The Smoothie Bowl: A Game Changer

The best foods always come in bowls
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Let’s face it: The best foods come in bowls. Changing up your typical morning smoothie from a cup to a bowl opens up the door for endless possibilities. You may be thinking, "Why in the world would I put my smoothie into a bowl?" Let me just tell you one word: toppings. That’s right, I said toppings!

Converting your normal drinkable smoothie into a “spoon-able” one allows for the opportunity to add exciting (yet nutritious) toppings to give your breakfast a little extra pep!

First: Start With the Smoothie Base

  • Choose a liquid that you want to primarily make your smoothie out of. Examples include low-fat dairy milk, almond milk, soy milk, coconut water/milk or yogurt.
  • 1 cup frozen fruit or vegetables
  • ½ cup ice
  • 1 scoop of protein powder
  • 1 tablespoon of cacao powder (if desired)
  • 1 tablespoon of superfood (spirulina, hemp hearts, chia seeds, flax seed, maca powder, nut butter)
  • Don’t be afraid to sneak in a little green! (½ c spinach, kale or chard)
  • Blend!

Next: Add Toppings

The rule of thumb for a complete smoothie bowl is using this combination: fruit, crunch, health booster, sweetener. But it can be altered to your liking! Some example toppings include:

  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Shredded coconut
  • Hemp hearts
  • Sliced fresh fruit
  • Granola
  • Chia seeds
  • Almonds/walnuts

Finally: Enjoy!


Make Your Smoothie Bowl a Little More Personal

To aid in weight loss: Use berries vs. tropical fruits to help cut some of the sugar. Add a healthy fat (avocado or coconut oil) to help with satiety!

For the endurance athlete: Add bananas/beets to help with energy during a long workout. Also, adding soaked oats/quinoa gives it a little extra oomph!

For the breast-feeding mother: Add ground flax seed, soaked oatmeal or fresh ginger root to help increase milk supply!


Ashley Acornley is a clinical and sports dietitian and certified personal trainer with Triangle Nutrition Therapy and one of our Fit Family Challenge nutrition experts.


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