How to make a delicious and healthy smoothie bowl packed with nutrients and a tasty crunch. This breakfast alternative will leave you feeling satisfied and ready to conquer the day.
I often express the importance of breakfast to my patients. Breakfast is a great way to get the energy you need to start your day strong and feel well nourished. Nothing is more distracting than a grumbling stomach begging for food. I realize it can be hard to fit a nutritious breakfast into your day when there are a ton of things that need to happen in the morning to get prepared to start the day.I live a very busy lifestyle and it is tempting to forego preparing a healthy breakfast and get a few extra minutes of sleep. If you read my previous post about getting your life together, then you know having a breakfast every morning is a great way to feel like you have yourself together. Smoothies are a great way to pack a bunch of nutrients into an easy to ingest package. I love smoothie bowls because you can add an extra flair with toppings.
Today, I will share my recipe for a Strawberry Kiwi Smoothie Bowl. For a busy professional like myself, anything that provides a shortcut is welcome. I love to shop for produce at Safeway because they offer a great selection of fresh cut fruit. With fruit that is pre-cut, I can save a lot of time in the morning. Additionally, I know that the fruit is fresh and will taste great.When deciding what fruit to add to my smoothie bowl, I went with two of my favorite fruits: strawberries and bananas. Strawberries and bananas make a great base for a smoothie given that their flavors complement each other and the bananas act as a thickener for the smoothie.
I remember how much I used to love strawberry kiwi flavored juices as a kid. Additionally, I love to pack as much nutrition into my smoothie bowls as possible. When you don't have a lot of time, you want to get as much bang for your buck as possible. First, I added some coconut water to increase the hydration power of my smoothie bowl. I must admit, when I am busy a work, I can go all morning without drinking any water and by lunchtime, I feel the dehydration. Coconut water has 5 electrolytes: potassium, magnesium, sodium, calcium, phosphorus. This boost of hydration is a great way to sustain me through a busy morning. I also add greek yogurt to help thicken my smoothie bowls and give me an extra dose of protein. The extra protein will help keep me full throughout the morning.I invite you to try out this recipe if you want to improve your morning routine with a nutrient-rich, quick breakfast option.
Fresh strawberries and one kiwi
One medium banana
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Blend four slices of kiwi in a blender until seeds are well blended.
Add a handful of fresh cut strawberries and a whole banana chopped into 1/2 slices to blender. Pulse a few times to gently blend strawberries and bananas until they are the consistency of a thick paste.
Add two tablespoons of Coconut water and two tablespoons of greek yogurt to the blender. Blend for another minute until smooth
Pour smoothie into bowl and top with granola, shredded coconut, and chia seeds.
Enjoy your nutrient-rich breakfast!