Cold, creamy and thick enough to be eaten with a spoon, this nutrient-dense smoothie bowl packs a powerful punch into your morning routine. But don’t limit it to just breakfast. Smoothie bowls make great snacks and desserts, too!
If you aren’t familiar with smoothie bowls, the basic idea is to make a thicker smoothie and then top it with nutritious, game-changing ingredients like hemp seed, cacao nibs, goji berries, chopped nuts, sliced fruit/berries and whole grain cereals.
The options are truly endless so go with what YOU like! Below are some suggestions to get you started.
Fruit/Vegetables: Frozen fruits work best but you can also use fresh (just add a bit of ice). Spinach, kale, beets, zucchini and pumpkin are great options! One ½ cup serving of LIBBY’S® 100% Pure Pumpkin gives you more than 100% of daily value of Vitamin A – which may protect the body from free radicals and help support vision, heart and lung health. Good to know, right?
Liquids: Smoothie bowls don’t require a lot of liquid, just enough to make it easy enough to blend. Think evaporated milk, almond milk, soy milk and coconut milk – all great options!
Protein/Good Fats: Flax meal, avocado, nuts, nut butters, coconut oil and protein powder add nutrition and consistency to smoothie bowls.
Toppings: Toasted nuts,whole grain cereals, hemp seeds and chia seeds add a nice crunch. Fresh and dried fruits add a pop of color and touch of sweetness. Be mindful about how many toppings you use – the calories can add up! One to two tablespoons (total) per serving is plenty.
Get ready to fuel your body and satisfy those taste buds!
Ingredients for 3 servings (about ¾ cup per serving):
2/3 cup (5 fluid-ounce can) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Fat Free Milk
1/2 banana, sliced and frozen
1 cup frozen mixed berries
2 cups fresh spinach
1 cup fresh kale
1 tablespoon flax meal
Topping suggestions: lowfat granola, toasted coconut, hemp seeds, chia seeds, toasted almonds
The base for this recipe consists of mixed berries, banana, fat free evaporated milk, spinach, kale and flax meal (pictured above).
Place evaporated milk, banana, berries, spinach, kale and flax meal in food processor or heavy-duty blender; cover.
Process until thick and creamy.
Divide between bowls. Top each with desired toppings.
Here’s a quick tip about the greens: freeze your fresh spinach and kale, and then just crumble into your food processor or blender container. I usually purchase bagged prewashed spinach and kale and put the entire bag in the freezer. If you are short on freezer space, divide the greens into smaller, single-serve portions and freeze in zip-top bags or covered containers.
Nutrition Facts per serving (about 3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon of topping):
Calories: 130, Calories from Fat: 15, Total Fat: 1.5g (3% of DV), Saturated Fat: 0g (0% of DV), Cholesterol: 0mg (0% of DV), Sodium: 130mg (5% of DV), Carbohydrates: 25g (8% of DV), Dietary Fiber: 4g (16% of DV), Sugars: 14g, Protein: 7g, Vitamin A: 110% of DV, Vitamin C: 80% of DV, Calcium: 20% of DV, Iron: 8% of DV
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Have a great week!
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