SUPER GREEN SMOOTHIE BOWL

Just about everyone has enjoyed a smoothie at least once in their lives. These super-food drinks are packed with vitamins and minerals, easy to mix up, pour into a glass and start chugging. But who says smoothies have to be served in a glass? We introduce you to... the smoothie bowl.

Yes friends, smoothies not only broke the rules when they combined veggies like kale with fruit like pineapple; now they are being consumed in some of the most unconventional ways.

We found this month's recipe on a blog called MinimalistBaker.com, run by a food stylist and photographer named Dana. Dana is also the author of books entitled "Food Photography School" and "31 Meals Cookbook".

Dana took smoothies to a whole new level, serving them in bowls and adding nutritious toppings like berries and granola. She explains on her blog, "The basic idea, in my opinion, is to make a slightly thicker, more nutritionally dense smoothie (with things like avocado and nut butter) and then top it with some game-changing ingredients, like coconut, hemp seeds, granola, nut butters etc."

Here's the recipe for Dana's Super Green Smoothie Bowl for those of you who just can't wait to try this new and inventive twist on the traditional smoothie.

SUPER GREEN SMOOTHIE BOWL

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2

Ingredients

  • ¼ ripe avocado
  • 2 medium ripe bananas, previously sliced and frozen
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen mixed berries (organic when possible) – Use
  • Strawberries or raspberries for a greener smoothie, darker berries for a purple
  • smoothie
  • 2 large handfuls spinach (organic when possible)
  • 1 small handful kale (organic when possible)
  • 1 ½ - 2 cups unsweetened non-dairy milk (will depend on if your berries are
  • frozen)
  • 1 TBS flax seed meal
  • Optional: 2 TBS salted creamy almond or peanut butter

Suggested Toppings

  • Roasted unsalted sunflower seeds
  • Granola
  • Raw or roasted nuts (almonds, pecans, walnuts, ect.)
  • Shredded unsweetened coconut
  • Fresh berries
  • Hemp seeds
  • Directions

Add all smoothie ingredients to a blender and blend until creamy and smooth. Add more almond milk (or water) to thin.

Taste and adjust flavor as needed, adding more ripe banana (or maple syrup) for added sweetness, more spinach for a bright green hue, or almond milk for creaminess.

For the green smoothie I used strawberries, which let the green color come through more. For the purple bowl I used darker berries (raspberries, blackberries, blueberries).

Divide between 2 serving bowls and top with desired toppings!

Best when fresh, though leftovers can be kept in jars in the fridge for up to 1-2 days.

And there you have it; a smoothie in a bowl. Just goes to show you that the possibilities are endless when it comes to nutritious, organic, wholesome foods. Eating healthy doesn't have to be boring. Mix things up a bit every once in a while!

We'd love to know what you thought of this recipe as well as what mix-ins you tried that either worked or didn't work for you. Feel free to leave us a message in the comments below and tell us what you think.