Arguably the perfect protein-packed breakfast choice in summer, here’s everything you need to know for perfecting your smoothie bowl recipes.
Ok, sure, we know Huel is the best breakfast choice. Hands. Down. But what if one morning you fancy something different? Well, you can’t go far wrong with a smoothie bowl (especially one topped up with some Huel Complete Protein).
It has all the nutritious ease of a smoothie but you can sit down and enjoy a big bowl of it like oatmeal. Plus, in the summer months, when that epic portion of steaming porridge just doesn’t mix well with the heat, the chilled smoothie bowl fits just right.
Here are some tips for perfecting your smoothie bowl creations, from picking the base, all the way down to the toppings. Plus, we’ve got a handy video for our own Huelified very berry smoothie bowl if you prefer to follow along.
The best smoothie bowls start with the right base. What’s a smoothie bowl base though? Well, it’s what’s going to give your smoothie bowl that thick and creamy texture. Greek yoghurt is a go-to, as are frozen bananas.
Cut down on food waste by using up any bananas that are on the turn, slice them into chunks, put them into a sealed container, and freeze them. Then you can take them out whenever you need, and have a chilled smoothie bowl ready to go. Remember to cut the bananas up. This will make them a lot easier to blend.
Silken tofu is also a great way to thicken your smoothie bowl and gives it a silky texture while boosting the protein content.
Following on from this frozen banana hack, we’d recommend using other frozen fruit (like berries) for those hot summer days. They not only add thickness but also makes your smoothie bowl colder and more refreshing. Plus, using frozen fruit eliminates the need for ice, which can dilute the flavours.
Add any frozen fruit to the blender first so they are close to the blade and will blend quickly and easily.
Consider the taste profile of your smoothie bowl and aim for a balance of sweetness and acidity. Sweeten with fruits like bananas, mangoes, or dates, and add a splash of acidity with berries or citrus fruits.
Easy on the syrups though. Try a little first, and then add your maple, agave, coconut, or date syrup at the end, if you need it.
Packed full of antioxidants and nutrients, we’re all aware of how good for us leafy greens are. Smoothie bowls are a great way of sneaking them into your diet. Plus adding a handful of spinach, kale, or other leafy greens will give your bowl a vibrant colour.
A splash of your favourite plant-based milk will help blend your smoothie bowl to the desired consistency. But don’t throw it all in at once. There is nothing worse than removing your blender lid and looking down at a watery mess.
It’s hard to go back from this point. You can try adding more frozen fruit to thicken it up, but this will mean you end up with a lot more smoothie bowl to eat.
Drop just enough liquid to allow the blending process to start, and if it looks too thick add a drop more until you have the consistency you want.
The temptation when making a smoothie bowl is to throw all your favourite ingredients and not think about what it’s going to look like after it’s all blended up.
Mixing complementary colours like red and green will end up giving you a wishy-washy brown-looking colour. Not good for the ‘gram. Even if it might taste nice, don’t mix berries with greens then if you’re concerned about how your smoothie bowl will look.
Get creative with toppings. Add a variety of textures and flavours with toppings like fresh fruits, granola, nuts, seeds, shredded coconut, cacao nibs, or dried fruit. If you’re worried about your granola going wet and soft, add items like nuts first and then your granola pieces on top so they stay crunchy.
Packed with fruits and vegetables, smoothie bowls are by definition full of nutrients (just like Huel).
If you’re using bananas, you’ll never have any problem getting enough carbohydrates into a smoothie bowl, while nut butter, avocado, and seeds like hemp, flax, pumpkin, sunflower, and chia will make sure there are some much-needed healthy fats in there too.
However, protein can often be one thing missing from a smoothie bowl. A scoop of Huel Complete Protein then will make sure you’re the vital macro in your first meal of the day. Huel Complete Protein Vanilla mixes especially well, with a flavour profile that compliments a whole range of ingredients.
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