Divya is an engineer turned writer. She is a seasoned freelancer who loves writing about food, travel, and lifestyle.
We all know breakfast is the cardinal meal of the day…
Because it restores the supply of blood glucose and gives you the energy you need to do things throughout the day, blah…blah…blah… refuels the body and the brain after an overnight fast… kick-starts your metabolism… lowers the chance of obesity, etc.etc.etc.
Nutritionists across the world insist on two things:
- First, you should eat your breakfast within two hours of waking.
- A healthy breakfast should be an excellent source of essential nutrients such as iron, calcium, B vitamins, proteins, and fiber.
Several people tend to skip the morning meal because they are in a rush to get out of the door — this is a mistake. Without breakfast, you won’t get all the nutrients you need, and you will be running on empty, just like trying to start a vehicle with no fuel! In addition, missing your breakfast can zap you out of energy, and you are more likely to overeat later in the day. A healthy breakfast is virtuous for both physical and mental health, so don’t miss out on your breakfast.
While there are many breakfast options, my favorite is the most versatile, delicious, energizing, easy and exciting to make — Smoothie Bowls. They are perfect for those on-the-go mornings!
Why Smoothie Bowl?
Smoothie bowls are no different from smoothies in a mason jar or a glass. Although they have the taste and texture of a smoothie, serving them in a bowl allows you to add health-boosting, super-satisfying toppings that turn your morning smoothie a little more interesting, substantial, nourishing, and of course, colorful. With the right ingredients, Smoothie bowls are the perfect healthy breakfast packed with nutrients that will keep you going all day long.
Portion control is key
Without a doubt, the bowl is full of nutrients, but it is imperative to keep an eye out for the sugar content. Smoothie bowls can spike up your blood sugar and quickly drop it like a ball, as well. To have a balanced bowl, include healthy fat and protein-rich ingredients, more vegetables, and sugar-free toppings like unsweetened shredded coconut, cacao nibs, hemp seeds, and chia seeds. Also, remember with all smoothie bowl ingredients, portion control is key.
Now that you have all the details and information, here are three delicious Smoothie Bowl recipes you must try.
Humble Cacao Banana Smoothie
Preparation time: 5 minutes
1 medium banana, 2 tbsp. Cacao powder, a few sunflower seeds, a handful of moringa leaves, 1tsp. turmeric, 4 to 5 dates, and ½ cup peanut milk
Chia seeds, Sesame seeds, Dry coconut, and slices of banana
Peel and cut the banana and put it in the blender. Wash moringa leaves and add to blender. Toss the other ingredients into the blender and blitz. Blend the mixture until it’s smooth. Pour the smoothie into a bowl and garnish it with chia seeds, sesame seeds, and slices of banana.
Preparation time: 15 minutes
1 pomegranate,1 medium-size banana, ½ cup peanut milk, a handful of moringa leaves, five to ten soaked and peeled almonds, ten raisins, and a pinch of cinnamon
Peanut butter, Sesame seeds, and Grated coconut
Cut open the pomegranate, remove the seeds, and put them into a mixer. Peel and chop the bananas and add to the mixer. Wash the moringa leaves and add them to the mixer along with the other ingredients. Now, blend until the mixture is smooth without lumps. Transfer the smoothie into a bowl and top it with a spoon of peanut butter, a dash of sesame seeds, and some grated coconut.
Detox Spinach Green Smoothie
Preparation time: 10 minutes
2 bananas, a handful of spinach, ½ cup grapes, a pinch of turmeric, and a small piece of cinnamon
Almonds, Chia seeds, Sesame seeds, and any fruit
Peel and mince the bananas and place them in a blender. Next, wash the spinach leaves and the grapes and add them to the blender along with the other ingredients. Now, blitz it until the mixture turns into a smooth paste. Then, pour the smoothie into a bowl and top it with sliced almonds, chopped fruits (anything that is readily available at home) and sprinkle some sesame seeds.
Tips and Notes
1. You can use frozen fruits instead of freshly cut fruits.
2. You might have to add more liquid to loosen up the mixture or add more frozen fruit or ice to thicken it up.
3. When it comes to smoothie bowls, the possibilities are endless. Here are a few options:
• Toppings — Pumpkin Seeds, Walnuts, Pistachios, Berries, and Granola
• Liquid — Milk (diary/ Non-diary), Coconut water, and Almond Milk
• Optional — Protein Powder, Superfood Powder, Matcha, Tofu, rolled Oats, and Yogurt
You can be creative and innovative about the ingredients of the smoothie bowls and make pretty much any combination of flavors you want. So go on and try any or all of these smoothies or get artistic with your flavors — Either way, enjoy the yumminess of the bowl!
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.