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Step into spring with smoothie bowls

By Elizabeth Hall, MS, RDN, LDN Food City Registered Dietitian • Mar 20, 2019 at 12:00 AM

Spring brings warmer weather, greenery, flowers, and of course, seasonal fruits and vegetables! A great way to enjoy fresh, frozen, canned or dried produce is in a delicious smoothie bowl, a trendy way to enjoy a classic smoothie with a spoon and crunchy toppings. Whether you are novice or expert, follow these steps to build a fruit-and-veggie-filled smoothie bowl to meet your #bowlgoals this spring:

Step 1: Choose your fruits and veggies

Most smoothie bowl recipes start with a banana for texture and add additional fruits and vegetables from there. Here are a few theme ideas to get your creative juices flowing:

Tropical Paradise

Go for a tropical theme with mango, pineapple, dragon fruit and avocado for creaminess.

A Walk Through the Forest

If you love berries, a forest fruit theme may be the way to go with strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries. For your vegetable, use frozen cauliflower, which is practically tasteless but adds additional fiber, vitamins and minerals.

A Pop of Color

Let your favorite color inspire you! Create a super-green smoothie bowl with leafy greens and kiwi.

Save Room for Dessert

For a decadent dessert, try a chocolate cherry smoothie bowl using frozen cherries and cocoa powder. Add canned carrots or sweet potato for extra sweetness.

Step 2: Pick a protein

Proteins can range from nut butters and Greek yogurt to protein powders. Try to choose options with less added sugar and at least 7 grams of protein.

Step 3: Add liquid

Options for your liquid include 100 percent fruit juices like orange, pineapple or pomegranate juice, milk or dairy alternatives like almond, soy or coconut milk. Add enough liquid to get the smoothie bowl to your desired thickness.

Step 4: Top with texture

Set your smoothie bowl apart from the rest with yummy toppings. This is your opportunity to add more fruits such as sliced berries or banana or dried cranberries. You can also add whole-grain oats, flax or chia seeds, or dark chocolate chips. You could even top with a fresh herb such as mint, which adds some color and brightness to your flavor profile.

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