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Top Six Insta-Worthy Smoothie Bowls


Top Six Insta-Worthy Smoothie Bowls

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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.

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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The coronavirus has changed life, as we knew it, forever. Most people will be touched in some way by the pandemic either physically, emotionally or financially. We’ve all heard heart-breaking stories from around the world about lives that have been lost and severe financial hardships caused by the sudden shutdown of so many businesses.

On behalf of all our team members around the globe, we extend our deepest sympathies to all that are struggling through personal challenges, whatever they may be, and we offer our sincerest gratitude to all the heroes who are helping those in need.

We’d also like to add how important it is for everyone to continue to do their part to slow the spread. Physical distancing is critical, and we must all take this seriously. We use the word “physical” because staying away from people in a physical way does not mean we should be neglecting the importance of social interactions, compassion and patience.

We are one of the largest providers of shelf-stable seafood and it is our honor and our responsibility to do our part, in every way we can, to help to keep people fed with affordable, nutritious protein. To that end, we’re continuing to run our factories in the US and Canada while our partners around the world continue to provide supply.

We take great pride in being a “people-first” company, so our decision to continue operations is done with utmost concern for the people making it possible. We’ve enhanced our safety measures to meet or exceed CDC guidelines and we have increased wages in our factories to assist employees dealing with the incremental costs of working and new, unexpected demands on their households.

We also take great pride in producing healthy, nutritious and safe products for our customers. Please know the manufacturing practices we follow year-round protect our both employees and the products they produce. Our facilities have very few people-to-product interactions, all products are sterilized in a high temperature oven and then packaged in highly automated production lines.

Beyond Bumble Bee, we’re continually looking for ways to extend our “people first” approach to make a meaningful impact. With so many people in need, we know this effort is more important than ever. We’re starting by donating more than $1 million in product to food banks in both the US and in Canada. And we will be looking for more opportunities to make a positive difference in the days to come.

Finally, I want to thank you, our loyal and new customers, for your support. We hope you find the recipes on our website helpful and easy to prepare. I also want to send a sincere thank you to our Bumble Bee Team and our valued supply partners around the world for their tireless efforts, particularly those working in sales, manufacturing, distribution and all our support roles, ensuring we can keep store and pantry shelves stocked.

Please continue to do your part to keep yourselves and your families safe during this truly unprecedented time.

With Gratitude,
CEO, Bumble Bee Seafoods