Recipe: Berry and Spinach Smoothie Bowl

Who would want to drink a plain old smoothie through a straw when you can put it in a bowl, top it with your favorite fruits and nuts, and eat with a spoon? Any excuse to pile on the toppings is good enough for me. Enter: the smoothie bowl.

Smoothie bowls are the latest rage. The first time I heard of smoothie bowls, and laid eyes on them, was in California a couple of years ago in the form of açaí bowls. Now açaí is not easy to come by in Michigan (though I have heard you can buy frozen açaí pulp at Trader Joes), so I used my favorite smoothie recipe as the base for my smoothie bowl.

Berry Spinach Smoothie Bowl

Ingredients:

1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk (coconut milk works great, too)
1 small banana
1 large handful fresh spinach
1/2 cup frozen mixed berries (my mix had raspberries, blueberries and blackberries)
Toppings such as unsweetened coconut, banana slices, berries, granola, almonds, flax seed

Directions:

Add the first four ingredients (in order listed) to a blender. Blend on smoothie setting for at least 2 minutes until all of the spinach is incorporated and there are no chunks. Pour the smoothie in a bowl. Add toppings of your choice. For the one pictured above, I used slivered almonds, unsweetened coconut, banana slices and homemade granola.

Smoothie bowls are a great breakfast alternative. They are packed with nutrients and this one gets you a serving of leafy greens. The possibilities are endless. Use whatever you have on hand or your favorite smoothie recipe. You could also add protein powder to the smoothie for an extra boost.

What’s your favorite smoothie?

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