Smoothie bowls have been around for quite some time, yet I am JUST now getting into them. I think their “popular” stage was my “eat whatever you feel like” phase, therefore they never sparked my interest. Now that I am a full time professional footballer and have had to take my eating habits a lot more seriously, smoothie bowls have become my ultimate go-to lunch during the week.
If for some reason you are lame and haven’t heard of them, it’s just like it sounds! A bowl with a smoothie base with a bunch of fruit on top. I started eating them regularly as a way to decrease my calorie intake. I had been eating a sandwich every day for lunch as it’s so easy and convenient, but then I was eating too much bread. So, I started to search for another meal that is super easy and quick to make but doesn’t have the high amount of carbs like bread does. The answer? Smoothie bowl!
My favorite thing about the smoothie bowl is how quick they are to make. In under 5 minutes you can have a DELICIOUS meal that is around 200 calories. One of the worst things is to come home from a tough training session and feel like you don’t have enough energy to make a meal. Making a smoothie bowl is effortless. You make a smoothie and cut up some fruit to put on top – super simple.
The key to perfecting a smoothie bowl is to use frozen fruit. When you make a smoothie to drink you often use room temperature or refrigerated items and add some ice if you want to make it chilled. This is fine for drinks as it almost makes a cold juice (super tasty). BUT, you don’t want cold juice sitting in a bowl. What you want is a freezing cold smoothie texture, almost like sorbet. It’s called a smoothie bowl for a reason, not a soup bowl. By using frozen fruit instead, you can ensure you will get that ice-cream-like texture.
So, what all do you need? You can buy bags of frozen fruit in the frozen section at almost any grocery store. I’ve found a mixture of different fruits works best rather than just one specific fruit. My favorite mix to use as a base has been strawberries, pineapple, raspberries and oats. YUM. Grab a glass of milk to add in gradually. If you want a little bit of a sweeter taste you can try using vanilla almond milk. Dump the fruit in the blender and add about half the glass of milk. Blend for 15-20 seconds then add the remainder of the milk. Blend until you have the consistency you would like. Remember, you’re looking for a light sorbet texture.
The other thing I love about these bowls is how versatile they are. If one day you’re feeling bananas, use bananas. And if the next day you hate bananas, choose something different. My favorite fruits to put on top are pineapple, strawberries, bananas, apples and kiwi. You can use one fruit or ten, doesn’t matter. You are the master creator with these fun bowls. Now you know a SUPER easy way to make a low-calorie lunch that’s delicious, while simultaneously getting your daily fruit serving in. Double bonus!! If you try it out on your own, let me know what your favorite mix is 🙂