You seriously can’t go anywhere without hearing someone talk about a smoothie or seeing one listed on a restaurant menu. Over the years I’ve tried my share of smoothies. While I certainly enjoy them and totally understand and appreciate the health benefits, I sometimes just miss actually eating something. Do you know what I mean? I realize it’s all in my head, but there’s something about sitting down and eating that’s much more appealing to me than drinking out of a glass.
Thankfully, I’m not the only one with this issue. Some smarty-pants decided to serve a smoothie in a bowl and top it with yummy little bits. (Thank you, Smarty-pants!) With just a few simple changes, a drink becomes a meal and I’m not mad about it.
Naturally I had to give it a try and share my results here.
Obviously, you can use your favorite smoothie recipe and top it with whatever complementary yummy little bits you love best. However, maybe you don’t have a favorite smoothie recipe, so I thought I’d share mine with you.
I’m making a Berry Banana Smootie Bowl. For this recipe it’s best to use frozen fruit to give your smoothie a thicker texture. It’s just easier to eat that way and it makes it a bit colder – which I like. I would even say you might want to freeze the banana (peel it before freezing) to make the smoothie even thicker.
Also, you’ll notice there is spinach in this recipe. I really like to add spinach to any smoothie I make. It just makes the whole thing healthier and you can’t even taste it.
Once your smoothie is blended, just pour it into a bowl and garnish. I created little lines of toppings on my smoothie to make it look pretty. It takes a little extra time, but it makes eating it so much more special.
Again, use whatever you like to top the smoothie. I chose some healthier options. Other ideas could be coconut flakes, pineapple, any kind of nut, honey, etc.
Let’s blend one up.
3/4 cup yogurt (I used Greek Vanilla Yogurt)
1/2 cup spinach
1 cup mixed berries, frozen
sliced banana, chia seeds, chopped walnuts, fresh berries, granola
Add the yogurt, spinach, berries and banana to a blender. Blend until smooth.
Pour the smoothie mixture into a bowl. Top with desired toppings. The toppings I used are listed above. However, feel free to use whatever you like.
Pretty simple! The options are endless so get creative with your flavor combinations. Enjoy!