Begin with a High Powered Blender: Your blender matters because you want your smoothie to be creamy rather than grainy. I got a Vitamix as a wedding gift, and I find it works best, especially because it has a tamper to push down all the ingredients! I also have a NutriBullet that works pretty well, and is a little more affordable!
Decide on your Creamy Base: Frozen fruit and vegetables work really well to create that creamy consistency without adding the grainy texture of ice. I love freezing super ripe bananas (without the peel) and using that as the base. If you want a low sugar option, you can steam then freeze squash, zucchini or cauliflower. Lastly, frozen avocado would work wonderfully as a base as well. All of those options will grab whatever other flavors you add into the smoothie.
Pick a Flavor Profile: There are so many flavors to choose from! Some ideas are; tropical, berries, chocolate, peanut butter, or greens! If you want to go with a fruity flavor, add a handful of frozen fruit, again try to use frozen vs. fresh just because it'll help to create that creamy consistancy. If you want to go with a chocolate flavor, add some cacao powder and chocolate protein powder. If you're more into the greens, add a handful of spinach or kale along with some greens powder! The options are endless and there's no right or wrong! It's also a fantastic way to get rid of fruits and veggies that are going bad to reduce that food waste.
Choose your Superfoods: Smoothies are a great vessel to add powders and superfoods into your diet. My favorite add-ins are ground flaxseeds, turmeric, collagen and cinnamon. But here's a list of all of the superfoods you could potentially add into your smoothie bows; cacao powder, protein powder, collagen, maca, ashwaganhda, greens powder, matcha, spirulina, black seed oil, chia seeds, flaxseeds or hemp seeds!
Decide on your Liquid: Great choices are Aloe Vera Juice, almond milk, oat milk, coconut milk, hemp milk, macadamia nut milk, or even just water. My favorite thing to do is just a add a dash of flavored liquid then water to thin the smoothie as needed. To get started, add a very small amount of liquid to begin, use a tamper to push down all of the contents. If you find its' not blended, just add a tiny bit more liquid little by little. The biggest mistake is adding too much liquid from the beginning then it becomes too liquidy and theres no going back.
Get Creative with Toppings: Smoothie bowls are all about texture, so since the smoothie itself is creamy think about adding some toppings with crunch. My favorites are granola, cacao nibs and coconut flakes. But here are some other topping ideas: fresh fruit (bananas, strawberries, blueberries), granola, peanut or almond butter, cacao nibs, roasted nuts, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds and hemp seeds!
Hydrating Tropical Green Smoothie Bowl Recipe
1 cup frozen peaches
1 frozen banana
1/2 avocado (fresh or frozen)
2 handfuls of fresh spinach
1 cup of cucumber (frozen or fresh)
2 pitted dates
Splash of ALO Vera pulp juice (with mango) - Here's the exact one I used
Homemade granola - Click here for my simple homemade granola recipe
Add everything into a high powdered blender, use the tamper to blend until smooth.
Add your ingredients to a chilled serving bowl.
Top with your favorite granola, serve immediately.
Here are a few more of my favorite smoothie bowl recipes!
Antioxidant Smoothie Bowl: Frozen banana, frozen mixed berries, frozen cauliflower, almond milk. Topped with granola, chia seeds and coconut flakes.
Green Tropical Smoothie Bowl: Frozen pineapple, frozen peaches, handful of spinach, frozen zucchini, aloe water. Topped with granola, coconut chips, raisins, fresh peaches, almond butter.
Chocolate Banana Smoothie Bowl: Frozen banana, peanut butter, cacao powder, spinach, almond milk. Topped with granola, banana, chia seeds and cinnamon.
Fruity Smoothie Bowl: Frozen banana, frozen strawberries, frozen pineapple, blended with coconut water. Topped with fresh strawberries, coconut flakes, chia seeds and cinnamon.