Smoothie Bowl

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Smoothies are a great way to get fruit in to your diet, and there are so many different flavour combinations, that you can never get bored. I know there are some people that don’t see a smoothie as a meal, but my smoothie in a bowl is a filling and balanced meal that is packed full of deliciousness.

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Don’t smoothies always get served in a glass? They don’t have to! Look how much nicer they look when they are put in to a bowl and you get to eat it with a spoon too. Less chance of spilling it down yourself then (no? just me?).

I like serving them in a bowl as you get to add some extra ingredients on top too. If you are getting in to healthy eating, then making your food look appealing it as important as it tasting good. “The first bite is with the eye” is a bit of a cliché, but it is true. When I first started losing weight, I made me food look as visually appealing as I could to prove to myself even more that it was better for me than a bland grey ready meal.

You can make this with any of the smoothie ingredients that you usually use. I do this with my green smoothies as well (the ones with spinach and kale in them). I usually add some homemade peanut butter on top too, but I had run out.

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Before we get to the recipe, I wanted to let you know about a new gadget that I have in my kitchen – the Optimum 9400 Blender from Froothie. My old blender has served me very, very well. I use it every day, usually multiple times a day. but it started cracking and it was time to throw it away. It also wasn’t the most powerful blender in the world and struggled with things like nut butter, so I was exited to try something much more powerful. I have had this for a few months now, but I have held off from telling you all about it until I had enough time to try lots of different things in it.

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Most of you have probably heard about the Vitamix Pro, however the Optimum 9400 is actually more powerful and not only that, but you can a 30 day money back guarantee if you are not happy with it. In my opinion, the price of it is great value, as it is cheaper than the Vitamix and with things like blenders, you get what you pay for. If you use it a lot, like me, then investing in a really good quality one is important, as you don’t want it to break after a few uses.

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I have made a lot of different things in my blender, like smoothies, nut milk, nut butter, dressings, sauces, dips and pastes and it has worked perfectly. It gets everything really, really smooth too – which is what you want if you are making your own nut butters. Think how expensive it is to buy clean nut butters. Making your own will save you so much money in the long run, so investing in a good blender like this is definitely worth it in my opinion. Keep a look out on the blog, as I am going to be giving one of these away very, very soon! So make sure you have signed up to my mailing list above to be updated when the competition goes live.

Ingredients – Serves 1:

- 1 banana

- 5 strawberries

- 10 blueberries

- 230ml/1 cup almond milk (you can use any milk)

- 2 tbsp oats

- 1 tbsp Chia seeds

- 1 tbsp coconut

What are your favourite smoothie ingredients? Leave a comment below!

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Nutritional Information – for 1 person:

Calories: 303

Fat: 11

Carbs: 45

Protein: 6

Fibre: 12

 

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Here are some other smoothie recipes for you to take a look at:

Mango and Lemon Smoothie by Fish Fingers For Tea

Quick Breakfast Smoothie by Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary

Lunchtime Boost Smoothie by A Mummy Too

Chocolate Hazelnut Spread Green Smoothie by Fuss Free Flavours

Pineapple, Coconut and Lemongrass Smoothie by Franglais Kitchen

Apple, Grape and Kiwi Quencher by Fab Food 4 All

Apricot Melba Smoothie by Tinned Tomatoes

*This blender was sent to me for free, however all opinions are my own. This post also contains an affiliate link*

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  1. says

    Wow the smoothie looks so pretty! Love the aesthetics. The blender sounds amazing as well. We have a Kenwood one that is sort of ok…

    • Dannii says

      We had a kenwood for years and the only reason it broke is just from overuse. We used it several times a day, but it served us well :)

  2. says

    That smoothie looks so pretty. My favourite one is with frozen banana (I slice them before I freeze them to help them blend quicker), frozen cherries, frozen blueberries, soya or almond milk, and a little acai powder, then topped with some muesli. Reminds me of our holiday to Hawaii as lots of cafes served acai bowls like that.

  3. says

    This looks right up my street! I LOVE smoothie bowls!! You can get loads of fab toppings on them!
    This looks really delicious! The blender looks great too!

    • Dannii says

      I am the same, as it doesn’t really feel like a meal if I drink it. I find having it in a bowl like this is much more filling.

  4. says

    I need a new blender. I haven’t seen that one before. Looks really nice.
    I love the idea of having your smoothie in a bowl. Funny thing happened to us. I took my kids to a frozen yogurt shop last week. Completely unaware their first 2 machines were yogurt smoothies not frozen yogurt. My daughter accidentally poured smoothie into her bowl and loved it. I love your strawberry blueberry combination :D

  5. says

    Just found your blog and I have to say I like what I see! I think I will try a smoothie bowl for breakfast tomorrow morning after my run. Looking at all your recipes is making me hungry now so I will check things out more thoroughly tomorrow! Can’t wait to see more!

  6. Michelle says

    I love the colour. I am off to look at more of your breakfast recipes now, as that is somewhere that I struggle.

  7. says

    I don’t like typical smoothies, the texture of them- watery and lumpy and just bleurgh! But this… this I could deal with I think… If I didn’t blend it too smooth it could be eaten with a spoon. I just can’t drink smoothies! Hahaha!

  8. says

    I semi refuse to make a smoothie because it will never be as awesomely beautiful as other people’s, most specifically yours. Please come and style my food at all times? thanks!

    • Dannii says

      I have only recently started having them, but I love them! You should try my healthy chocolate pudding that uses them.

    • Dannii says

      Blueberries are probably my favourite fruit at the moment. I am making the most of them before they become expensive.

  9. says

    I love blueberries and they are one of the healthiest things you can put in your mouth. I’m growing my own to save some money and can’t wait to start making smoothies and juice with them

    Take care

    Dawn

    • Dannii says

      We tried growing them last year, but they just didn’t take. I will definitely be trying to grow them again next year.

  10. says

    1 cup soy milk, 1 frozen banana, 2 T. ground flax seed meal, 1 T. wheat germ, 2T. brewer’s yeast, 1 T. sunflower seeds, 1 t. sesame seeds, bit of blackstrap, & any other fruit or whatever you want to add, too fine way to start the morning, especially if you’ve had a few the night before, clean the system out for the new day :-)” Soy Smoothie” Cheerio y’all

    • Dannii says

      Porridge doesn’t have to be boring! I shall be doing a post when Autumn hits on 20 ways to make porridge more exciting.

    • Dannii says

      It depends what is in the bowl. If I add some nut butter and enough oats and seeds, then it is a full meal. If I just have a smoothie in a glass and it is just fruit, then I will have some eggs with it too.

    • Dannii says

      It is a seed that is rich in omega-3 acids. You can get them in all health food shops, but a lot of supermarkets are starting to sell them too.

  11. Emily says

    It’s kind of like a fruit soup :) I think this might be a good way to get my kids to eat more fruit, as they eat vegetables, but it is fruit they are fussy with for some reason.

    • Dannii says

      I am guessing you are in Australia? It is summer here, although you wouldn’t think it today – we have storms.