Have you ever had a smoothie bowl? I had my first one early last year and I really enjoyed it. My kids always eat their smoothies with spoons rather than sipping them anyway, so naturally they love smoothie bowls. It’s one more way I can help them enjoy a healthy breakfast and start their day off right.
Because I’m always on the go, I tend to drink my smoothies standing up or in between emails and taking kids to school. A smoothie bowl gives me a chance to sit down and really enjoy my breakfast. I think that’s how it should be and I’d like to do more of that this year. Breakfast is, after all, the most important meal of the day! And by the way, we eat smoothie bowls for lunch and dinner too.
Basically smoothie bowls are just slightly thicker smoothies. They don’t have to be, but that’s how we like them at our house. The toppings are optional, but as I said, it makes it a lot of fun and everyone can build their own. Mine always include nuts and coconut shreds. My kids prefer more diced fruit and honey on top. The granola gives it a nice crunch.
It took me awhile to like kale in smoothies, so if you’re the same way, totally swap out the kale for a leafy green you like better. Spinach, collards (flat leaf kale), chard, beet tops, or even a sweet lettuce would work here.
As for the berries, use what you like best. We always have strawberries and blueberries on hand. Fresh and frozen work fine in the smoothie and as the topping. I often use coconut water as the liquid base because it adds a little more nutrition in there. Plus it adds a little natural sweetness too. The chia seeds help it thicken up besides being good for you. If you want, you can soak them in a little extra coconut or tap water before blending. They’ll swell up a bit. I just toss them in most of the time. You could substitute flax seeds if you don’t have chia seeds or don’t like them.
Note – because this smoothie is a little thicker than others, you might need to blend the greens and coconut water separately before adding the other ingredients. Chopping up the kale before placing in the blender will also help. A high speed blender is nice, but a regular blender will work well too. Layering is important for better and smoother blending.
For smoothie bowl:
1 cup coconut water, filtered water, almond milk, or fresh juice
4 large kale leaves, washed well and patted dry (your choice whether or not to remove the stems)
1 large orange, peeled, any seeds removed
1 cup frozen blueberries
1 cup fresh or frozen strawberries
2 Tablespoons chia seeds
diced fruit – berries and/or bananas
drizzle of honey or agave
chopped or sliced nuts
unsweetened coconut shreds
Place the coconut water (or whichever liquid you are using) into the jar of a high speed blender followed by the kale leaves, and remaining ingredients in the order listed. Turn blender on and puree until smooth. For regular blenders, puree kale and coconut water together first before adding other ingredients.
To serve: Divide the smoothie between two large bowls and top with your choice of toppings.
Yield: 2 large or 4 small servings