Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Strawberry Banana Smoothie Bowl

Hey guys! Today I have a bit of a different post to share with you! Over the past few months I've been trying to get a bit more creative in the kitchen, instead of just sticking to my trusty (and a bit worn out) recipes. I've been sharing a lot of my food creations on Instagram, and getting a lot of inspiration on Pinterest. Today I wanted to share a super easy breakfast recipe with you - a smoothie bowl! I've been drinking smoothies for breakfast for years and years - I even used to work at Booster Juice! - but smoothie bowls are the new hip thing, and I'm jumping on the bandwagon. Why drink it if you can pour it in a bowl and make it look pretty, right?

Strawberry Banana Smoothie Bowl

To start, you'll need a smoothie base. One of my favourites is a mix of 1/3 cup Almond Milk (I use the vanilla flavour because I like things a bit sweeter), 2 frozen bananas, and 1/2 cup strawberries. You can also add a hint of a sweetener like maple syrup, agave nectar, etc. if you wanted an even sweeter base (I'm not judging!). Blend up the ingredients, adding more almond milk if necessary. Then, pour your smoothie into a bowl, and get started on the toppings. Here's were you can really get creative, and add absolutely anything that you wanted! I normally just add whatever fruit we have on hand and that's ripe. This time I went with sliced bananas, kiwi, shredded coconut, chia seeds, and half of a passion fruit. This was actually my first time trying passion fruit, and I'm hooked! They can be a bit tricky to find in Ottawa, but I picked mine up at Produce Depot on Carling Ave. To eat, simple cut the passion fruit in half, and scoop out the gooey seeds!

Strawberry Banana Smoothie Bowl

I'm also pretty new to the world of chia seeds, but I've been reading up on this little seed, and I'm making a point of adding it into more of my foods. Chia seeds have been shown to help boost energy, stabilize blood sugar, aids digestion and support healthy cholesterol (source), and they really don't taste like much in the smoothie bowl. 

Strawberry Banana Smoothie Bowl

Have you ventured into the world of smoothie bowls? I love how you can add on whatever toppings you have on hand, and the end result is always delicious! What combination should I try out next?

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