If Memorial Day weekend didn't feel like the start of summer then flipping the calendar to June this morning sure did. What could be more summery than a giant, refreshing smoothie? Not much if you ask me.
I am pretty obsessed with smoothies. They are my go-to breakfast because I love being able to eat them on the go and having something healthy and easy. I almost always add spinach to them too and there's no other way I'd be happy eating spinach for breakfast!
As much as I love smoothies, I wasn't into smoothie bowls at first--are they a dessert or a breakfast? I also thought they were complicated--first you have to make the base but then the toppings, too? Yesh. Have I talked you out of them yet? Well, this was all before I actually tried one. With my first smoothie bowl, I was hooked and, as you can see from the one above, they don't have to be complicated! The one above is just strawberries, protein powder, and some almond milk--plus the fruit on the top--simple!
What really convinced me on smoothie bowls was the texture boost. When I was younger I couldn't do anything that was just a soft, smooth texture--like pudding or uh smoothies--so the addition of texture is a game changer for me. So, as a topping / ingredient junkie I go totally crazy for all of the extras but you don't have to.
For my latest smoothie bowl, I was feeling the cherry-almond combo. If you're like me, you want your smoothie bowl to be a little thicker than a regular smoothie, so add a bit less milk. For me, the toppings are where it's at. For this one I chose some fresh strawberries and cherries, almond butter, toasted coconut, almonds, pistachios, and dried goji berries and cherries.
The smoothness of the base plus the crunch and chew of the toppings? Swoon. I especially love the crunch, chew, and juice of these combos. The best is experimenting to find the toppings you like best and your favorite combos. Plus, food art is the best kind!
What are your favorite flavor combos? Are you a smoothie bowl convert, too?
Cherry Almond Smoothie Bowl
1/2 banana (or mango)
1/4- 1/2 C frozen cherries
1/4- 1/2 C almond milk
handful of spinach
1/4 tsp almond or vanilla extract
Toppings: pistachios, almonds, toasted coconut, goji berries, dried cherries, almond butter, fresh strawberries and cherries.