While my usual smoothies come in the form of Mason jars + a straw as I rush out the door to get to work in the mornings, on the weekends I like to take my time and get a little fancay with them.
And while the recipe for these smoothie bowls is super simple, the decoration plays a big part in actually enjoying them!
They say we eat with our eyes first, so I like making my smoothie bowls extra appealing, especially when it’s “for the gram”. For those left in the dark here, urban dictionary of “for the gram” = going to great lengths to capture an awesome photo for the sole purpose of posting it on instagram.
So, basically my life as a blogger summed up in one sentence. 🙂
Smoothies seem to be a way of life for me these days. I like to think that I’m always cautious in choosing the ingredients that go into them, to try and keep the sugar levels down.
The trick with smoothies is making sure they don’t become sugar traps!
A lot of the juice stands or food-court juice bars offer smoothies that are often just that, sugar traps. And whether there’s added sugar or not, it’s so easy to just start tossing in tons of different fruits to add flavour and texture, but more often than not, the first thing going up in count is the sugar.
A great way of balancing out the sugar, is mixing in cinnamon – which helps keep your blood sugar levels stable throughout the day, and protein. Although, the best way to make sure you’re not drinking a sugar loaded smoothie, is cutting back on the amount of fruit, and ingredients that have added sugars all together.
Before I went fully plant-based, I would add plenty of milk and yogurts to my smoothies. (sugar + sugar)
Not to mention the little to no added nutritional benefit of either of them. Again, beware the sugar traps.
The recipe for these vegan raspberry banana smoothie bowls is super simple. And while there is sugar in both the banana and raspberries, it’s minimal. As a sub for the banana, I like to throw in ½ cup of cauliflower, either raw, or steamed. That’s another great way of cutting back on the white stuff.
Here’s this super simple smoothie bowl recipe that you can make on your next weekend late morning sleep-in!
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 cup of raspberries
- 3 tsp chia seeds
- 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 heaping tbsp natural peanut butter
Toss all the good stuff into a blender, mix and enjoy 🙂
For the toppings, I like getting an extra kick of healthy fats and protein, so I tossed on some coconut flakes, cashews, hemp seeds and half a banana.
What do you LOVE adding to your smoothies?? Share them with me below!!
Nick Joly | Inspired by Nick