While looking for smoothie flavor combos on Instagram, I chanced upon smoothie bowls and fell head over heels for them. Not only are they gorgeous to look at and fun to make, smoothie bowls can make your smoothies a lot more filling and nutritious (sometimes in the territory of a full meal) with the addition of fruits, granola, and pretty much anything you fancy! But before diving into a bowl, some smoothie basics.
Here’s a list of ingredients I keep on hand at all times to make a delicious base smoothie:
- Frozen bananas – I cannot tell you how much I adore frozen bananas. For one, it’s the best way to keep bananas before they go bad. Once they’re cut into coins and frozen, you can make everything from banana cream filling to nice cream. Oh, let me tell you all about nice cream in a future post (exciting!!!). In smoothies, they add flavor and all-important volume. And because they’re frozen, they act like ice but unlike ice it won’t melt and eventually water down your smoothie. It’s GENIUS. Other fruits that freeze well are papaya, pineapple, mango, and berries. Papaya and pineapple are a staple for me and these three fruits make up my base smoothie.
- Almond milk – Or whatever kind of milk you prefer. To flavor, fortify, and help loosen things up. Coconut milk is also lovely and lends anything a tropical touch.
- Orange juice – No fake-y powdered/sugary bottled concentrate stuff please. OJ isn’t necessary but I just like flavorful things to loosen stuff. Other good quality fruit juices should also work well as long as it goes with the flavor of your smoothie.
- Plain yogurt – It’s healthy and it adds volume. Also, I’m a bit of a yogurt fiend.
I don’t have a strict recipe that I follow. If I had to think one up, I suppose it would be something like 1 1/2 parts fruit + 1 part almond milk + 1 part yogurt + 1/2 part OJ all whirled in a blender. And then a splash of this and that and water if it’s too thick. Just remember to tip in the liquids first to give the blades of your blender more room to do its thing.
Feel free to experiment with greens to incorporate some veg into your smoothie. Kangkong leaves, spinach, lettuce, malunggay and parsley have worked well for me. You’ll only need a little bit and when done right, it should still taste like a delicious fruit smoothie. When you want to step it up even more, you can supercharge:
Now that we have the smoothie down, it’s all about pouring it into a pretty bowl and getting creative. It’s really that easy! Here’s a berry smoothie I did with a dollop of yogurt, banana, my homemade granola (the best!), and a sprinkling of chia seeds.
A green smoothie with homemade granola, unsweetened desiccated coconut, chia seeds.
My base smoothie with spirulina topped with sliced kiwi, chopped persimmon, homemade granola.
My breakfast a few days ago – base smoothie with homemade granola and blueberries. Mmmm.
They’re absolutely beautiful and I love the added texture and flavor of everything that goes on top. Just be mindful of flavor/color combinations and be gentle when topping your smoothie – you don’t want anything sinking to the bottom! I hope you enjoy making them as much as I do. 🙂
Fun Food Fact: Bananas are the only fruit that contains the amino acid tryptophan and vitamin B6 that help your body produce serotonin – a natural substance that alleviates depression. MARRY ME, BANANA.