Self-Care Challenge (Day 186): Blending a Smoothie Bowl

Smoothie bowls–the newest iteration of the beloved smoothie–have become quite popular these days.

berries atop a smoothie bowlAfter seeing countless beautiful images of these decorated bowls of goodness within my Pinterest and Facebook feeds, I decided it was time to try it out myself.

I’m a bit of a spontaneous smoothie maker, typically using whatever I have on hand. Yesterday, I had six different varieties of berries, so breakfast got interesting. 

For the smoothie itself, I added plain Greek yogurt (Fage is my fave), kale, ice cubes, a splash of milk, a banana and a few berries to my Vitamix. Then I topped the mixture with flax seeds, walnuts, blueberries, shaved coconut, raspberries, blackberries and granola.

It was a lot of fun arranging the toppings in rows–red, white and blue in observation of Independence Day.

Thankfully, it tasted pretty good too. The fusion of sweet, tangy and nutty, along with a variety of textures was quite enjoyable. And, since I added a few protein-rich ingredients (yogurt, seeds and nuts), it was a relatively balanced meal that left me feeling full for several hours afterward. 

As a registered dietitian/nutritionist, I like the idea of smoothies much more than juicing. By using the entire fruit (or vegetable), smoothies retain both nutrients and fiber. Juices typically leave the fibrous components behind.

What are your favorite smoothie concoctions? 

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