Feed Your Body Friday: Green Smoothie Bowl
Nutritious and easy to drink, smoothies are very popular. If you are in a hurry in the morning or are tired of traditional breakfast, a smoothie can be an interesting alternative. Recently, the smoothie bowl has gained a lot of popularity, especially among the younger crowd. And for good reason! It’s a fun, new, creative way to make a smoothie a completely unique experience.
A homemade smoothie bowl will give you lots of energy! What’s great about this it is that the possibilities of combinations are endless. For me, this is often a great way to use the fruits in my fridge or freezer that are overripe. I propose here a green smoothie bowl recipe with bananas, mango, and spinach, but know that the fruits, the milk, and the filling are all interchangeable to your tastes!
The ultimate benefit of green smoothies is that they allow you to consume a lot of green vegetables without realizing it. Indeed, the sweet taste of fruits hides the taste of green vegetables, making them super kid or picky-eater friendly. You’ll barely notice, but the greens also work to counterbalance the sweet taste of fruit: resulting in a perfect flavour balance.
Another benefit of green smoothies is that you can make them year-round because frozen vegetables and fruit work great in smoothies. As long as it’s summer though, of course we recommend using fresh produce! A green smoothie is full of vitamins and fibre, which is not usually the case with simple juices. Since most people don’t consume enough fruits and vegetables, a smoothie is a great way to drink up your nutrition in one shot. Just remember, if you want your smoothie to be a meal replacement (like breakfast), make sure it contains enough protein and a little fat to power you through the morning.
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Freezing Time: 2 hours
Servings: 4 Bowls
For the smoothie:
- 2 bananas, cut into pieces
- 2 cups vanilla almond milk
- 1 cup plain 2% Greek yogurt
- 2 tbsp. ground hemp seeds
- 2 tbsp. maple syrup
- 1 mango, cut into cubes
- 3 cups spinach
- 1 tsp. spirulina (optional)
For the garnish:
- 2 tbsp. blueberries
- 1/2 sliced banana
- 1 tablespoon hemp seeds
- Slice up your bananas. In a bowl, place the banana pieces for the smoothie. Place in the freezer for 2 to 3 hours.
- In a blender, place frozen bananas and remaining ingredients for the smoothie. Blend for 1 minute, until a smooth and creamy texture is obtained.
- Pour the smoothie into 4 bowls. Garnish each serving with blueberries, banana slices, and hemp seeds. (And anything else you’d like!)
It’s true that there is a very big trend behind green smoothies and smoothie bowls, you only have to open Instagram to find thousands of pictures of adorable smoothie bowls. But, it’s not for nothing! In addition to being super cute, smoothie bowls are super good for you and they taste amazing! If you are one of those people who are afraid of green drinks or have had bad experiences with them in the past, your mind is sure to change when you taste this smoothie bowl! I promise you, just because it’s green doesn’t mean it tastes like grass!
The beauty about smoothies is that you don’t really need a recipe. The ingredients and quantities can vary without much problem… Add what you want, and most importantly, what you have on hand to minimize your food waste. The result will be delicious, whatever you decide!