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The Best Smoothie Bowls

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The Best Smoothie Bowls – While the smoothie bowl is fairly self-explanatory, it’s more than just a straw-to-Spoon switch.

It’s a more relaxed, sit-down version of the traditional on-the-go- smoothie. 

Plus, it allows for toppings that add texture along with countless flavor combinations. 

Toppings are one area where you can experiment, but remember to watch portion sizes so these add-ons don’t create a calorie fat nutrition bomb.

One difference between straw versus spoon smoothies is the thickness of the smoothie.

Smoothie bowls are supposed to be thicker than your average smoothie – you don’t want all of your toppings sinking to the bottom of the bowl.  

In the smoothie bowl version, the liquid included in the recipe is primarily there to aid in the blending process. 

So, if you want to try your hand at transforming your favorite smoothie into a bowl, start by decreasing the amount of liquid you typically use.


Dairy Free Smoothie Bowls

If you can’t do dairy or simply want to avoid it, don’t let that limit you. Try these milks.


Soy Milk

Most soy milks have added thickeners to get that rich, milk-like consistency-the  benchmark for dairy substitutions.

It is  mildly nutty and  creamy with a  vegetal note. 


Hemp Milk

Most soy milks have added thickeners to get that rich, milk-like consistency-the  benchmark for dairy substitutions.

It is mildly nutty and  creamy with a  vegetal note. 


Rice Milk

Tastes just like sweet rice, and it gets what little body it has from a small amount of  added safflower or canola oil. 


Almond Milk

Nutty and toasty with slightly bitter  undertones, the milk is made from ground almonds mixed with water.

The mixture is filtered, then fortified with nutrients and thickened with agents like lecithin and carrageenan for body.


Coconut Milk

Similar to canned light coconut milk, but the smooth dairy-case  kind has less sweet coco-nutty flavor  and body. 


The Best Smoothie Bowls – The Base

For the base of the smoothie bowl, use a mixture of frozen berries, banana (you could use frozen banana for a thicker texture), chia seeds and some almond milk.

The chia seeds will thicken the smoothie, the longer it sits, so you could leave the blender bottle in the fridge for about 15 minutes before serving if you want it to be slightly thicker, like a chia pudding.


The Best Smoothie Bowls – Toppings

Then there are plenty of options for the toppings.

Frozen fruit is really handy for both the base and the to add some color on top.

A bit of crunch from seeds, nuts and oats also makes delicious toppings. 


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