Smoothie bowls are smoothies meant to be eaten with a spoon. They have an advantage over drinkable smoothies in that they’re better chewed, salivated and absorbed. This is valuable because it allows carbohydrate digestion to begin in the mouth.
In a bowl, with various toppings nicely arranged, they look great and give you a powerful start to the day. Skillfully combined, they provide plenty of chlorophyll, antioxidants and more.
But be careful – there are a few common mistakes!
Wild ingredients and topping tips circulate on the internet. From maple syrup to peanut butter to chocolate, smoothie bowls, which we associate with being healthy, are praised. ‘SMOOTH’ means soft and creamy. But should everything that can be blended into a creamy consistency be allowed here?
Unfortunately, no. If you want to treat yourself to something healthy and nutrient-rich with a smoothie bowl, you’d do well to consider the following tips.
Valuable tips for your smoothie bowls:
- It’s best to have your smoothie in the morning as your first meal, so your body can absorb the nutrients in the most efficient way possible. If you consume smoothies during the day, always do so on an empty stomach, they should not be part of a meal. Smoothies digest quickly and fusel alcohol will form if they’re on top of a heavy meal or combined with various ingredients.
- Therefore, we don’t recommend adding high-fat, high-protein or high-starch ingredients to a smoothie. These ingredients require much longer digestion than leafy greens and ripe fruits, making it more difficult for the digestion and absorption of nutrients in the small intestine. They slow down the digestion of the fructose and it can ferment and cause bloating.
- You can find everything about optimal food combinations >> HERE.
- Remember to salivate your smoothie bowl, rather than quickly swallowing every spoonful. You can find all the benefits of chewing >> HERE.
- Seeds from apples and citrus fruits can be used as well. They’re nutrient-rich, contain unsaturated fatty acids and have antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and germicidal properties. Apple seeds are rich in amygdalin, also called vitamin B17, which has anti-carcinogenic effects.
- Toppings like a pinch of shredded coconut, hemp seeds, chia seeds or a few nuts are okay.
GREEN SMOOTHIE BOWL
for 2 servings
- 2 handfuls leafy greens (kale, parsley, mint, microgreens, etc.)
- 1 banana
- 1 apple
- ½ lemon
- Toppings: a little banana, apple, hemp seeds, etc.
- Put everything together in the blender and blend on high for just under 1 minute.
- Pour smoothie into a bowl or a slightly wider glass.
- Arrange nicely with banana, apple and hemp seeds
2 bananas, 150g frozen blueberries, fresh or thawed blueberries as topping and a pinch of shredded coconut.
Have you heard of the Heavy Metal Detox Smoothie Bowl according to Anthony William?
You can learn the background and find the recipe >> HERE.
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