For a relaxed and fresh start to the day (especially great for a leisurely weekend brunch), enjoy our Sunshine Smoothie Bowl. Packed with colourful fruits, healthy fats, protein to satisfy, and being oh so pretty, it’s a lovely way to kickstart your day. It’s basically a thick smoothie (so thick that you can eat it with a spoon!) and topped with all sorts of delicious extras to add flavour, texture and nutrition! As we head into the warmer months, we often feel like lighter options that nourish us…so this smoothie bowl really hits the mark. If you’re looking for other ways to enhance your nutrition and wellbeing, we have a quick 21 day positive reset (21 positive nutrition actions to add to your life over 3 weeks) – check out our 21 Day Nutrition Reboot here.
Our Sunshine Smoothie Bowl uses frozen, tropical fruit like banana, mango, pineapple and passionfruit along with some milk and yoghurt for the base. Top with whatever crunchy and juicy additions you like – we added coconut flakes, almonds, chia seeds and fresh New Zealand orange chunks to ours.
To make it more filling and satisfying, you can add in some protein powder, milk powder or Complan/Vitaplan to the smoothie base if you want…but make sure you add loads of goodness on top regardless. Different nuts (chopped Brazil nuts, flaked almonds, cashew nuts or pistachios), seeds (sunflower, sesame, chia, pumpkin or linseeds), fruit, granola or muesli, and nut butter are all great toppings; the choice is yours! Plus these toppings add in protein, healthy fats and fibre to fill us up and help stabilise blood glucose levels for sustained energy. Boom!
Sunshine Smoothie Bowl – serves 1
1/2 frozen banana (peel and chop a banana, and pop in the freezer overnight)
3/4 cup frozen fruit (we used a topical smoothie mix with mango, pineapple and passionfruit)
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup Greek yoghurt
Toppings – coconut flakes, almonds, chia seeds, orange chunks
Puree together the banana, fruit, milk and yoghurt in a blender until a smooth puree forms. You can reduce the milk for a thicker smoothie bowl if you like, but the blender will find this harder to do! Pour into a bowl and top with the toppings. Dig in before it melts and turns to a drink.
Other Smoothie Bowl ideas:
Use frozen berries instead of tropical fruit for a delightfully pink bowl, and top with almonds, cashews, chia seeds, fresh strawberries/raspberries/blueberries.
Add 1 and 1/2 frozen bananas (omit the 3/4 cup frozen fruit) along with the milk and yoghurt to the smoothie base, and top with dollops of nut butter, chopped nuts and cacao nibs or chocolate chips for a “nutty-choco-nana” smoothie bowl!
Add a handful of spinach leaves, 1/4 of an avocado and a whole frozen banana to the smoothie base instead of the 3/4 cup of frozen fruit for a mean green, lower sugar smoothie bowl machine.
Feel free to add in matcha powder, chia seeds, nut butter etc to the smoothie base if you want, there are no hard and fast rules about what must go in!
We’ve got other fresh recipes over in our Shop too, our Spring Meal Plan includes recipes for Berry Smoothie Bowls, Chia Pudding, Nutty Bircher Muesli, Smoked Salmon and Eggs on Grain Toast, along with even more recipes and ideas for lunches, dinners and snacks. Check it out over here if fresh ideas are what you need to get out of a cooking rut!