Swap Your Straw for a Spoon

You’ve probably seen them popping up on Pinterest or maybe even offered at a health food restaurant near you. Smoothie bowls are all the rage right now and for good reason. This simple spin on the traditional cup-and-straw presentation offers the same nutrients as its drinkable counterpart—such as calcium, potassium and vitamin D—just served in a bowl and a little less blended to provide a thicker, spoonable consistency. Plus, smoothie bowls typically come with toppings. Think of them as a parfait mixed with a smoothie—what’s not to love?

You can easily make your own smoothie bowl at home using your favorite drinkable recipe. Most posts I’ve read simply suggest adding a frozen banana or adjusting the liquid ratio until you get your preferred consistency. Try this Blues Buster Blueberry Peach Smoothie served in a bowl and topped with low-fat granola, fresh blueberries, diced peaches and a dash of cinnamon. You’ll get the flavor of a cobbler but with actual health benefits.

Blues Buster Blueberry Peach Smoothie

Yield: 3 (8-ounce) servings (24 ounces)

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces low-fat vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 3/4 cup frozen blueberries
  • 3/4 cup frozen peaches
  • 1/2 cup low-fat milk
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 cup ice cubes

Directions: 

Combine yogurt, fruit, milk, honey and ice in a blender. Blend until smooth and frothy.

In the mood for something tropical? Dip your spoon into this into this Banana Strawberry Licuado. It’s made with lactose-free milk, so it’s a great option if you have lactose intolerance. Top your bowl off with some fresh strawberries, banana slices, coconut and lime zest and you’ll be instantly transported to the tropics!

LauraMarbury_headshot_smallLaura Marbury, MS, RD, LD