This week’s Smoothie Club recipe was special. After some scheduling issues, I felt the need to do something special for our lovely group of smoothie devotees, so this week, we offered our very first Smoothie Club Smoothie Bowl. Inspired by two recipes from our past adventures together and the immense heatwave we’ve been surviving here in the Bay Area, I thought that today’s smoothie should be both hydrating and uplifting.
Smoothie Bowls — All the Rage
Smoothie bowls are all the rage these days at health food eateries, and even more main stream smoothie shops like Jamba Juice. The idea being that your thick blended beverage is in a bowl instead of a cup, and it’s topped with yummies like granola, nuts, seeds, and fresh fruit. More specifically, Acai Bowls seem to be the most trendy form of smoothie bowls out there right now. You can learn more about this nutritious treat and where to find one here in this HuffPo article.
Interestingly, there’s a good reason to move your smoothie from a cup to a bowl. Chewing. Chewing your food actually activates enzymes in your mouth that aid in the digestive process, thereby helping your body assimilate all the goodness in your bowl. Read more about how and why you should chew your smoothies here on this awesome new health and wellness blog by Andie Kolbeck.
Beat the Heat
Today’s smoothie bowl was inspired by two recipes that we’ve shared previously here at Healthy Me. Beat the Heat and Green Goddess — hence the repeat in name. (Sorry, I wasn’t feeling super creative this morning.)
The base of this bowl was engineered to beat the heat we’ve been feeling outside. It features avocado and coconut water for their hydrating electrolytes and avocado’s high fiber and healthy fats; spinach for its fat-soluble vitamins, minerals, and more fiber; cucumbers for vitamins K, C, B1, and trace minerals; and mint for its many antioxidants and cooling effects.
The toppings we brought to the table today were hemp seed granola, fresh raspberries, kiwi, cashews, pecans, chia seeds (also very hydrating and rich in omega 3 fatty acids), and chopped dates for a touch of sweetness. You can always add your own variety for the toppings — dried coconut, a scoop of almond butter, raw cacao, and so many other treats would also work great in this bowl.
Green Goddess Smoothie Bowl
- ½ Cucumber
- ¼ Lime (juice)
- 1 or 2 sprigs mint
- ¼ large or ½ small avocado
- Big fistful spinach
- Coconut water
- Unsweetened almond milk
- Pinch of stevia (OPTIONAL)
- Ice (OPTIONAL)