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Top Six Insta-Worthy Smoothie Bowls

 

Top Six Insta-Worthy Smoothie Bowls

Bumble Bee Nutritious Smoothie

Smoothie bowls are going strong as a trending breakfast. Scroll through your healthy foodie Instagram feed and it will no doubt turn up many brightly colored bowls topped with rows of equally beautiful ingredients.

If you’re not familiar, a smoothie bowl is a slightly thicker blended smoothie (think thin soft-serve ice cream consistency) served in a bowl with various toppings. And they can be as delicious and nutritious as they are beautiful.

What we love about smoothie bowls is that you get all of the cool yumminess of a smoothie, along with the benefit of blending in lots of healthy ingredients. Along with crunchy toppings, this easily satisfies that urge to “chew” in a way a smoothie doesn’t.

What we DON’T love about all smoothie bowls is that many recipes you see in blogs and Instagram feeds aren’t necessarily a healthy or a smart breakfast choice. There can be too much of a good thing and smoothie bowls are an example of that. They often contain much more fruit than you’d typically eat in a serving if it were not blended up.

Add in a variety of nut butters, coconut milk, and toppings and it can mean bowls that have over 1000 calories, coming mostly from fruit sugar. Many bowls also lack protein, as nut milks don’t offer much and nuts/seeds as toppings don’t typically contribute enough on their own. Not enough protein, combined with too much fruit sugar, means a breakfast that will leave you hungry soon after eating.

Bumble Bee Nutritious Smoothie

Our criteria for a healthy smoothie bowl includes:

  1. A source of protein (often yogurt, silken tofu, soy milk, nuts/nut butter, seeds (hemp and chia especially)
  2. Healthy fats (nuts & seeds can do double duty as healthy fat and protein, avocado, coconut)
  3. Fruit in a portion equivalent of 1-2 pieces total
  4. Other additions can be added for fun flavors or extra nutrition but aren’t necessary for a healthy bowl (think bee pollen, cacao nibs, etc).

Without further ado, here are our 6 favorite smoothie bowl recipes that are as nutritionally balanced as they are beautiful. Try ‘em and have fun posting them on your own IG feed!

  1. Paradise Smoothie Bowl from Amelia Winslow of Eating Made Easy. We love that this bowl is simple, tasty, and doesn’t require really expensive or hard to find ingredients.
  2. Green Machine Mango Smoothie Bowl by us (C&J Nutrition): You’ll find this bright green summery bowl on our C&J 7-day Summer Challenge Meal Plan, which you can also download for FREE via our website.
  3. Power Smoothie Bowl with Quinoa Granola: There are not one but TWO delicious recipes here (the smoothie bowl base and an amazing quinoa granola), by Chelsey, the registered dietitian behind C It Nutritionally. You’re welcome!
  4. Purple Haze Smoothie (Bowl) by Alison Schaff, registered dietitian and owner of Prep Dish. This gorgeous, purple hued, dairy free bowl gets a protein kick from chia seeds. Top it with a tablespoon of nuts or nut butter for an added protein boost.
  5. Chai-Peach Almond Smoothie Bowl by registered dietitian Katie Cavuto of {Nourish.Breathe.Thrive} combines spicy flavors and one of our favorite summer fruits.
  6. Peach Raspberry Spoon Smoothie by registered dietitian Katie Sullivan Morford of Mom’s Kitchen Handbook is tart and sweet. A super refreshing way to start the day.

 

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