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5 tips for fabulous smoothie bowls

5 tips for fabulous smoothie bowls

If you're a foodie or even follow a few food accounts on Instagram you've probably noted an increase in the number of beautiful smoothie bowls. Smoothies can be a healthful punch of nutrients and a quick energy boost - but when we start turning them into big bowl desserts I recommend sharing ;)

Here are a few tips I came up with to help you create your own delicious (and insta-pretty) bowl!

1. Frozen Banana

I love using frozen banana in my smoothie bowls because it creates a thick sorbet consistency. The banana also acts as a nice natural sweetener. Slice the banana into pieces and freeze for at least an hour. Slicing the banana will be easier on your food processor. The bananas I cut into hearts and add after aren't frozen - and I just carved the shape using a small knife!

2. Think Colours

Food plating is an art of its own. Just like you would coordinate colours in a room think about which colours would compliment each other in the bowl. Try out some different combinations, nature's fruit is a whole spectrum!

3. Edible Flowers

This may be harder to find in a colder climate. I ended up ordering mine online from this website. They add a visually beautiful touch and a floral taste to the bowl.

4. Creative Arrangement

This part is lots of fun. You can pile the stuff on in no particular order or go for a more clean look with lines and patterns. I like to change it up.

5. Seeds, etc

Not only do seeds add a nice visual touch to the bowl but they're also packed with healthy fats and nutrients to balance out the natural sugars. My favourite toppings include pumpkin seeds, almonds, hemp hearts, shredded coconut, chia seeds and ground flax.

Recipes:

Rich Chocolate Bowl

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup of almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon of raw cacao powder

Blend ingredients.

Suggested toppings: Sliced banana, cacao nibs, shredded coconut, almonds, edible dried flowers, raspberries.

Clean Green Bowl

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup of almond milk
  • 1/2 cup frozen pineapple
  • 1/2 cup of spinach

Blend ingredients.

Suggested toppings: Sliced banana, shredded coconut, raspberries and edible dried flowers.

Pink Passion Bowl

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup of almond milk
  • 1 cup frozen raspberries

Blend ingredients.

Suggested toppings: Sliced banana, blueberries, hemp hearts, shredded coconut, pumpkin seeds and edible dried flowers.

Tropical Mango Bowl

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup of almond milk
  • 1 cup of frozen mango

Blend ingredients.

Suggested toppings: Sliced banana, strawberries, raspberries, chia seeds, shredded coconut and edible dried flowers.

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