One of my favorite go-to breakfasts is a smoothie bowl. The ever-growing list of ingredients, toppings and add-ins makes this a creative way to get your vitamins, nutrients and protein. Tips and tricks I’ve learned over the last 4 years to help me perfect my smoothie-making are:
- Although fruit is natural, it does contain high amounts of sugar. Try to limit the total fruit to 1 cup, limiting bananas to 1/2 of 1 banana per serving. I find that a half a banana is key to making almost all my smoothies sweet. Without banana, sometimes the taste is a little too “healthy” for my liking.
- Calories add up fast in smoothiesthrough the use of nut butters, protein, yogurt and avocados. A serving of almond butter (2 tablespoons can contain nearly 200 calories while 1 small avocado can contain almost 250 calories!). Limiting 1 serving smoothies to 1/4 of an avocado and one small spoonful of nut butters will help you get around the bulk-up smoothie 🙂
- Liquid is key to making an enjoyable consistency but also can add unintended calories. Sticking to a nut milk and ice will give you a creamy texture and not add in lots of sugar which fruit juices would. Unsweetened nut milks are an easy way to keep it light.
- Adding greens will surely help increase you vitamin and nutrient intake but can change the consistency and taste of your smoothies. Finding a great plant-based protein or vitamin powder may be slightly more costly, but has helped me get over the “green-smoothie” fatigue I felt when making spinach and kale-based smoothies.
- Toppingsare my favorite way to make a smoothie into a satisfying meal. Again, don’t feel compelled to pile on a ton of fruit here, although it makes for a pretty instagram picture 🙂 Your smoothie already contains quite a few calories and you most likely added in bananas and other fruits. Keep it simple and focus on adding texture (sliced raw almonds, bee pollen, coconut flakes, chia seeds, etc.)
- Smoothies are best when consumed right after making. If you scheduled is jammed all week though, prep your ingredients out, place in the freezer in air tight plastic baggies and just add your liquids when you are ready to make. You can also make the smoothies in advance, freeze and take out the morning you want to drink. This isn’t my favorite so I allow extra time in the morning to make fresh – hey, you made time to make that pot of coffee, right? #priorities
Check out my other post for some specific brands and add-ins I use when making smoothies.
Recipe for the Matcha Latte Smoothie Bowl in this post:
1 cup unsweetened coconut beverage
1 scoop Amazing Grass Protein Superfood – Original flavor
1 scoop Amazing Grass Belly Elixir
1 scoop Sports Research Collagen Peptides
1 teaspoon of David’s Tea vanilla matcha powder
1 Tablespoon Fage Total 2% plain greek yogurt
1/4 of small avocado
1 teaspoon of honey (since I didn’t use 1/2 of a banana – these can be used interchangeably)
1/2 cup crushed ice
Blend and pour
Toppings: Chia Seeds (source of omega-3), organic unsweetened Coconut flakes (texture) and sliced raw almonds (protein and texture), added in a few small slices of a remaining avocado
Do you have any favorite smoothie recipes or tricks for making that perfect texture? Let me know!