoothie bowl green, is packed with vitamins and minerals. It's a great source of iron too.
By using an acai, maqui, matcha, or dragon fruit smoothie bowl premix, you will also boost the nutrients.
Great toppings that deliver further nutrients are blackstrap molasses and coconut sugar. Blackstrap molasses is an excellent source of calcium and iron - great for vegans! Make sure you buy the organic and unsulphured kind. I buy the one on this page here.
Coconut sugar also is packed with vitamins including 12 of the essential vitamin B complex - including inositol, the ‘feel good’ B vitamin. Coconut sugar is also high in minerals, amino acids and it contains high levels of electrolytes for post workout muscle recovery. Always buy 100 per cent coconut sap derived coconut sugar and look for organically grown brands.