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Do you know what a smoothie bowl is? I would guess most of you know are familiar with and probably drink smoothies with some regularity. But what makes a smoothie bowl different from a smoothie? Author Carissa Bonham introduces us to the idea of the smoothie bowl, where a smoothie is the base and different toppings are make this from a drink into a healthy “dessert.”
There are several different reasons to make smoothie bowls:
- They are beautiful
- They help you feel full sooner.
- The satisfaction of chewing.
- Nutrition which is blended and gets in quickly and easily.
A smoothie bowl starts with the smoothie on the bottom and then different foods are layered on top. Carissa’s superfoods include acai, avocado, banana, beets, blackberries, blueberries, carrots, cherries, chia, coconut,dragon fruit, flaxseeds, ginger, goji berries, green tea/matcha, honey, kale, kiwi, kombucha, mango, nuts, oats, oranges, peaches, pineapple, raspberries, spinach, watermelon, strawberries, and yogurt. After explaining the benefits of these different ingredients, she gives us 80 different recipes to put them together in a tasty and nutritious manner.
This is a beautiful cookbook with lovely photos, the kind that inspire you to make the recipe. I would add one caveat though. If you want to make the recipes exactly as indicated, this book seems to be better suited for those with plenty of money,. Ingredients include acai juice, spirulina, matcha tea green powder, in addition to all kinds of fruits, yogurt, almond milk, and many normal things you have in your house. I did find this book inspiring and I will use it with my family, but we will do few if any of these recipes exactly as indicated. Once you have the smoothie bowl idea down, the sky is the limit of what you put together.
I made the Creamy Cherry Berry Booster, a lovely smoothie with frozen cherries and strawberries. It made a delicious sorbet, which didn’t really even need the toppings. I only put on the coconut and blueberries, but even with just those it felt like a decadent dessert. It was delicious.
One other thought on these recipes, is that most of them are not real low-carb. So if you need to be low-carb because of insulin resistance or diabetes or weight loss then you probably shouldn’t use too many of these recipes. There are several, like this Cherry Berry Booster that isn’t too bad on carbs, which is why it was the first one I tried. I have permission from the author to share this recipe with you below. Give it a try and enjoy every mouthful.
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
- 1 cup frozen dark cherries
- 1 TBSP local honey
- 1/2 cup plain whole milk yogurt
- 1 TBSP flaxseed
- 1/2 cup coconut or other plant based milk
- 1/2 banana, sliced thin lengthwise
- 1/4 cup fresh blueberries
- 1/4 cup fresh strawberries, halved
- 1 tsp shredded coconut
- 1 Tbsp plain whole milk yogurt
- drizzle of honey
- 1. Combine all smoothie bowl ingredients in a blender jar and blend until smooth and no chunks remain.
- 2. Press banana slices against the side of a mason jar before pouring the smoothie into the jar. Add remaining toppings.