24 May Recipe: Breakfast smoothie bowls
Making smoothie bowls for breakfast was a game changer for me. Here’s my easy recipe to starting your day in a healthy way.
Last year my mother asked me what I wanted for Christmas. Being determined to shed a few love pounds and commit to a healthier lifestyle, I asked for a super blender so that I can make smoothie bowls. She asked what brand and after seeing the ridiculous price of a Nutribullet, I found a perfectly similar one from Kambrook. I’m sorry, but I can’t justify spending that much on an appliance if there is a more inexpensive option.
I’ve used my super blender almost every day to make smoothies since I’ve received it. Instead of having toast or yogurt for breakfast, I now have smoothie bowls. It’s changed the game completely. Instead of finding myself hungry again by mid-morning, I’m pretty good until early afternoon. This means that I’m nourishing my body properly and in conjunction with regular exercise, I can see and feel the difference in my body.
Please note that I don’t only eat healthily as I believe that everything in moderation is good for you. If you want to indulge (responsibly) in something sweeter in the afternoon / weekends, here’s some great and easy recipes.
Below is my recipe for a berry smoothie bowl, but you can really play around and discover your own favourites. I like mine quite thick and thus the smoothie bowls. You can add more liquid to make it runny if that’s what you like.
I generally buy a bunch of bananas when I do my weekly grocery shop. Peel and cut the bananas in half; and pop in the freezer in a Ziploc bag. Buy fruit you love in bulk and freeze those too. I like berries, so I buy lots of blueberries, raspberries and strawberries. Out of season mostly now, I buy frozen.
The below makes one berry smoothie.
1x frozen banana
½x cup of frozen berries (or any fruit you like)
2x tbsp of raw oats
¼ x cup of milk / milk substitute / juice
¼ cup of yogurt (optional – will make it a bit runnier)
1x tsp of whey protein
1x tsp of honey
Before you do anything else, place the raw oats in a blender and blend to your heart’s content until it’s powder consistency. I find by doing this it blends more evenly with the rest of the ingredients.
Now add in all the other ingredients to the raw oats and blend. If you see that the blender is taking strain, either add in a bit more fluid or pulse it.
Spoon into a bowl or cup and enjoy. I like to top mine with fresh berries, coconut pieces or chai seeds. You can top with whatever you like or nothing at all.
To make my other favourite smoothie, peanut butter and banana, all you have to do is replace the berries with 2x tbsp of peanut butter. I would suggest the sugar and salt free ones. You can substitute it with almost anything you like and experiment to find your own favourites.
It takes a couple of minutes to make and you get in some real nutrition to kick start your day.