For the past umpteen years, our staple weekday breakfast has been a green shake. Quick, easy and nourishing. We normally slurp it down while running around getting ready for work. Which means…we really don’t “sit down” to breakfast together. Well, my new found obsession with everything “bowl” has changed that. I have to admit, I’m late to the Smoothie Bowl party, but after seeing so many different “bowl meals” on Instagram, I decided to learn a bit more.
Smoothie Bowl vs Other Bowls
There are so many names for all the types of bowl meals out there; Buddha Bowls, Nourish Bowls, Energy Bowls, Power Bowls and yes, Smoothie Bowls. There really and truly isn’t anything special about the smoothie bowl. Technically it’s a smoothie put into a bowl and then topped with stuff. Buddha Bowls, depending on who you read, come from the habit of monks walking through a village and villagers putting whatever leftovers they have to share into the monk’s bowl. And there’s the whole zen aura that the name Buddha Bowls evoke. But, smoothie bowls? Unless you’ve seen one (head over to Pinterest or Instagram), it really doesn’t evoke the “I gotta have one of those” feeling.
Smoothie Bowl for Breakfast
I have to say…smoothie bowls take breakfast to a whole other level for us. First, we have to sit down to eat it and I just love a captive audience. It is not only a feast for the body, full of nourishing ingredients, but it is also a feast for the eyes. So pretty. I mean, who wouldn’t want to eat this for breakfast?
So, I’ve turned my standard green shake into a Breakfast Green Smoothie Bowl. For this particular recipe I had kale and spinach on hand, but you can use 2 cups total of any greens. Well…I wouldn’t recommend 2 cups of arugula, but I think you get the gist. I also had on hand green superfood powder (I recently did a 5-day DIY Fast Mimicking Diet which is another post in itself!). You can also swap that with spirulina powder. With my Green Smoothie Bowl, you get real foods (avocado, ginger, kiwi, raspberry, blackberries, kale, spinach, cinnamon, chia seeds) that have anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties.
Smoothie Bowl Toppings
Smoothie Bowl toppings can be whatever you have on hand as well. Get creative and remember, the more colorful your toppings, the better for you! Mix it up with fruits, nuts, seeds, coconut, shaved cacao. The possibilities are endless.
Need a little bit more? As a mid-morning snack give my Cranberry-Orange Muffins a try.
Equipment that I Use:
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Breakfast Green Smoothie Bowl
- 1 cup kale, chopped or torn into pieces
- 1 cup spinach
- 1/2 avocado pitted, removed from shell
- 1 banana
- 1/2 cup canned coconut milk
- 1 tbsp almond butter
- 1 inch knob fresh ginger root, peeled
- 2 scoops green superfood
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tbsp toasted shredded coconut, unsweetened
- 1 tbsp chia seeds,
- 1 kiwi, peeled and thinly sliced
- fresh blackberries,
- fresh raspberries,
- Into a blender put the kale, spinach, avocado, banana, coconut milk, almond butter, and ginger. Blend until smooth.
- Add green superfood and cinnamon and continue to blend until combined. If the mixture is too thick for your liking, add more coconut milk or water.
- Pour smoothie into 2 bowls and garnish with sliced kiwi, blackberries, and raspberries. Sprinkle chia seeds and toasted coconut on top and serve immediately.