I’m on a hella smoothie bowl kick lately & tons of questions are rolling in about how I make them so here are my tips!
I stick to 3/4 cup lower sugar fruit; my faves are blueberries, strawberries or a berry blend (I keep my berry total to 1 cup including toppings!); natural sugar is healthier but it’s still sugar so I try to be mindful of that! Berries are known to be a lower sugar fruit & they’re rich in antioxidant compounds that help fight disease, inflammation & boost immunity, not to mention contain tons of vitamins & minerals, fight aging in the body, boost collagen production, contribute to the maintenance of glowy skin, strong bones, joints, muscles & tissues/membranes & help promote healthy digestion & gut health thanks to their high fibre content.
I always throw in 4-5 chunks steamed then frozen cauliflower, broccoli or zucchini to add fibre, texture & thickness, without adding sugar! It’s important to steam the cruciferous veggies before freezing to facilitate digestion.
I don’t add any sweetener & instead, I sweeten with pure organic vanilla extract &/or ceylon cinnamon.
I use 1/3 banana as a topping because the sugar content can rack up quickly! Bonus if your banana is super ripe & you can mash it into your bowl to make it creamier.
I always do 1/4 cup homemade milk & 1/2 cup filtered water or homemade cold brew coffee (I make it in my Asobu Bottle cold brew maker); homemade milk is healthier but it’s also a lot higher in fat so it’s important to be mindful of that too!
I always throw in 1-2 handfuls fresh greens because it’s a great way to get them in (btw, you don’t even taste them!).
I always add superfoods to the mix: ashwagandha, maca, chaga, marine phytoplancton, milk thistle, astaxanthin, raw cacao, açai, chaga, camu camu, spirulina, moringa & chlorella are my faves! Recently, I’ve also been adding astaxanthin!
I add 2-3 tbsp. granola for crunch (check the blog for my post all about buying granola tips!). It’s important to add toppings you can chew to trigger the digestive response from the mouth to the brain & prevent bloating. Other toppings I love are: ground flax, hemp hearts, cacao nibs, golden & goji berries!
I add unsweetened hemp protein to promote muscle recovery & growth! Hemp is my fave because it’s also rich in fibre, fats, vitamins, minerals (magnesium, iron, zinc) & amino acids! Collagen is also a great option!