Smooth Sailing

My investigation into the making of a smoothie bowl was a big success!

It’s always a challenge for me to find time for breakfast. I’m a protein powder and water at the desk kind of girl, and to be honest, I don’t love it. Making this made me slow down – although it did make me a bit late for the rest of my morning, but being present with this first meal of the day was incredibly valuable to me.

I used some basic smoothie items to put together a raspberry chocolate smoothie bowl. I threw all the components into my Ninja and hit pulse – then threw it into the low blend. Whenever I make smoothies, even using frozen berries, I almost always end up adding more water. As i put this together, I made sure not to go overboard with the liquid. For this, I used Coconut milk – mostly for flavor and also to thicken the recipe a bit.

Once everything was blended, I poured the smoothie into bowls – dragging my husband in to taste test along side me – and then set about decorating. I had high expectations for how I could make this bowl look, and I think I fell just short of what I had hoped. In my defense, I had left myself no extra time for this part of my morning, so I rushed a bit. I sliced up some banana, added a few blueberries for good measure, sprinkled some organic, unsweetened coconut flakes, and some whole, organic chia seeds. Ta-da! 001smoothies

It felt a bit weird to be using a spoon to essentially eat a smoothie – but I think I did this backwards, and I’ll definitely try again. I think the smoothie is supposed to be the base, not the main event. I think this is supposed to be more about what you add to it than what the smoothie is. I could be wrong, but I’m going to test this theory out.

I also have never made a smoothie with just raspberries for the fruit before, and I won’t do it again. It was a little to bitter – but since I was topping with blueberries, I didn’t want to over do it!

Ultimately I view this as a compromise – it made me feel like I was eating a real breakfast since it took a minute to actually eat, but it also was still healthy. I love getting veggies in first thing in the morning. It’s always a hard balance for me – having some quick and not having it just be an English muffin with peanut butter.

If you’re going to try this, here’s what I’d suggest:

Watch how much liquid you add to the recipe – you don’t want the smoothie to be too thin.

Make sure you’re comfortable with the recipe you’ll use – I should have thought through the raspberry thing!

Presentation is everything! In truth, I think the reason these smoothie bowls have suddenly popped up across niche breakfast spots and social media posts is the aesthetic. If you’re making this to post, think about the colors you want in your bowl and how to lay them out. If you’re making this to feel more like you’re eating a meal when you have a smoothie rather than a glass of chunky water, it’s a great compromise!

Overall, I’ll definitely give this another try.

Smoothie Soup

At this point, if you use social media, you’ve noticed the smoothie bowl trend. It looks like the perfect blend of health and fashion somehow mixed up into a bowl. These smoothie bowls have a lot of pressure on them to model perfectly – one berry out of place and suddenly the bowl is just mush and not worth the insta.

Obviously, I need to explore this.

I did a quick Pinterest search of recipes to see if I was confused by what the base of these bowls was – but no, I correctly understand that this is really just a bowl of smoothie with a very staged presentation. Although I’m confused by why you might want to eat a smoothie like a soup rather than drink it – after all, isn’t the point of a smoothie that you can chug it while you’re stuck in traffic to save time? – I’ve decided to embark on a journey of creating the perfect smoothie bowl.

Since this is essentially just a smoothie in bowl form, I’m going to stick with my go-to items for smoothies:

  • I always use baby spinach as the base
  • Frozen berries – this time around I’ll use raspberries
  • Chocolate vegan Shakeology protein powder
  • Coconut Milk


I’ll top the bowl with some organic, whole chia seeds and organic, unsweetened coconut flakes!

Basically I’m going to approach this as though I’m making a regular smoothie, but I’m going to dial back on the liquid to thicken it a bit, and then wha-la, add some toppings!

I’ll let you know how it goes.