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How to Make the Perfect Smoothie Bowl

By Sarah & Elizabeth from Kiwi & Carrot

Everyone loves a good smoothie. They’re a refreshing, portable treat you can feel good about slurping! But sometimes, you crave something with a little more crunch and texture. Enter the smoothie bowl. If you haven’t dabbled in the smoothie-with-a-spoon concept yet, you’ve probably at least seen these decorated bowls of goodness on Instagram or Pinterest. They’re a popular item right now, and after you’ve tried one, you’ll know why.

Smoothie Bowls are simple. They’re basically an extra-thick smoothie eaten from a bowl and adorned with glorious toppings like crunchy granola, fresh fruit, nut butter and coconut shreds. If you’re a regular juice-bar-goer, you know that Nekter and Jamba Juice can make a mean smoothie bowl; however, your wallet and daily-sugar allowance will pay dearly. Luckily, smoothie bowls are easy to make at home! Here are the basic steps to making a delicious and healthy smoothie bowl in your own blender.

*Directions: Pick 1-2 items from each category. Mix everything in a blender, pour in a bowl, cover with toppings and enjoy with a spoon!

Smoothie-Bowl

*A few tips: Smoothie bowls are best when they’re nice and thick! Use frozen fruit and start with a smaller amount of liquid, then add until desired consistency is reached. If you still need to thicken the consistency, simply add a handful of ice cubes.

Some of Kiwi and Carrot’s favorite smoothie bowl recipes:

Smoothie-Chocolate

Chocolate Protein Smoothie Bowl

*serves 1

1 frozen banana

Almond milk (start with ½ cup and add more if needed until desired consistency is reached)

½ cold, ripe avocado

1 Tbsp. peanut butter

1 scoop chocolate protein powder (can substitute ½ Tbsp. cocoa powder)

Ice cubes if needed

Topping ideas: sliced bananas, raspberries, cacao nibs, unsweetened shredded coconut

Green-Smoothie

Mango Mint Green Smoothie Bowl

*serves 1

½ frozen banana

1 cup frozen mango chunks

½ cold, ripe avocado

Coconut milk (start with ½ cup and add more if needed until desired consistency is reached)

2 cups spinach

2 heaping Tbsp. fresh mint

Ice cubes if needed

Topping ideas: fresh kiwi, hemp/chia seeds, unsweetened shredded coconut

Smoothie-Berry

Blueberry Bliss Smoothie Bowl

*serves 1

1 ½ cup frozen blueberries

½ frozen banana

Juice of ½ orange

Almond milk (start with ½ cup and add more if needed until desired consistency is reached)

5-6 strawberries (fresh or frozen)

Ice cubes if needed

Topping ideas: edible flowers, orange zest, granola, almond butter

Smoothie bowls can be enjoyed at any time of the day. Breakfast, lunch, a snack or even dessert! (Think chocolate and peanut butter or coconut and nutella…) Next time you’re tempted to grab your wallet for a frozen treat, grab your blender instead and whip up a Homemade Smoothie Bowl!

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