How to Make the Best Smoothie Bowls
Are you looking for new ways to incorporate fruits, veggies, and other nutritious things into your daily routine and diet? Smoothies are great, but have you ever tried to make a smoothie bowl? Read on; as this article will provide you with all the tips and tricks to help you make the best thick smoothie bowls!
Smoothie bowls continue to trend all over the internet, and it’s not at all surprising. While some people prefer to indulge in a smoothie bowl for a healthy snack, others find it to be the best part of their morning breakfast diets. What is better than starting your morning with a sweet and healthy treat? A smoothie bowl should be at the top of your on-the-go breakfast options as they are fresh, fruity, and extremely nutritious! The best part? It's super-simple to make a smoothie bowl, and they can be made with pretty much ANY fruits and veggies lying around your house! If you’re new to the smoothie scene, never fear. We’ve got the best tips and tricks to make your Pinterest and Instagram-worthy smoothie bowl right at home!
What Are Smoothie Bowls?
To put it simply, smoothie bowls are exactly what they sound like, thick and delicious smoothies in a bowl. It’s really as simple as that. Smoothie bowls are thick enough to be consumed with a spoon, making them easy to top with hearty, mouth-watering ingredients such as fruits, nuts, dried fruits, and seeds. Many people love smoothie bowls because they feel more like a meal than a smoothie in a cup.
Are Smoothie Bowls Healthy?
As most smoothie bowls are jam-packed with vitamins and nutrients, smoothie bowls have the potential to be one of the healthiest parts of your diet. However, the wrong choice of ingredients can skyrocket your calorie intake making them not the best choice for a healthy lifestyle. Fruits, vegetables, and nuts are full of good fat, natural sugars, vitamins, and other nutrients; however, you need to maintain a healthy balance of additives without hindering or giving up on a good taste and calories. Just make sure you add a counter ingredient to lower down the sugar level in your smoothie, such as using water instead of juice and veggies instead of just using fruit! If you are looking for new ways to make good tasting, healthy smoothies, check out our blog post, How to Make Healthy Smoothies!
Smoothie Bowl Ingredients
When it comes to making a smoothie bowl tailored to your needs – you need to start by picking your ingredients. The overall taste and success of your smoothie bowls depend on your personal taste, mood, and preference. While you could pick up anything from your fridge and plop it into your blender to make your own smoothie bowl – we don’t recommend it. If you’re struggling with ingredient ideas, here are some of our favorite ingredients that can make you a delicious smoothie bowl you’ll want to make again and again.
The top-tier ingredient for a smoothie bowl is, obviously, fruit! You can add any combo of fruits to make a rich bowl. Although, you need to keep the consistency of your smoothie bowl in mind. Find a balance between thick, heavier fruits and watery fruits to ensure an optimal smoothie bowl thickness. Here are some great options:
- Acai berries
And the list goes on and on. Fruits such as bananas, apples, pears, and avocado add a thick creamy texture to your smoothie bowl. The rest you can add in for flavor and sweetness, as well as toppings. Fruits are full to the brim with fiber and nutrients, so smoothie bowls are a great way to incorporate more fruits into your daily meals. Berries are an imperative component of your diet, as one berry can equal as much as one vitamin capsule! Adding these beneficial little munchkins to your smoothie bowls brings a nice balance of sweet and tang to your smoothie bowl, along with tons of nutritional benefits. Moreover, you can swap frozen mixed berries and frozen fruit with ice to have a richer bowl and vice versa if you need to reduce your calorie intake.
Fruit is a great way to add sweetness to your smoothie bowl without resorting to added sugar items such as maple syrup; check out our post on How to Sweeten a Smoothie for more ideas!
If you find it hard to eat veggies daily, or if your kids act up when they see greens, then smoothie bowls are a fun way to consume more vegetables without even tasting them! The good news is that many essential vegetables do not have a strong flavor or aftertaste, so you can experiment with a variety of veggie smoothie bowls. Here are some veggies that are a great idea for a healthy smoothie bowl:
- Cherry tomatoes
- Mint leaves
- Sweet potatoes
Kale can be added in small amounts to every smoothie bowl. It balances the sugar content of your bowl, and as a bonus, adds in heaps of vitamins and nutrients.
All of these vegetables have a neutral flavor and are not super noticeable when coupled with other ingredients like nut butters and fruits. Adding these into your smoothie bowls can enable you to have this sweet treat more frequently, without having to worry about overdoing it in the sugar department. Also, you can also have your daily dose of veggies making your immune system stronger and your stomach full for longer!
A note taken from our Kid Friendly Smoothies blog post: a green smoothie bowl can be a great way to get greens into your kids. If they push back, you can always stick with the standard kid-friendly strawberry banana smoothie bowl, but toss in a handful of spinach or kale that they won't even notice!
