Smoothie bowl: our go-to healthy summer breakfast idea

You can't beat a smoothie bowl as the weather warms up. They're healthy, delicious, easy to prepare and pretty to look at – what's not to love?

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Smoothie bowls are a slightly more filling alternative to your traditional smoothie, but are still light enough to enjoy as the weather warms up. Plus, they're quick to prepare and are a great way to start your day with plenty of fruit and veg. Which is probably why we saw them all over Instagram last summer.

You'll need to start by making a slightly thicker version of one of your favourite smoothie recipes, before pouring it into a bowl and topping with fresh fruit, chopped nuts, granola, nut butter, or whatever else takes your fancy.

You can go for the 'pile it on and eat approach' on days that you're super hungry, or take time to prepare a smoothie bowl that looks super beautiful when intended for both photography and fuel purposes. The choice is yours.

Find out how to make a smoothie bowl below. Then head over to our food hub  for more recipe ideas and inspiration.

Smoothie bowl

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What we really love about smoothie bowls is that – much like traditional smoothies – they can be made with pretty much anything you may have available – be that fresh, frozen or in the cupboard. 

Start by blending up any fruit and veg you have to hand – this is a great chance to get creative – or check out our flavour combinations below.

  • For a green smoothie bowl, combine banana, oat milk, spinach, pineapple and celery (it's more delicious than it sounds, we promise)
  • For a powerful pink smoothie bowl, we'd recommend combining banana, frozen berries, almond butter and oat milk
  • For a terrifically tropical smoothie bowl, try combining coconut milk, mango, pineapple and beach

All you need to do is blend all of your ingredients together to create a thick smoothie. Then, pour into a large bowl and begin topping with whatever you may have to hand.

Some of our favourites include sliced banana, fresh or frozen berries, kiwi, peach, chopped nuts, toasted pumpkin seeds, chia seed, goji berries, nut butter, grated chocolate, or whatever else you may have to hand.

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