Smoothie bowls are all the rage right now. Check out Instagram and you will find literally thousands of pictures under the same hash tag. Honestly, I am not complaining. It’s SO much better than the kale trend that really needs to stop now because let’s be honest, kale tastes like crap. Stuff you don’t want anywhere near your mouth and according to fellow kale hater, Jim Gaffigan, “it tastes like bug spray and a really bitter spinach with hair”. Yup, that guy nailed it. So, you know, food trend can be a hit or miss but I think smoothie bowls are genius.
First of all, it is so much more filling than say, drinking a smoothie. I don’t know about you but I don’t feel full when I slurp something through a straw. For a long time, smoothies have not substituted breakfast for me like it has done for a lot of people. I would wake up and throw all kinds of good stuff (everything except kale) into the blender and drink it slowly and wait to feel full so I could get on with my day. But that never happened. So, eventually I would have to eat a couple of slices of toast with peanut butter and jam, a fruit and a bowl of yogurt to console myself. But with smoothie bowls, you have a really filling breakfast which tastes great and can be as healthy as you want it to be. A smoothie bowl starts with a thick blend of whole foods like fruits and vegetables and healthy mix ins like yogurt or oats and is then topped with literally anything you want: granola, dried or fresh fruits, coconut etc. This can easily be a meal replacement because there are a lot more fruits and vegetables than a smoothie and encourages you to slow down and practice being a better eater.
I decided to give smoothie bowls a go yesterday using Epigamia’s delicious banana honey yogurt. I was craving chocolate something fierce so added a couple tablespoons of cocoa powder to the yogurt along with fresh bananas, desiccated coconut, cacao nibs, handful of almonds and oats. It took around two minutes flat in the blender and once I poured it in the bowl, I stuck with a toppings that were simple: cranberry pistachio granola from Sustenance and sliced bananas. You can really have fun with your toppings but be mindful as it’s easy to add heaps of calories to your smoothie bowls if you don’t keep your serving size in mind.
I really liked this chocolate banana version which was both indulgent and healthy. It was easy, satisfying and filling, a perfect way to start my morning without too much fuss. Give your smoothie a makeover and ditch the glass for a bowl and jump on this delicious food trend, you wont regret it.
BANANA CHOCOLATE SMOOTHIE BOWL