Summer bliss in a bowl. Heaven on a spoon. That’s what I think of when I think of smoothie bowls using freshly frozen raspberries from my family’s garden. Mmmm.
The great thing is that smoothie bowls are packed with the nutrients you need to start your day off right. Breakfast meals should have a balance between carbs (to get your brain and body jumpstarted) and protein (to help you start your day satisfied and eliminate extraneous cravings throughout the day). In just one cup of raspberries, you get half of your daily Vitamin C (immune booster!) requirements, and a significant amount of Vitamin K and Manganese. As for the blueberries, all you have to do is look at that bright blue color and visually see the anthocyanins bursting from the berries. Anthocyanins have antioxidant properties that are thought to help eliminate free radicals within your body. While antioxidants aren’t the end all solution to chronic diseases such as heart failure and cancer, they are one aspect of proper nutrition that may have more benefits than we realize. Check out this article published by Harvard medical students to read more about the antioxidant hype.
The point is, this smoothie bowl has it all. Carbs from the berries and granola and loads of protein from the greek yogurt. No protein powder needed!
So next time you need a chill summer morning breakfast, try this recipe out.
Berry Blast Smoothie Bowl
1/2 cup greek yogurt
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1/4 tsp vanilla
1 handful spinach (optional…but…hidden vegetables are always a plus!)
+ sweetener to taste
Blend all ingredients together for the smoothie base (I use a Blendtec Blender). I find it easiest to blend when the yogurt is on bottom, followed by the berries, and then the spinach and vanilla. Adding the berries in as you go is a helpful tip so the blender doesn’t get overwhelmed by all the frozen goodness. Pour smoothie base into a bowl and top with your granola, almonds, and fresh berries!