Wednesday, 9 March 2016

200 Best Smoothie Bowl Recipes

200 Best Smoothie Bowl Recipes
By Alison Lewis

Trade Paperback, 240 Pages

I have an angel on one shoulder and a starving demon on the other. I try to keep them both fairly happy.

Eating healthy makes me feel good and makes me feel like I am doing good. Which makes me feel good. But I love sweets too, especially ice cream. I have no off switch for ice cream.

But what if I filled that craving with a smoothie bowl?

I know what you are thinking, I was thinking it too. What the heck is a smoothie bowl? And how does it differentiate from a regular smoothie in a glass?

Smoothie bowls are thicker and heartier, more likely to fill you up and satisfy your hunger. They are also perfect for adding toppings, increasing your health factor and giving you the satisfaction of chewing your smoothie bowl creation. They can also be very visually appealing, increasing the wow factor at the table.

Smoothie bowls come in flavour combinations to suit any palate, young and not so young, and can be adapted for any dietary needs.

They are extremely popular for breakfast, but I like them for dessert. A great addition to the repertoire.

From the Back Flap:

Enjoy an easy and energizing smoothie bowl any time of the day

Smoothie bowls are hugely popular for good reason — they’re a perfect way to add fresh fruits, superfoods and protein to your diet. Adding a smoothie bowl to your morning routine guarantees a great start to your day, and they’re not just for breakfast — they can be enjoyed anytime you need a refreshing, filling and healthy meal or a satisfying dessert.

Whether your smoothie bowl is packed with fruit, leafy greens or nuts, or has a base of coffee or tea, you’ll be sure to find a recipe perfectly suited for you in this collection of 200 refreshing choices. Each recipe features suggested topping options for added color, texture and crunch, taking your meal to a whole new level.

Here’s just a small sample of Alison’s sumptuous smoothie bowl recipes:
• Frosty French Toast
• Kiwi Kale Bowl
• Pumpkin Ginger Bowl
• Antioxidant Smoothie Bowl

These thick, creamy and delicious smoothie bowls will quickly become a welcome addition to your daily routine.


Peanut Butter Cup
If your kids like peanut butter and chocolate, they’ll be huge fans of this recipe!

1⁄4 cup    sweetened vanilla-flavored almond milk     60 mL
  
2 tbsp    unsweetened cocoa powder    30 mL
1    frozen banana, cut into pieces if necessary 1
1⁄2 cup    peanut butter    125 mL
4    ice cubes    4

Suggested Toppings
    Unsweetened cocoa powder
    Sliced banana
    Mini chocolate chips

1.    In blender, combine almond milk, cocoa powder, banana, peanut butter and ice. Secure lid and blend (from low to high if using a variable-speed blender) until smooth.
2.    Pour into a bowl or bowls and top with any of the suggested toppings, as desired.


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Pomegranate Tea Bowl
Pomegranate juice, tea and strawberries all contain antioxidants, so this smoothie bowl is healthy as well as delicious!

Tip
If you can’t find pomegranate-flavored tea, you can substitute any berry-flavored tea.

1⁄4 cup    brewed pomegranate-flavored tea, chilled  60 mL
  
1⁄4 cup    unsweetened pomegranate juice     60 mL
1 tbsp    liquid honey    15 mL
11⁄2 cups frozen strawberries    375 mL
    Ice cubes (optional)

Suggested Toppings
    Sliced strawberries
    Pomegranate seeds
    Goji berries
    Muesli
    Chia seeds

1.    In blender, combine tea, pomegranate juice, honey and strawberries. Secure lid and blend (from low to high if using a variable-speed blender) until smooth. If a thicker consistency is desired, add ice, one cube at a time, and blend until smooth.
2.    Pour into a bowl or bowls and top with any of the suggested toppings, as desired.


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Superfood Smoothie Bowl
With all these fabulous superfoods, this tastes like health in a bowl.

Tip
If you use frozen raspberries, you may not need any ice.

1⁄4 cup    water    60 mL
2 tsp    liquid honey    10 mL
1    frozen banana, cut into pieces     if necessary 1
1 cup    pineapple chunks (fresh or frozen)     250 mL 
   
1 cup    trimmed baby spinach leaves    250 mL
1⁄2 cup    raspberries (fresh or frozen)    125 mL
1⁄2 cup    chopped celery    125 mL
    Ice cubes (optional)

Suggested Toppings
    Sliced banana
    Chopped pineapple
    Raspberries
    Granola
    Ground flax seeds (flaxseed meal)

1.    In blender, combine water, honey, banana, pineapple and spinach. Secure lid and blend (from low to high if using a variable-speed blender) until smooth. Add raspberries and celery; blend until smooth. If a thicker consistency is desired, add ice, one cube at a time, and blend until smooth.
2.    Pour into bowls and top with any of the suggested toppings, as desired.


Courtesy of 200 Best Smoothie Bowl Recipes by Alison Lewis © 2016 www.robertrose.ca Reprinted with publisher permission. Available where books are sold.