My first boyfriend was Chinese. In addition to chow mein, chicken feet and dumplings, he introduced me to bubble tea (yes, my life really does revolve around food). Most likely, I owe my tolerance of chewy smoothies to that honeymoon stage where 13 year old me and lover regularly hung out at game arcades consuming copious amounts of ‘taro pearl milk tea’. However; I’ve learnt the hard way (I made my sister a chewy smoothie) that textured drinks are not everyone’s cup of tea (see what I did there?).
Judging by my Instagram feed, ‘smoothie bowls’ are the latests craze (to be fair, I mostly follow foodies). Unsurprisingly, a smoothie bowl is just that; a smoothie in a bowl (most often, time-consumingly decorated with even more healthy stuff – it seems as if undocumented smoothie bowls have 0-to-no nutritional value). So what’s so special about a smoothie consumed with a spoon rather than a straw? As well as more Instagram ‘likes’, smoothie bowls are genuinely more beneficial for your health:
1. Aid digestion/more satisfaction: as opposed to a regular smoothie which is often consumed on the go: behind the wheel or at a distracted office desk, smoothie bowls are typically enjoyed sitting down, at the table. This aids in mindful eating.
2. Reduces bloating: drinking through a straw may cause excess air to enter your tumtum. Since smoothie bowls are eaten using a spoon, you can still wear your favourite high waisted number without having to suck it in too much!
Ok, enough chit chat. Here’s how to: smoothie bowl.
Pick your base: filtered water, natural juice, milk of choice
Add fruit/veg: I use a mixture of fresh and frozen – frozen fruit/veg give the smoothie an ice-cream-like consistency (who doesn’t love a big bowl of ice-cream for brekkie?!)
Some healthy fats: raw nuts, chia seeds, avocado, nut butter etc
A handful of superfoods: raw cacao, goji berries, coconut, acai, homemade granola, spirulina, pumpkin seeds, maca, hemp seeds etc
A sweetener: (cos let’s face it, these days, hardly any of us are “already sweet enough”) raw honey, pure maple syrup, medijool dates, raw coconut sugar etc
Whizz all ingredients in a high-speed blender until smooth. Pour into a bowl (vital) then decorate with desired toppings for extra crunch.
PS Don’t forget to Instagram your smoothie bowl! Remember; no photo means no nutritional value! X