As the name suggests, some foods are so chock-full and stuffed with nutrients that now they are considered a separate class of food, Superfoods. Superfoods are foods bursting with vitamins, antioxidants, enzymes, and healthy fats. Mentioned below are a few of the easily available superfoods that you should definitely add to your smoothie bowls:
- Cacao nibs
- Chia seeds
- All nuts and leafy greens
Having a small portion of these superfoods daily can have a magical effect on your health, skin, hair, and nails. They are extremely beneficial for pregnant ladies and kids in their growing years as they strengthen the immune system and promote bone and brain development. They are also rich in flavor and will surely add a little spice to your smoothie bowl.
The liquids that you add to your smoothie bowls govern most of the thickness and consistency, as well as the calorie content. Most of the fruits have their own juices contributing to the fluency of your smoothie bowl, so make sure to start with a little liquid base and increasing only as necessary. You can always add more if you want later, but you can’t remove it once it’s blended. Here are some of our favorite liquids that you can add:
- Soy milk
- Coconut milk
- Almond milk (and other non dairy milk)
- Fruit juices
- Greek yogurt
Your choice of liquid depends on your preferences and calorie content. Some of these are obviously calorie-rich, while others are somewhat healthier options. You can add water, dairy free milk, and coconut water for a more health-conscious smoothie bowl. Nonetheless, all of these liquids contain heaps of proteins and essential nutrients like calcium, magnesium, and vitamins.
It's important that your liquids work in conjunction with your ingredients in terms of consistency. If you prefer to use regular milk, you may need less "thickening" ingredients. If (like me) you prefer dairy free milk or coconut milk, you likely will want to add avocado or other thickening ingredients to up the thickness.
How Do You Make Thick Smoothie Bowls?
A thick smoothie bowl is key to making your meal "spoonable." The thickness of your smoothie bowl depends on each and every ingredient that you put into your smoothie bowl. To get that nice thick, creamy texture that melts in your mouth, you need to keep a balance of every element of your smoothie bowl recipe.
Seeds are excellent as a topping, but you can also blend them in to make your smoothie bowl thick. Many people do not like the texture of seeds as toppings anyway, so it is better to blend in some. You can add one or a couple teaspoons full of any seeds of your choice, and you will end up with a comparatively thicker texture for sure. Chia seeds, hemp seeds, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds all word well for a thick smoothie bowl.
The best thickeners used by many people and experts are nut butters (peanut butter, almond butter, etc.). By adding just a tablespoon full of any nut butter of your choice, you can end up getting a thicker smoothie bowl texture. They also contain healthy fats, which make you feel fuller for much longer time periods. Smoothie bowls are typically rich in sugars and lack fats, so make sure to add in nut butter for a portion of good fat. Good thickening nut butter options include peanut butter and almond butter.
An important note here is to pay close attention to the nutritional values of the peanut butter, almond butter or other nut butter you're adding. Many of these products have incredibly high added sugars - so read the labels and be cautious to ensure maximum healthiness!
It is one more ingredient that is a must-have for a thick smoothie bowl. It is even used as a base fruit for many smoothie bowls due to its creamy and melty texture along with milk flavor. Avocado is the base for many keto-based smoothies because of the nutritional value it brings alongside healthy fats.
Liquids matter! To make a thick smoothie bowl, opt for thicker liquids or add less of the thin ones. Many people prefer adding plain yogurt or Greek yogurt, but again be cautious, especially with regards to added sugar. They not only make a smoothie bowl thick in consistency but are also brimming with proteins, making you full for longer.
If you are looking forward to losing weight through thick smoothie bowls, then you should add in ice to make it thick! Adding in a lot of ice not only makes your bowl thick but also cuts down heaps of calories. Bonus- your thick smoothie bowl will end up tasting like a thick and refreshing but healthy frappe!
If you add protein powder to your smoothie, it will not only be thicker but will increase the "fullness" you feel. Again, pay attention to the label of anything you add! Protein powder is an excellent way to thicken your smoothie bowl recipe.
Frozen fruit - like frozen bananas or frozen strawberries - can be an excellent way to make a super thick smoothie bowl without additional ingredients. Ensuring you add frozen berries or frozen banana slices before tossing in your blender or food processor can really give you that thick smoothie consistency you're looking for.
Smoothie Bowl Toppings
Yummy toppings are the best part of making a smoothie bowl. The majority prefers smoothie bowls over a smoothie just because of the variety of smoothie bowl toppings you can add and the texture they bring to your smoothie bowl. You can top off your smoothie bowl with literally anything you prefer, from seeds to fruits to cereals. Here are some of the best options if you're going to make a smoothie bowl:
- Puffed rice
- Fresh Fruit – Mango, Kiwi, and Banana Slices are all popular options!
