Berry Smoothie Bowl

Smoothie bowls are on high rotation in my household. But are they actually healthy for you?

Delicious and creamy. Sweet, satisfying, and quick! How healthy are these bowls really?

Smoothie bowls are fruit-based which means while it’s all-natural sugar they can contain far more servings of fruit than you’d typically eat in one sitting. In its blended form, the fructose hits the bloodstream quickly and all at once. All that fructose can spike insulin and get you riding the blood sugar roller coaster.

And because smoothie bowls are carbohydrate-based you can end up hungry again very soon after.

The trick is to make sure there is enough protein, fat, and fibre to balance out the carbs and get a slower release and stable breakdown in the body.  This is why I always recommend including things like nuts, seeds, yogurt, and protein powder to slow down that fast release.

Smoothie bowls topped with lots of fruit are popular and make the bowl look very pretty and Instagram worthy but I try to limit the fruit toppings for more fat and protein-based toppings like nuts, seeds coconut flakes or shreds and my homemade granola.

The same goes for your regular ol’ smoothies like this Choc-Banana Nut Butter Smoothie and Ginger Mint and Green Apple Smoothie. 

In the recipe below you’ll see how I make my smoothie bowls with one of our favourite combinations.

Berry Smoothie Bowl

Brenda Janschek
Prep Time 5 mins
Servings 1

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup your favourite frozen berries or you can replace berries for frozen mango
  • 1 banana, frozen and sliced
  • ¼ cup mixed raw cashews and chia seeds or macadamias and almonds work well too
  • 2 tbsp natural or Greek yoghurt
  • 1 scoop protein powder optional
  • 1/2 cup ice
  • 1/4 cup milk of choice add extra if needed

Toppings

  • 2-3 tbsp homemade granola
  • 1 tbsp coconut flakes or shredded coconut
  • fruit sliced paw paw, banana, berries or your fruit of choice (optional)
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbs peanut butter optional

Instructions
 

  • Blend up nuts and seeds until smooth. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend on low until smooth
  • Serve into bowls with toppings

If you’re looking for more recipe inspiration take a look at my ebook, Easy Wholefood Lunchboxes. It’s packed with 40 delicious nut-free, refined sugar free sweet and savoury recipes which have all been kid-tested and approved and take the guess work out of what delicious, healthy food to make your kids for lunch!

If you make this recipe and share on instagram, remember to tag me @brendajanschek.

Otherwise feel free to pm me your photos via Facebook.

Other recipes you might like are Anti-oxidant Smoothie and Super Smoothie. 

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