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Dec 1, 2017

DIY Healthy Breakfast Smoothie Bowl

The perfect summer brekkie to set you up for success! Breakfast smoothie bowls are quick, healthy, delicious and most importantly – Instagram-worthy!

Make your own with these easy steps:

Make your base.

Smoothie bowls are very similar to smoothies, they’re just consumed in a different way (spoon, not straw), and include additional toppings and texture. So, start with your favourite smoothie recipe, blending fruit, some greens (spinach, kale), ice, milk (almond, coconut), juice (orange, pomegranate, carrot) or yogurt (greek), and a little healthy sweetener (agave syrup, maple syrup, honey). Have fun with it and try your favourite flavours. You can even make two different smoothies to combine in the same bowl for more interesting bites. Keep thickness in mind overall, as you won’t want it too soupy.

Choose colourful fruit toppings.

The trick is in the toppings. Consider your base and then add complimentary (but not necessarily identical) fruit like blueberries, strawberries, bananas, passion fruit and raspberries. This is your chance to try something new or uncommon. When’s the last time you had a kiwi? Try a little on top.

Add some crunch.

Texture is key. You don’t want everything to be smooth, so add some healthy seeds (chia, sunflower, hemp, etc.), grains (granola, oats), and/or nuts (walnut, pumpkin, almond). A little unsweetened coconut flakes sprinkled on top is a nice finishing touch.

Watch the sweetness.

Beware of sweetened yogurt, high-calorie granola, and other unnatural, processed ingredients. Stay as fresh as possible, and know that you’ll get a lot of sweetness from the smoothie and additional fruit toppings. You may even find you want a dollop of crème fraîche or plain greek yogurt on top to tame things!

Have fun with the design.

Just like the “recipe,” which can be varied in a million ways, have fun with the assembly. Pro tip: It usually looks nicer if toppings are added in chunks, in their own space; and it’s best if the heaviest items go last. You can always mix it and lose the pretty when eating!

Admire your creation. Then dig in!

That’s it. Whether or not your final bowl is Instagram-worthy, you can pat yourself on the back for starting the day with a healthy brekkie. Way to go!