I love a good smoothie bowl! Beautifully eye catching and fun to eat, smoothie bowls give us a little more substance than a regular drinkable smoothie. My favourite thing about smoothie bowls is that they’re completely customizable to meet any range of tastes and dietary requirements; I enjoy topping mine with various fruits and nuts, to give my bowl some colour and texture.
Summer has been a very busy time for me. The kids are out of school, there are activities and errands on top of all of my regular day to day stuff, and I find that a nice, cold, fruity smoothie bowl really helps give my energy a kick-start. Lately, I’ve been enjoying it as an afternoon snack, because it gives me a moment to relax and just do something good for myself. This smoothie bowl happens to be full of protein from the vegan protein powder I added, and full of good fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, anti-inflammatories and antioxidants.
Vegan protein powder is something I like to keep on hand. It’s an easy way to inject more protein into your diet, if that’s something you’re concerned about, and it’s virtually flavourless, so it goes with literally anything! I buy mine at the health food store, but have also seen high quality brands at some high end grocery stores. Make sure to check the labels to ensure it is vegan before buying. Raspberry powder is another one of my favourite powders right now! Made up of dried, pulverized raspberries, it’s full of manganese, vitamin C, and phytonutrients. It tastes great, and is an excellent source of additional sweetness, flavour and colour!
I chose to make my smoothie bowl nice and fruity, with a summery combo of banana, raspberries and strawberries. You can use whatever fresh or frozen fruit and vegetables you like in your bowl, but I wanted to keep this one sweet and berry-forward. To top, I used a combo of nuts and fruit this time. I’ve been on a bit of a hazelnut kick lately- I love their crunch and delicate flavour! Hazelnuts are also great for you- they’re high in calcium, vitamins B and E and magnesium! Likewise, almonds are an excellent source of calcium and magnesium, but also contain a significant amount of copper, iron, riboflavin and healthy fats.
This smoothie bowl makes the perfect breakfast or snack option, to get you through the busiest of days! It’s light enough so it won’t weigh you down (you could totally work out shortly after consuming one of these!), and it gives you a good shot of energy that lasts the entire day. So go ahead- bust out your blender, snap a few shots for Instagram (you know you want to!), and dive in! Until next time, eat well to live well!
- 1 Frozen banana
- 1/2 cup Raspberries
- 1/2 cup Strawberries
- 3 tbsp Vegan protein powder
- 2 tbsp Raspberry powder
- Almond flakes
In a blender or food processor, combine all ingredients.
2. Pour into a bowl or cup, and decorate with your favourite toppings. Serve immediately.