Is it the "new thing"? Is it too filled with sugar? Is it healthy? These are some of the questions about the new Smoothie Bowl craze. In a nutshell: some recipes are filled with sugar, some are healthy. But taste testers agree: they are all delicious. So how do you weed out the good from the bad, or the healthy from the sugar-filled? Here is our favorite cheat sheet to blend up your best, healthy-ist, most bad-@(# smoothie bowl each morning. Make it delicious, make it healthy.
1. Choose Your Liquid:
Put away that sweetened almond milk. Put it away. Put it away. The orange juice? Well, if you must-- but just a splash. Instead, choose from healthy, naturally or unsweetened options that are not low fat or fat free. We suggest:
- Coconut water or coconut milk
- Unsweetened Almond or soy milk
- Yogurt or milk (if you dairy)
- Carrot juice
2. Add 1-2 Tablespoons of nut butters, fats.
Our favorites are raw almond butter, sunflower seed butter, coconut cream (you know, that fatty stuff from the top of the can), and tahini-- but sometimes a classic taste of peanut butter does good too.
3. Add nuts, grains, seeds, and superfoods now.
4. Choose your fruits.
This might be the best part. Get good quality frozen fruit or fresh fruits. Banana base's are classic, but try our avocado for a low glycemic option or pumpkin puree for some warm-tasting-varieties. Some of our favorite combinations are:
- Mixed berry with banana or avocado
- Acai/coconut cream
5. And Finally:
Put down that boxed granola. Make your own, or find a healthy one at your local grocer. Highly sweetened processed versions of granola in the won't get you to your feel-great goals. These other ones will!
Spoon in. Grub good.