While away in Christchurch for a wedding we found this fabulous cafe called the Park Ranger which we landed up going to almost daily. One of the things they served was these Smoothie Bowls – which I believe were first introduced to us by Sarah Wilson and her book Simplicious. She creates different various of these smoothie bowls in her recipe book – which of course I have a copy of.
So, when I got back from Christchurch, I decided to experiment with the idea a little more and thought I would share my experience with you.
To make a smoothie, loaded with loads of nutritional elements and then top it with yummy sprinkles to make it more like a bowl of breakfast.
You can really experiment with these and create different variations of your favourites. The fun thing is actually the toppings where you can add freeze dried raspberries, lightly roasted coconut flakes, raisins, sprouted buckwheat grouts, goji berries, nuts & granola.
Here are some ideas for the smoothie part:
- Start with a frozen banana (for the sweetness)
- Add in frozen berries
- Some kind of milk – I use Almond Milk
- Coconut Yoghurt
- Cocao powder
- Sarah adds in frozen beetroot (pre-cooked and then frozen)
- Frozen banana
- Nut butter
- Maca powder or Ashwaganda powder
- 1 green apple
- spice mix
- nut butter
- 1/1/2 cups spinach leaves
- 1 1/2 cups coconut milk
What I like about the smoothie bowl idea:
- It is super easy to make breakfast. You can simply chuck a bunch of ingredients into a blender and then simply top it with all sorts of delicious toppings.
- It somehow feels more filling than just drinking a smoothie.
- You are getting a nice dose of nourishment first thing in the morning as you can hide a bunch of “not so tasty” powders and supplements in smoothies. For instance, you could hide Chaga Mushroom Powder, a green healthy powder like Spirulina or Barley Grass. You can also add probiotics or other supplements quite easily, avoiding the need to take a bunch of tablets first thing in the morning.
What I don’t like so much:
- The key thing I don’t like is that these are cold and they feel cold to eat. Inevitably you are using frozen ingredients like frozen banana or berries. Most of us feel the cold quite easily and personally I don’t like feeling cold first thing in the morning. My natural desire is to eat something warming and soothing for my tummy – like a porridge of some sort. I did try heating some of these but they just didn’t do very well and turned into a goopy mess! I think it’s the banana that doesn’t appreciate being heated – LOL.
- It can also make you feel kinda full of liquid – the secret is to add more toppings 😉
I think I will experiment a little more with this idea as I like the concept but I think I would prefer to have it warmed up a little. Sarah does have one recipe which she warms up – so I might need to just test out using a heated version of these. If you want to try Sarah’s recipes, check out her website www.sarahwilson.com.
Have you ever tried smoothie bowls? Want to experiment with me?