4 August 2017 · posted in food
Yesterday I ate my first ever smoothie bowl in a little health food bar in Antwerp called Munch and I was so inspired by this food trend that I made my own at home today. Like I shared on Instagram earlier (and I share a lot of little bits and stories in my captions, so go follow if you're not doing that already..), I have never really gotten the habit of drinking smoothies. I really like looking at pictures of them on Pinterest because there are endless colour and taste options and they all look delicious but the problem for me with smoothies is that they're.. well, smooth. I am a girl who needs her crunch and drinking a full meal through a straw just doesn't do it for me. I like smoothies well enough, but I would always just end up eating and snacking all through the morning because I hadn't had the feeling that I actually ate something.
Thus, entry of the smoothie bowl. I can't really explain why it's taken me so long to jump on the wagon with this because I've been staring at pictures of the most colourful bowls on Instagram since the beginning of the summer. Some are real works of art, especially the ones with the super trendy dragonfruit balls. Honestly though, I have never seen dragonfruit irl. I know you have to squeeze some lemon on top to make it taste heavenly, all thanks to drooling over bowls on Instagram, but I wouldn't know what it actually tastes like. I literally thought that the dragonfruit was some new way of adding chia seeds to a bowl at first, oops, but you have to admit, it looks very similar! Seems like there is still a lot to learn about the world's amazing food supply.
Recipe: Sweet and sour green smoothie
· 1/2 of a banana
· 1 apple
· 2 handfuls lamb's lettuce
· 1/4 of a cucumber or 2 mini cucumbers
· 1/4 cup lemon juice
· 1 cup of plain Activia probiotic yoghurt
· Add all the ingredients in a powerful blender
· Blend until completely smooth
· Add a little water to get the right consistency if needed
· Serve in a bowl
· Crunchy granola
· Sesame seeds
· Coconut shavings
With toppings you can go all out, for today's one I kept it simple and easy but you can add some fresh fruit, chia seeds, nuts or edible flowers to make it extra pretty! Just make sure that you don't overdo it on the toppings because then your super health power food breakfast will turn into a calorie bomb that you'll not be able to burn off during the day and that is probably the opposite of what you want to achieve.
Honesty requires me to tell you though: even though this smoothie is delicious and this bowls is looking so happy and nutritious and inspiring, I'm not totally converted to this trend just yet. True, adding toppings gives me some crunch, especially the granola, and eating it with a spoon gives me the feeling of an actual meal and I didn't have any cravings to snack for a good few hours after this, but... it feels a little bit like eating baby food or cold soup. I am going to try more variations, colors and combinations and I'll be sharing more on the blog (if I like them of course!) because I really want to give this healthy breakfast trend a shot. Will keep you updated how it goes. (Update on fitness and workouts coming soon too!) Stay healthy and happy my friends, I'm working on doing the same!