Smoothie bowls are not only delicious, but also look aesthetically-pleasing and are full of nutritious ingredients to fuel your body with. So why not switch up your smoothie experience and enjoy a smoothie bowl instead. They’re thicker in consistency, so work best by being poured into a bowl, ready to be enjoyed with a spoon rather than a straw (with lots of toppings!).They’re typically enjoyed at breakfast time, but are a great mid-afternoon snack or after-dinner dessert – especially during the summer season.
Depending on your desired consistency, your smoothie bowl can be closer to resembling a creamy ice cream or a thick smoothie – the choice is yours. This sunny Superfood Morning Smoothie Bowl is thickened with frozen mango, whilst the extra ingredients of ginger root, hemp seeds, matcha green tea powder and flaxseed oil add a bounty load of nutritional benefits. The avocado in this All Green Smoothie Bowl creates a delicious silky texture, whilst the spinach, frozen mango and hemp seeds pack a punch on the nutrition front.
Pro Tip: You may need to use your Vitamix blender tamper: for thick, challenging blends (like a smoothie bowl), the tamper can help get the mixture moving while breaking up air pockets that form around the blade.
Why not try this green Frozen Smoothie Bowl and top with granola for a hearty breakfast or this Blackberry Beet Smoothie Bowl for a nutritious, sweet anytime snack? This Pitaya Mango Smoothie Bowl is a great summertime option full of vitamin C to assist your immune system; and provides a natural energy boost, using green tea extract, perfect for those mid-afternoon slumps.
This creamy Chocolate and Mint Smoothie Bowl is another delicious option that’s a real treat to eat, whether you’re after a luscious (yet healthy!) breakfast or refreshing dessert. Show your skin some love with this amazing Skin-Boosting Smoothie Bowl by Eva Humphries at Wholefood Warrior, both delicious and highly nutritious, what’s not to love! There are plenty of healthy Vitamix recipes to choose from, so let’s elevate your chosen recipe and level it up with a selection of these great topping choices…
Pro Tip: Use frozen fruits and less liquid for a thicker consistency.
Adding an extra burst of flavour with your preferred selection of fresh fruits is a great way to top your next smoothie bowl. Sliced banana, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, peaches, plums, pineapple, kiwi, mango chunks, you name it! Dried fruits are also another noteworthy option, providing a different texture and flavour.
A spoonful of your favourite nut butter is a delicious way to elevate your smoothie bowl. Whether you choose peanut, almond or cashew butter they’ll all add a little extra protein and a lot of extra flavour. You can make your favourite nut butters, like this Peanut Cashew Nut Butter, in your Vitamix blender ready to add onto your next smoothie bowl.
Flakes, chopped or whole, a selection of nuts is a wonderful topping to any smoothie bowl. If you would prefer the crunchy texture of whole nuts, over a nut butter, then layer your smoothie with your favoured nut: cashew, macadamia, almond, hazelnut… the list goes on! They’re also a great way to add some extra protein, healthy fats and fibre – win, win, win.
Hemp and chia seeds are two great options to add some extra fibre and protein to your smoothie. Some other options to add some interest are bee pollen and dried or shredded coconut flakes, they’re full of nutrients and great texture.
For the ultimate crunch satisfaction add a handful or two of your favourite granola as a tasty topping. Not only does this add great texture, but it replaces your simple smoothie bowl with a brilliant breakfast bowl, ready to begin your day with.
Raw cacao nibs are exceptionally rich in antioxidants, full of flavour and have a great bite to them (as well as being a natural mood-booster!). Made from crushed cocoa beans, they contain no sweeteners so have a sharper flavour than any chocolate product that you’re likely familiar with, but the sweetness of your smoothie bowl softens the richness of the cacao nibs perfectly creating the perfect balance.
With plenty of options to choose from, what will you be garnishing your next smoothie bowl with? These healthy toppings are full of flavour, contain plenty of nutrients and add a brilliant layer of texture and interest to your breakfast or anytime-snack bowl!