{Nourish} Smoothie Bowl 101 + The Nourished Green Smoothie

 
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True Story: I have been pretty opposed to joining the smoothie bowl craze. I’m a creature of habit in many ways and am super satisfied drinking my morning smoothie so I figured there was no need to reinvent the wheel. I have, however, always been a sucker for toppings  which is ultimately the thing that swayed me to dive in and try this trendy bowl of goodness. Honestly, I had no idea what made a smoothie different from a smoothie in bowl so I did a little research and here is the answer, a how-to… and a tasty recipe to get you spooning up your smoothie too–to my surprise–it’s divine!

 

 
 
 
{What is it?} A smoothie bowl is no more than a thick, spoon-friendly smoothie that you serve in a bowl and glitter with colorful toppings. Pretty fun, right?
 
{The Base} The best part of the smoothie bowl is that you don’t actually have to recreate the wheel. You can use your favorite smoothie as the base and simply make it a bit more thick by omitting some of the liquid.
 
{Is it Healthy?} Here’s the thing–like a traditional smoothie, a smoothie bowl is only as healthy as the ingredients you use to create it. It is also important to be mindful of your serving size because, depending on the add-ins and toppings, you can wind up eating a days worth of calories unknowingly.
 
{The Ingredients} A healthy smoothie bowl combines fruits, vegetables and healthy proteins and fats like nuts and nuts. Need a refresher? Check out the Smoothie 101 post. Skip fruit juices and use water, raw coconut water, milk, unsweetened milk alternatives and plain yogurt to blend.
 
{Add Flavor} Take your smoothie base to the next level with herbs like basil and mint, spices such as ginger and cardamom and even citrus zest, YUM!
 
{The Toppings} This is the fun part–I equate it to an ice-cream topping bar and you get points for artistic flare! Add texture with ground nuts and seeds. Make it colorful with a variety of fresh and unsweetened dried fruits. Be conscious of your toppings though–its easy to get out of hand and the next thing you know you have created a beautiful bowl with the calories of a Big Mac.
 
{The Cheat Sheet} Not sure where to start, here is a recipe for my favorite smoothie with options to thicken it for a smoothie bowl base that I love plus a few pairings for toppings so you can make it your own!
 
{The Nourished Green Smoothie}
2 servings
This is not your everyday smoothie (though it should be!) as it incorporates a ton of nutrient dense whole foods as well as medicinal herbs and spices that add both dynamic flavors and nutritive qualities.
 
1/2 cup filtered water
1/2 cup raw coconut water or equal amount of filtered water
2 cups of spinach or kale
1/2 cucumber 
1/2 apple, cored
1/2 banana
1/2 avocado
1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
1/4 cup parsley
1/4 cup mixed nuts and seeds
1 teaspoon orange zest
1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
1/2 teaspoon fresh turmeric, grated
 
Combine all ingredients in a high-powered blender and serve. Pour into two-three bowls and start topping!
*Thicken with a whole avocado or plain, strained yogurt
 
 
{Garnish}
 
Sunshine: Banana Slices, Mango Chunks, Bee Pollen and Sunflower Seeds
Taste The Rainbow: Blueberries, Raspberries, Orange Segments, Banana, Kiwi, Unsweetened Coconut
Go Nuts: Walnuts, Cashews, Almonds, Cocao Nibs
Seeduction: Hemp Seeds, Chia Seeds, Sesame Seeds (Black and White), Pumpkin Seeds, Ground Flax
 
 
Start Creating!
Katie

5 thoughts on “{Nourish} Smoothie Bowl 101 + The Nourished Green Smoothie

  1. Love this, Katie! I’ve never tried making a smoothie bowl, but I just might now. I also have a ton of mint growing on my porch right now and have never thought to put it in a smoothie before. Thanks for the ideas!

  2. THANK YOU! I needed this hah! I tried to do a smoothie bowl like 3 weeks ago and it was an #epicfail! I couldn’t believe how soupy it turned out. DUAH- less liquid Liz! Thanks Katie for showing me how, stay tuned for an IG post when I perfect it and shout out to you!

    1. Ha! Don’t you love those #epicfails!! I tossed an entire cake this week which was a total dud! As for smoothie bowls I think having avocado on hand is the best way to tighten it up! Works every time!

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