Recipe: Blueberry Smoothie Bowl

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This past week, my mom had been inspired by some photos she had seen on Instagram of smoothie bowls. I hadn’t heard of them until she told me more. They sounded delicious and we decided to make one of many possible flavours. We Googled some recipes to get some ideas and then came up with our own version.

A smoothie bowl is basically a thick smoothie served in a bowl and topped with nuts, seeds, granola, and/or fresh fruit. It is like a meal in itself and makes for a great healthy breakfast or snack.

Here is how we made them:

Ingredients (serves two):

Organic milk or Almond Milk

Organic orange-mango juice or organic apple juice

Organic frozen blueberries, mixed berries (strawberries, raspberries, dark red cherries, pineapple, blackberries or mangos – mix and match different berries, if you have them)

1 frozen banana

A few handfuls of fresh organic spinach

1 teaspoon of real vanilla extract (from Mexico)

1-2 tablespoons of organic clear liquid honey

1 tablespoon organic almond butter (optional)

1 ripe banana (topping)

Chia seeds (topping)

Hemp seeds (topping)

Homemade granola (topping)

Fresh or frozen berries or other fruits (topping)

For the above ingredients, you might have noticed that I didn’t list the amount that you need for each one. When I make smoothies, I don’t measure anything. You can use as much or as little as you like, depending on how thick you want the smoothie to be. Experiment and see what works for you.

Directions:

1. Add smoothie ingredients to a high-powered blender (I use a Vita Mix).

2. Blend on high until combined. Experiment with the consistency. If it is too thick, add more liquids of your choice. If it is too runny, add more berries/fruit. Blend until smooth, thick and creamy.

3. Pour smoothie mixture into two separate bowls.

4. Sprinkle chia seeds, hemp seeds and granola in neat lines on top of the smoothie. Place banana slices on top of the smoothie. Place other fresh or frozen fruit along the side of the smoothie bowl. Other optional toppings include organic shredded coconut, and other nuts and seeds (raw/unsalted almonds, pecans, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds) or cacao nibs.

5. Serve immediately.

ENJOY!

Recipe Inspired By These Websites:

http://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-berry-banana-smoothie-breakfast-bowl-recipes-from-the-kitchn-208406

http://nutritionstripped.com/blueberry-banana-crunch-smoothie-bowl/

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