Breakfast time can get a bit uninspiring. My go-to brekkie is either porridge, eggs and beans or a quick slice of gluten free toast with nut butter (currently loving almond butter).
Occasionally I whip up a smoothie, particularly if I’m trying to get some extra vitamins in or if I’m wanting something to drink after exercise.
I have spotted the trend for colourful smoothie bowls but thought it all looked very ‘instagram’ but also a bit of a faff. Turns out they aren’t – if you have a food processor or blender, you’re sorted. They are packed full of flavour and are a really easy way to get some essential vits and minerals into your breakfast.
To make a smoothie bowl you need to create a base that is thicker than a normal smoothie as it needs to hold your toppings and be substantial enough to eat with a spoon. I do this by using a frozen banana or two, it gives it a real sorbet-like texture.
Then comes the fun bit, flavour – what will your base flavour be? Using frozen fruits is a really cost-effective and healthy way to pick your base flavour. Not only do you know the fruit is super fresh as it would have been frozen within hours of picking, but it means you can use out of season fruit in a way that is better for the environment (no huge journeys around the world). We generally have a bag of frozen mixed berries in the freezer which would work really well, you can get frozen mango, blueberries, blackberries – even frozen kiwi and spinach mixes! For this one I picked frozen raspberries – they really pack a punch of flavour.
Get creative and mix flavours, use veggies as well as fruit. There are hundreds of yummy combinations. You can also think about the health benefits of your ingredients and what you might need to include for your own body – raspberries are packed full of vitamin C, vitamin B, folic acid and iron. They also contain lots of dietary fibre. All good stuff to help fight off winter colds and provide lots of energy.
At this point you can add in protein powders, super-food supplements (like powdered super greens) or other fruit or vegetables.
Chuck it all in a blender or food processor and blitz until smooth, easy peasy! Pour it into a bowl and then get creative with your toppings.
For this smoothie bowl, I sprinkled on top small chunks of fresh mango, desiccated coconut, chia seeds and some whole frozen raspberries. It is your chance to add extra flavour and nutrition as well as make your bowl look ‘instagram ready’ (!).
So there you go; super simple, ready in moments and hugely nutritious.
Raspberry Super Food Smoothie Bowl
- 3 frozen bananas
- 2 cups frozen raspberries
- 1/3 fresh mango, finely chopped
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 2 tbsp desiccated coconut
- Handful frozen raspberries to decorate
Blend the frozen raspberries and bananas in a food processor or blender until smooth and thick.
Pour into a bowl for serving.
Sprinkle toppings onto the top of the smoothie bowl. Serve immediately!