Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but sometimes it can be hard to plan a healthy one without your sweet-tooth leading you astray. All those sugary cereal options out there, that barely possess any nutritional value, make it difficult to get that boost required after fasting all night and that sought-after energy to start off your day. Today, we’re serving up a fun solution to this common problem! And what’s more is that it’ll make your every day breakfast just as trendy as everything else you do. All the rage with foodies all over the internet, a smoothie bowl is way better than cornflakes and even better than a plain old smoothie (you’ll feel full by the time you’re done and you won’t down it in less than 10 seconds). They come topped with all sorts of colourful fruit and crunchy extras like granola or cereal, which just aren’t the same in a regular smoothie, and that create a nice texture for your palate. But a smoothie bowl is not just a nutritional boost in the morning; it also has the potential to be a work of art! So if you’re into making your food social media worthy, this smoothie bowl could be a fun, new, beautiful challenge to try!
This week, Sarah, from Sarah’s Dolce Vita, is back to show us how to make this divinely healthy meal! You might have already seen some of the breakfast creations on her blog, ranging from healthy muffins, chia pudding and muesli to tiramisu pancakes and protein-loaded oatmeal recipes. Sarah does it all and she’s an expert smoothie bowl maker, too! Our smoothie bowl training is in capable hands and today you have the opportunity to learn how to make her Tropical Green Smoothie Bowl. Loaded with banana, spinach, chia seeds, pineapple, tahini, almond butter, oats and almond milk, this recipe has all the key elements to building a balanced smoothie bowl. A healthy mix of greens, fruits, protein, healthy fats, super foods, ice and liquids all in one! Nutrition and texture are important elements of a good smoothie bowl, so you have to get your ratios right. However, you can also get inspired by the ingredients you have on hand! If you feel like mangoes will go better than bananas or if you have heaps of granola hanging around, why not throw them in? It wouldn’t hurt to add a touch of your imagination to the recipe this week. In fact, we encourage it!
For this recipe, blending is the most important step, so you have to make sure you have the right tool for the job! Sarah mixes together her ingredients with the handy thinkkitchen Pro-Stick Hand Blender. With two speeds and stainless steel blades that can crush ice, this convenient and easy-to-grip small kitchen appliance will keep your counter top blender tucked away in a far-off cabinet for good. Plus, it’s way easier to clean than a big bulky blender. All you need to do is place it under a tap and rinse it off!
Now it’s your turn to have some fun. Get creative and start building yourself a better way to breakfast!
- 1 cup spinach , packed
- ½-1 whole banana
- ½ cup pineapple
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 2 tbsp tahini or almond butter
- 2 tbsp rolled oats
- 2 tbsp -¼ cup almond milk
- 2 ice cubes (optional)
- Pineapple , cut into triangles
- Shredded coconut
- Rolled oats
With a blender, combine spinach, banana, pineapple, chia seeds, tahini, rolled oats and almond milk. Blend until smooth. If using a hand blender, add more milk and blend until creamy.
Top with extra rolled oats, almonds, shredded coconut and pineapple in the pattern of your choosing (this is your chance to get creative!).
Here to inspire you to be creative with your food,
Sarah is an Italian-Canadian who is passionate about food! In fact, she’s pretty sure either tomato sauce or melted dark chocolate runs through her veins. She loves to spend hours experimenting in the kitchen, watching Food Network or let’s face it, hitting the mall. She strives to have a career she loves, one she’ll never want a break from. This is where her love for teaching and passion for cooking merge into one – hello Food Network cooking show? She has a major sweet tooth and will walk miles for dessert.