Smoothie bowls are my obsession, they are so delicious, nutrient dense and refreshing on a hot day, I have missed making them in the winter, so look out for a lot more smoothie bowl recipes this summer!
I am currently in possession of about 6 avocados, perfectly ripe and ready to be eaten. So I have been googling recipes and thinking up ways of how we can eat them in the next two days without any wastage. So I will be sharing some avo inspired recipes I created for Woolworths a few years ago. And maybe also testing out a new chocolate mousse recipe.
Avo’s are filled with good fats and are a great addition to add to breakfast whether it is Avo on toast with an egg or in a smoothie or smoothie bowl. I live for smoothie bowls in the summer and will easily eat them as an afternoon snack or for dinner when it is so hot!!
Tips for the best smoothie bowls
The key to a great smoothie bowl is to not add too much liquid, you could use any milk or yogurt but don’t add too much. First add a little and when it is not blending a little more liquid.
Use frozen fruit, like bananas, berries, pineapples and even cauliflower and courgettes.
You will need a strong blender, I adore my Omniblend and use it a few times a week.
Eat straight away, the frostiness disappears quickly.
Also, remember that avo’s best friend taste-wise is some acidity from limes or lemons, I also add vanilla extract to all my smoothie bowls and smoothies.
Keep basic pantry staples stocked at home to make a delicious smoothie or smoothie bowl in minutes. My favourites are frozen berries and bananas in the freezer and also almond milk. I like to use Buttanut, hempseeds, collagen and protein powder, I like to use Thrive protein powder.
How to increase protein and prevent blood sugar fluctuations
It is important to add protein and fats to your smoothies to keep your blood sugar levels stable. If you just include bananas and berries with honey your blood sugar levels will spike.
By adding these high protein ingredients your smoothies will be much more balanced.
Hempseed 30g = 9.7g of protein
Collagen powder 15g = 16g of protein
Protein powder 25g=20g protein
Fats could come from avocado, yogurt or peanut butter
Smoothie bowls are my go to in the summer when I don’t have much of an appetite. My children also love them after they come home from school. And because it is the texture of ice cream they think of it as a treat and will try all kinds of flavours and combinations.
1/2 a Avo 1 1/2 cup frozen pineapple 1 frozen banana sliced handful of spinach
2 dates 2 tbsp collagen powder or protein powder (optional) 1/2 cup of almond milk (but you might need a little more)
Juice of 1 or two limes
For extra crunch and prettiness, add blueberries, hempseeds, granola and fresh mint.
Add ingredients to a strong blender. A tamper will help to mix ingredients. If it is not blending easily add a little more liquid but not too much otherwise it will turn into a smoothie. Adjust sweetness by adding honey or another date and add more lime juice to taste. Pour into two bowls and decorate with toppings. Eat straight away!
The dates could be replaced with honey
I chop bananas every week and store in the freezer for ready to go smoothies, chop into four pieces-that way you know how much one banana is.