Welcome to my very first blog post, I thought I’d start by sharing my attempt at making my first smoothie bowl. Now don’t get me wrong I used to make smoothies religiously and take them to work where I would have to spend at least 10 minutes discussing my smoothie ingredients with my colleagues every day. Anyhow I stopped making them for a while, mainly because I got super lazy but also because I would prefer eating raw fruit and veg and smoothies can sometimes increase sugar content levels, which although natural, can still be too much. But I’ve always liked how appealing smoothie bowls look and as they were flooding my Instagram I thought I’d give it a go.
Unfortunately I left my Breville blender at Uni, so I had to go back to basics and used a hand held blender and a jug instead whilst whizzing up a handful of spinach; a handful of strawberries and blueberries; one banana; a teaspoon of Bioglan superfoods green boost powder; half a teaspoon of Manuka honey and half a glass of unsweetened almond milk and a bit of water.
The smoothie did initially end up on the dirty brown side in colour so I added a few more spinach leaves and I could’ve added in half an avocado to make it more thicker (but I already ate an avocado that morning so I chose not to as they are quite fatty). To top the smoothie bowl I added in some more berries, granola, chia seeds and sunflower seeds. This smoothie bowl acts as a great pre-workout meal (protein powders can be added) and to get most of your nutrients and minerals in one sitting.
Smoothie ingredients are endless and there’s so many new and fun ways to experiment, however it’s important to balance out fruit and vegetables in a smoothie as mentioned above, fruit contains a lot of natural sugars. Fruit is great for you but loading your smoothies with just fruit can lead to increasing your blood sugar. Packing in more green vegetables such as spinach, kale or avocados balances out the sugar and they tend to provide more antioxidants whilst Manuka honey is a great alternative to sugar if used sparingly. Seeds and nuts also provide great sources of protein, omegas and fibre and are so diverse but great sprinkled all over a smoothie bowl for that finishing touch and crunch!