How to build a nourishing smoothie bowl

Smoothie bowls are a trendy, colourful way to eat your breakfast. But they're also a great way of packing a whole lot of nutrients into one meal. They're cool and refreshing - great for the Australian summer - and I've found that my kids love them, especially when I get them involved by letting them choose and sprinkle their own toppings.

How to Build A Smoothie Bowel

Step 1

Start with at least one frozen fruit and vegetable. Some of my favourites include:

  • Berries

  • Banana

  • Tropical fruits (mango, etc.)

  • Avocado

  • Spinach / silverbeet / kale

  • Beetroot

  • Sweet potato

  • Zucchini

Step 2

Boost nutrient content with some add-ins. My favourites include:

  • Tofu

  • Tahini and nut butters

  • Nutrient powders (matcha, acai, protein powder, etc.)

  • 1 tblsp oil (flaxseed, coconut, avocado, etc.)

  • Yoghurt and milk ice cubes (dairy or plant based)

Step 3

Process in a high powered blender until creamy. Transfer to your bowl.

Step 4

Add some colour and crunch with toppings. Some nutrient dense choices include:

  • Dried fruit (figs, goji berries, apricots, etc.)

  • Toasted oats

  • Seeds (hemp, poppy, chia, sunflower, pumpkin, etc)

  • Fresh fruit

  • Toasted coconut flakes

  • Nuts (almonds, cashews, etc.)

  • Cacao nibs

Tips for a successful smoothie bowl

  1. Have your toppings and add-ins ready to go - Before you even take your frozen fruit and vegetables out of the freezer, make sure all your toppings and add-ins are portioned, cut and ready to go. This reduces melting time!

  2. Cut toppings into bite sized pieces - The beauty of the smoothie bowl is being able to have an entire, nourishing meal in one convenient place with one convenient utensil. Cutting toppings, such as fresh fruit, into bite sized pieces makes it easier to eat.

  3. Use frozen ingredients - The consistency of your smoothie bowl will depend on the proportion of frozen ingredients that go into it: the more frozen stuff, the more creamy it will be. Adding liquids, such as milk, will make your smoothie bowl runny.

  4. Don't add ice - Adding ice will make it melt quicker resulting in a runny smoothie bowl and your toppings will all sink to the bottom.

  5. Keep it cool with a tea towel - To slow down melting, insulate your smoothie bowl by wrapping the base of the bowl in a tea towel.

Enjoy your smoothie bowls!