- Frozen Fruit - oftentimes the consistency of frozen fruit like frozen bananas, frozen strawberries or frozen mango is a nice change in your smoothie bowl recipes
- Berries - mixed berries, frozen berries, frozen strawberries, frozen blueberries, fresh berries, sliced strawberries
- Nuts – Pecans, Walnuts, and Pistachios, nut butter, and almond butter are all great additions!
- Dried Fruit – Raisins, Raspberries, Figs, and Apricots
- Seeds – Pumpkin seeds, Chia Seeds, Flax Seeds, and Sunflower Seeds
- Dark chocolate or Cocoa Powder or mini chocolate chips
- Whipped Cream
- Coconut flakes
All of these toppings bring a unique texture to go with the smoothness of your smoothie bowl. Fruits have their separate fandom. Nuts and dried fruits both are equally beneficial for your health in their own way and bestow you with numerous minerals. They are exceptionally advantageous at helping prevent coughs and colds during winter months and cold weather. They provide warmth to the body and make you more tolerant of the challenges faced by your body. Dark chocolate flakes on top of the smoothie bowl definitely help balance the sugars and are specifically helpful for diabetic people. For more info, read The Best Smoothie Bowl Toppings.
Cereals and granola are fun to have with smoothie bowls as they provide the best crunch! Whipped cream and cocoa powder are a bit extra, but sure do make a smoothie bowl exceptional. You can even blend in one or two teaspoons full of cocoa powder with other ingredients. This makes your bowl taste exactly like chocolate! Just make sure you use a sugar-free one to cut down on extra calories. Read: Chia Seeds in Smoothies
Can you Lose Weight by Eating Smoothie Bowls?
Most smoothie bowls are legit made up of fruits, nuts, and a small amount of milk or juice. This means they contain only fiber, healthy sugar, and a small number of good fats. No smoothie bowl (or any other food) will make you thinner by itself, instead, think of them as an important part of an overall health and diet change. Just keep a keen eye on the number of calories you are putting in your smoothie bowls and opt for veggies, fruit with lower sugar content, and water or unsweetened yogurt for your smoothie bowls, along with a healthy amount of daily exercise, and you’ll bet set for success in achieving your ideal weight. We recommend you consult your doctor before considering any type of weight loss program. You can also learn more by reading our article on Smoothies and Weight Loss.
Additional, if keto is your thing, check out How to Make a Low Carb, Low Sugar, Keto Smoothie Bowl.
Smoothie Bowl Recipes
If you need a little more guidance starting out on your smoothie bowl adventures, try one of these delicious smoothie bowl recipes that we’ve created just for you!
Matcha Green Tea Smoothie Bowl
· 1 Blendtopia Keto Green Smoothie Kit
· 1 tsp Matcha Powder
· 1 Scoop of Keto Protein Powder
· 2 oz Unsweetened Greek Yogurt
· 12 floz Unsweetened Almond Milk
· ½ cup Ice
· Toppings of choice (optional) - frozen mixed berries and fresh bananas with shredded coconut are a favorite!
Blend together, pour into bowl, add toppings, and enjoy!
Cold Brew Chai Breakfast Smoothie Recipe
· 1 Blendtopia Keto Chocolate Chai Smoothie Kit
· 6 oz Cold Brew/Chilled Coffee
· 4 oz Plant-Based Milk (Almond milk is a great choice!)
· 2 oz Unsweetened Greek Yogurt
· ½ cup Ice
· Toppings of choice (optional, though banana slices would be perfect!)
Blend together, pour into bowl, add a sprinkle of cinnamon, and enjoy!
Sunrise Smoothie Bowl
· 1 frozen banana
· 1/2 cup frozen orange sections
· 1/2 cup frozen pineapple chunks
· 2 small sections of lemon
· 1 pinch cayenne
· 1 tsp goji berry powder
· 2 tbsp hemp seeds or favorite protein powder
· 10-12 oz of blending liquid (ie. almond milk, coconut water, H2O)
· Toppings of choice (optional)
1. Add all ingredients except the blending liquid to your blender.
2. Begin with 10 oz of blending liquid and continue to add until you reach your desired consistency. Using almond milk as your base will yield a rich, creamy texture. Coconut water will bring out the citrus flavors and create a more refreshing & hydrating smoothie. It’s all in what you’re looking for in your morning smoothie bowl!
3. Pour into a bowl and add your toppings. Coconut flakes and/or fresh strawberries are some favorite toppings with this smoothie bowl recipe.
Other Smoothie Reading you might enjoy:
- The Three Best Super Seeds for Smoothies
- Loving Low Carb Smoothies
- Keto Smoothie Recipes
- How to Make a Low Carb, Low Sugar Keto Smoothie Bowl