Show yourself some love & blend up a delicious Smoothie Bowl for Valentine’s Day!
You’re a smooth[ie] operator 😉
I’m all for boxes of chocolates and candy hearts but leading up to the most romantic day of the year, I still want to eat nutritious meals that satisfy my sweet tooth! Cue this Valentine’s Day Smoothie Bowl.
I like my smoothie bowls as thick as Beyoncé, topped with a variety of superfoods, and as tasty as a dessert.
To celebrate Valentine’s Day, I combined my love for spoonable smoothie bowls, nutritious food, and delicious flavors to bring you A Berry Healthy Valentine’s Day Smoothie Bowl!
Here are tips to creating a THICK smoothie bowl:
- Use frozen fruit. If you only is fresh produce, throw them in the freezer and wait 1-2 hours. This works best if your fruits and vegetables are ripe or even overripe.
- In order to achieve a consistency you can eat with a spoon and cover with toppings that do not sink into your base, use LESS liquid. You can gradually add more as you blend if you need, but start with 1:3 liquid-to-fruit ratio.
- Invest in a high-powered blender. Your old blenders from the 70’s may not have the horsepower to blend a thick smoothie bowl. I recommend The Ninja Foodie SS101 Smoothie Bowl Make & Nutrient Extractor or another “bullet” shaped blender.
- Freeze some your liquid in ice cube trays! I would not freeze almond milk as it separates.
- Add nutritious ingredients that thicken your bowl- 1-2 tablespoons of protein powder, handful of oats, ground flaxseed or chia seeds, coconut cream, avocado, beetroot powder or Spirulina are good ideas.
Balance Your Bowl
- Don’t make your smoothie bowl with just fruit and granola- that is a lot of carbs and sugar without any protein or fats!
- Add protein with protein powder in your smoothie base (plant-based protein powders tend to make your bowl thicker) & using a soy or cow’s milk. I used Silk Ultra Unsweetened Plant-Based Protein Drink!
- Include healthy fats (& texture!) with unsweetened coconut shreds, nuts, but butter drizzles, pepitas, & seeds.
- Be mindful of honey or agave drizzles- they still count as added sugar.
A Berry Healthy Valentine’s Day Smoothie Bowl
- 2 tablespoons strawberry protein powder (I used Vegan Power Pro)
- 2/3 cup soy milk, separated (you can use any milk- I think dairy and soy work best)
- 1 cup frozen dragonfruit chunks
- 1 frozen, overripe banana
- 1 tsp cocoa powder
- 1 tsp ground flaxseed
- 1 tablespoon coconut cream
- Toppings: unsweetened coconut, pomegranate, strawberries, dragon fruit balls, raspberries, and a dark chocolate heart (cacao nibs work, too!)
- In a high-powdered blender, add protein powder 1/3 liquid and blend until combined.
- Add fruit, cocoa powder, flaxseed, and coconut cream. Poor in remaining milk and blend for 1-3 minutes.
- Assess consistency and add more liquid as needed, but be patient! It takes time to make a thick bowl. You may need more than the 2/3 cup but add 1-2 tablespoons at a time to prevent a thin consistency.
- Once you’ve reached a smooth consistency, use a small spatula to spoon into a bowl.
- Add toppings and style your bowl
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Kait Richardson is a registered dietitian nutritionist in Orlando, FL. She is a partner at a private practice, Nutrition Awareness, where she helps frustrated yo-yo dieters reach their health goals using 1:1 nutrition coaching. She is the co-host of the Nutrition Awareness Podcast.