The secret to the perfect smoothie bowl?
Creativity, nutrient-dense ingredients, experimentation and love.
I make smoothie bowls for breakfast, lunch, even dinner sometimes on those lazy but clean-feelin’ days. What could be easier?
Why eat your smoothie with a spoon???
Smoothies are amazing, but usually they slide down the hatch too fast.
The digestion process for carbohydrates (which include fruits and vegetables) starts in your mouth. The process of chewing creates saliva with the necessary digestive enzyme, amylase to begin the breakdown process of carbohydrates. So, the more you chew your food, the more surface area it creates, and the more easily digested and assimilated your nutrients are. This is why it is extremely important to slow down, chew as much as possible, and breathe between your bites. Good digestion leads to weight loss, efficient nutrient absorption, more energy, less bloating, and the prevention of disease. YAY for all of that.
So, it’s great to create smoothie bowls, rather than downing a smoothie, because this forces you to slow down your consumption, and actually chew your smoothie one spoonful at a time! Plus, it’s even more satisfying to have that spoon to mouth action.
If you just don’t have the time to create and devour a bowl of smoothie goodness, then just take it in a to-go cup and remember to chew it before you gulp it.
Go for it and switch up the ingredients for a variety of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals.
Just stick to these proportions and you’ll have the best bang for your nutrient buck, plus a delish smoothie bowl every time!
Why are smoothies SO AMAZING?
- They’re the easiest way to hide a salad-worth of greens on yourself.
- They are pretty much a delicious tasting, massive multivitamin.
- They still contain the fibre and water from the whole-food ingredients they’re made of.
- Pack your blender with as many greens as possible (for the easiest blending, put these in first, so they are pressed down with the other ingredients).
- Use the fruit as a way to mask any bitterness of the greens.
- If you’re on the run and need to make it into a smoothie – just fill the blender up 3/4 of the way with water, pour it into your to-go cup, and add in something like cacao nibs, seeds, buckwheat groats, to chew on. This is a great way to get in the habit of chewing your smoothies.
Proportions for a nutrient-dense, tasty smoothie bowl:
- Packed greens = 3/4 of the blender (spinach, kale, romaine, celery, cucumber)
- 2 ripe frozen bananas (add a couple more if you want a soft ice cream consistency, or need more sweetness and calories)
- 1-2 cups of berries
- Water or plant-based milk = 1/8 of the blender
- 1 tbsp of your favourite greens powder (optional)
Use your blender’s tamper while you blend it up to help move things along and become smooth.
Optional 1 tbsp add-ins to blend:
~ Ginger: immune-booster and antibacterial (about 1 cm thumb fresh, or 1 tsp powder)
~ Turmeric: nature’s best anti-inflammatory (about 1 cm thumb fresh or 1 tsp powder)
~ Molasses: for hair, nails, bones and iron levels (about 1 tbsp)
~ Adaptogenic herbs like maca, astragalus, ashwaganda, shisandra, rhodiola: all of these restore your body by bringing it back to homeostasis/balance after stress (about 1 tbsp)
~ Medicinal mushroom powders: high in antioxidants and healing properties (about 1 – 2 tsp)
~ Spirulina and/or Chlorella: micro algae packed with protein, anti-inflammatory and detoxifying properties (about 1 tsp)
~ Lucuma powder: maple-tasting and packed with minerals and vitamin A (about 1-2 tbsp)
TOP IT OFF
‘make it pretty’:
-Chopped fruit (banana, pear, persimmon, kiwi, fresh figs….)
-Chopped nuts (brazil nut for selenium is my fave)
-Cacao nibs (for a serotonin and antioxidant-boost)
-Buckwheat groats (for a protein punch and some crunch)
–Jules Fuel (my pre-made superfood quinoa breakfast oatmeal)
Happy smoothie chewing!