Do you ever wonder who invents new food creations? Whose brilliant minds decide to redesign a food, present it in a new way and generate a new craze? I wonder that a lot. Like for example, who decided to put a smoothie in a bowl and decorate it? It’s brilliant, it’s fun, it’s creative, and it elevates a smoothie from a milkshake-esque drink to a fancy soft-serve-ice-cream-ish food. It makes breakfast fancy, almost decadent when it’s decorated to appeal to the eye as much as the palate. And don’t underestimate the power of visual appeal when it comes to optimizing digestion. Physiologically, when we smell food or begin to think about how delicious it will taste we begin to salivate, which initiates the digestive process. Do a google search of images of smoothie bowls and just see how long before you begin to salivate and feel like you absolutely MUST HAVE a smoothie bowl.
Smoothies or smoothie bowls are a great meal if your digestive system is overtaxed because they provide food that is already broken down so that nutrients are more readily available for easier absorption.
I’m always a bit slow to join the new trend parties, so I’m just beginning to make smoothie bowls, but what I know is if you’re not going to decorate it, don’t bother pouring it into a bowl. Just use your straw and drink it.
I enjoy greens in smoothies, but I can’t seem to enjoy a chocolate smoothie or smoothie bowl that is green. I know that smoothies are a great way to add greens to the diet, but the color that results from combining cacao and leafy greens just doesn’t inspire excitement, and doesn’t look appetizing, therefore does nothing to stimulate my digestive juices. So, instead of leafy greens, when it comes to chocolate, my preferences are zucchini, cauliflower or carrots to add a creaminess to my smoothie or smoothie bowl.
For blueberry smoothies, a beautiful beet will add fiber and folate, manganese, potassium, phosphorous, magnesium, vitamin C and iron, and will hide the leafy greens hide nicely.
Every smoothie bowl should include a source of protein, fiber and fats to support blood sugar balance. Begin with milk or water and add from there. I typically use almond or cashew milk. If you don’t have any milk on hand, just throw ¼ cup of raw cashews and 1 cup water in your blender to make the milk that becomes the smoothie/smoothie bowl base. Yogurt or kefir instead of nut milk can provide food for the good gut bacteria. Coconut yogurt is a good alternative to dairy yogurt for people who have dairy sensitivities.
Start with the avocado, hemp seeds, flax seeds, milk and ice and change it up to make it your own. You may want to add a tablespoon of almond butter. Try replacing the carrot with leafy greens and add some vanilla and perhaps some vanilla protein powder. Use a variety of berries instead of a banana and toss in some cauliflower. Share your creations and tag me on instagram @iamlorimoore.
Chocolate, Banana Smoothie Bowl
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 carrot
- ¼ avocado
- 1 tbsp hemp seeds
- 1 tbsp ground flax seeds
- 1 tbsp raw cacao
- 1 cup almond or cashew milk
- ½ cup crushed ice
- Toss everything into a high speed blender and blend until creamy. Top with strawberry and banana slices, chopped pistachios and hemp seeds.