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Health benefits of smoothie bowls and recipes to try

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Are you someone who is big on smoothie bowls, or are you yet to try them out? Whatever may be the case, these recipes will make you a fan for sure!

Have you ever wondered what a smoothie bowl is, and how it has flooded the internet in the blink of an eye? Well, a smoothie bowl is basically a smoothie that is much thicker in consistency, and eaten from a bowl (hence, the name “smoothie bowl”). They are usually loaded with toppings of your choice, which includes something as soft as a banana to anything that is as crispy as granola, nuts or seeds. Smoothie bowls are simple, easy and quick to prepare, can be made colourful and flavourful, and are a healthy choice of breakfast to start your day with. 

The main ingredients of a smoothie bowl are frozen or fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables and other healthier choices of toppings such as fruits, nuts, seeds, coconut shavings, granola and more.

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Smoothie bowls can keep your hunger pangs at bay. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
What makes smoothie bowls healthy?
  • These are rich in micro and macronutrients 
  • These bowls are in pureed form, which makes it easy to eat and digest
  • They are packed with nutrients such as fibre, protein, carbohydrates and healthy fats, each of which is obtained from fruits or vegetables, dairy or plant-based dairy, nuts and seeds
  • As smoothie bowls are rich in fibre and natural sugars, they allow better digestion, improve satiety, and allow better absorption of all nutrients
  • They also help with bowel movements, prevent infections, boost immunity as well as maintain a healthy heart and improve the quality of life
How can you make smoothie bowls interesting‌‌?

Smoothie bowls are not just colourful and attractive to see, but also taste fantastic with a pop of flavours and goodness of crunchy toppings. A trick that can be used at home is to simply add fruits and vegetables, while making your smoothies! These can be consumed by adults including pregnant and lactating women, and children as they are healthy and consist of natural sources of ingredients, which are safe for all individuals. 

They are also packed with energy and work as a great way to kickstart your day. Adding a vitamin C rich fruit such as berries or a dash of lemon juice will also help boost your immunity. Superfoods such as turmeric, cinnamon, walnuts, etc can also be incorporated in small amounts, as they are power-packed with nutrients which prevent various health conditions.

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How can you resist this BERRY-licious smoothie bowl? Image courtesy: Kavya Santosh

There is a wide variety of toppings to choose from, and they can be used as per your preference for smoothie bowls. These include fruit slices (apple/banana/mango, etc), coconut shavings, grated chocolate, mixed berries/ pistachios/ almonds/ walnuts/ chia seeds/ flax seeds/ pumpkin seeds/ watermelon seeds/ granola/ roasted oats, dates/ honey and more.

Making ‌your favourite smoothie bowl can happen in just two steps, and takes less than five minutes to prepare. You just need to blend all ingredients in a mixer and transfer it to a bowl, and add toppings of your choice.

If you are already making smoothie bowls at home and are bored of the regular ingredients being used, scroll down for more healthy recipes with a twist. 

  1. Mango Kesar Pista smoothie bowl

Ingredients: 

  • 1 big‌‌ or 2 small ripe mangoes (frozen)
  • A pinch of saffron
  • 6-8 pistachios
  • 100 ml milk of your choice

This smoothie bowl is rich in fibre, vitamin C, folate, carotenoid, protein and healthy fats. It helps to prevent constipation, enhances muscle building, reduces the risk of heart conditions and promotes a healthy heart, prevents cancer, improves memory and prevents the risk of infection.

  1. Chocolate smoothie bowl

Ingredients: 

  • 25 g‌‌m oats
  • 1-2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 small frozen banana
  • 100 ml milk of choice
  • 1-2 tsp honey

This smoothie bowl is rich in fibre, potassium, zinc, protein and iron. It prevents constipation, reduces the risk of heart conditions, boosts haemoglobin levels and enhances mood.

  1. A Very Berry smoothie bowl

Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup frozen mixed berries
  • ½ cup g‌reek yogurt
  • 1 small frozen banana
  • 2 tsp honey

This smoothie bowl is rich in antioxidants, potassium, vitamin C, fibre, iron, calcium and probiotics. It prevents infections/ illnesses, boosts the immune system, promotes regular bowel movement and promotes a healthy gut.

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Give this Green bowl a try! Image courtesy: Kavya Santosh
  1. The Green bowl

Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup spinach                                                  
  • 50g oats
  • ½ frozen avocado
  • 1 small frozen banana
  • 75 ml almond milk
  • 25 ml coconut water
  • 2 tsp honey

This smoothie bowl is a g‌‌ood source of omega-3, vitamin E, iron, folate, sodium and potassium. It promotes regular bowel movement, prevents anaemia, helps with blood pressure levels, muscle building and maintains a healthy heart. 

  1. The Sunrise bowl

Ingredients:

  • 1 frozen mango
  • 4-5 pieces pineapple- 4-5ps
  • 2-3 pinch orange zest
  • 1-2 tsp lemon juice

It is rich in fibre, vitamin A, vitamin C and folic acid. The smoothie bowl promotes regular bowel movement, prevents infections/ illnesses, boosts the immune system, and has antimicrobial properties. 

So, go ahead and try one of these recipes and let’s bring a change to improve our way of eating healthy and choosing healthy to ensure a better quality of life.

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