Simplify your smoothie with this easy guide to making delicious and healthy smoothies.
Ideally, I’d like to be a trend setter not a follower. Don’t we all, though? My only street-cred in this category is that I was gluten-free before it was cool (or before people even knew about it). Of course, I didn’t have a choice in that matter but I think I have the right to use my pre-celiac pain for something now.
For the most part I really DO do my own thing. I’m far from the college stereotype, I’m an introvert, I enjoy waking up early when everyone is sleeping in and brunching. However, when it comes to a few food-related trends, I 100% admit to jumping the bandwagon. I’m also 100% OK with it.
I fully credit my amazingly creative friend Georgie for introducing me to the world of smoothies and smoothie bowls. Obviously I knew smoothies existed before, but I didn’t know they could be THIS good. Check Instagram any day and you’ll see a plethora of smoothies. All different colors. All different toppings. Actually, I think smoothies, avocado toast and coffee are the most popular (i.e. #basic) things to Instagram. They are all healthy and delicious so I don’t think this is a problem in the least.
Ok, smoothies. There are a million other posts about how to make smoothies but for someone like me who can be THE epitome of lazy, I want to ensure you all that making smoothies doesn’t have to be a hassle. I used to dismiss making smoothies and blame it on “not having a blender,” just because I would rather have gone to JugoFresh to spend $8-$10 on one. What I didn’t realize until Georgie mentioned it, is that you can make smoothies with a food processor, which I had sitting in my cabinet. I didn’t have any more excuses. Eventually I “invested” a good ol’ Andrew Jackson ($20) to buy this baby, which now gets used every day.
As you’ve all probably figured out by now, I like to stick to the basics. My motto: K.I.S.S. Here are my necessities (plus the not-really-necessary but strongly encouraged toppings) for smoothies and smoothie bowls.
-1 cup liquid of your choice. I like CocoLibre coconut water, Pacific Foods Almond Milk (and the coconut flavored!).
-Frozen fruit. I use 1/2 or 1/3 frozen banana and a large handful of frozen berries.
-Nut butter of your choice. The options are endless…
-Toppings. Not necessary but they are the most fun part! I like Purely Elizabeth granola, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, coconut flakes, fresh fruit and goji berries, which I just tried.
-Other ingredients I like that are not featured: spinach and/or kale (which I promise you can’t taste!), cinnamon and acai.
-Place liquid in FIRST
-Add frozen fruit
-Add any additional ingredients (like nut butter or spinach)
-Add another splash of liquid (or just water) on top
So now that everyone knows how to make a smoothie bowl, go make yourself one for a second-breakfast. If you haven’t gotten on the second-breakfast bandwagon, you’re seriously missing out. Check out the Instagram hashtag #bgbcommunity for more smoothie (and food) inspiration from some of my favorite bloggers.