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What Is a Smoothie Bowl?

by Marissa on April 7, 2015

smoothie bowl - Where I Need to Be

We’re slowly getting over our jet lag and coming down from the best week of our lives in Mexico, our wedding week. My Rx for jet lag: plenty of sleep, cutting back on workouts, eating super healthy, nixing the alcohol- and of course, throwing in a smoothie bowl here and there.

After our six mile race in Central Park on Saturday, I was beat and hungry. I mixed up a quick smoothie bowl — my latest healthy obsession,– posted it on Instagram, chowed down then had a nap.

After my nap, I found that one of my Instagram followers asked me, “What is a smoothie bowl?” 

A smoothie bowl is just what it sounds like, a smoothie in a bowl. It’s slightly thicker than a typical smoothie so instead of drinking it with a straw, you eat it with a spoon. 

The thicker consistency comes from adding ingredients like avocado, coconut cream, chia seeds, oats, or soaked nuts like cashews or macadamia nuts. Since I’ve stopped eating sugar, these ingredients now replace bananas in my smoothies and smoothie bowls.  

smoothie bowl - where I need to be

The best part of a smoothie bowl is the toppings.

To give it texture and add nutrition, you can top your bowl with just about anything but some of my favorite toppings are: 

  • granola
  • cacao nibs 
  • sliced bananas
  • berries
  • shredded or flaked coconut (toasted or un-toasted) 
  • nuts 
  • nut butters
  • chia seeds
  • hemp seeds

Have you tried making a smoothie bowl? If so, what are your favorite toppings? 


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