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.
She Rocks Fitness says
Smoothie out of a BOWL always!!! And yes Miss Georgie is the queen of smoothie bowls, but yours look pretty amazing too…Have a great Tuesday! XOXO
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I’m always amazed by her creations. And yes, bowls ALWAYS win.
Margaret @ youngandrungry says
I am 100% on the second breakfast bandwagon, but I haven’t gotten on the smoothie bowls yet! I know I need to, but they look so good I’m scared their going to be addicting! I got a Ninja for Christmas last year though so I know I need to put it to good use.
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Smoothies are my favorite second breakfast. Ah yes put it to use!!!
Crystal Renaud says
I have a smoothie every single day! I try to mix it up and have fun with them. Such a great way to pack in some fruits and veggies. I also have protein powder in mine.
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There are endless combinations and it’s great that you can get in a lot of fruits and veggies first thing in the morning.
Great post, and your graphics are seriously great in this post. Way to step it up girl ;)
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Thank you :) I’m actually a graphic design minor but NEVER do anything with my blog because I’m burnt out from school. I’m hoping to do more like this after graduation.
Ashley @ Fit Mitten Kitchen says
SMOOTHIESSSS. There are just endless ways to have them I am not sure I could ACTUALLY ever get sick of them. Plus, the toppings. All about the toppings. Your bowls look bangin’. <3 #bgbcommunity 4 LYFE ;-)
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THE TOPPINGS. Literally the icing on the cake (eeeerrr bowl).
99.9% sure I could live on smoothies year round.
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You are also a reason I’ve become addicted to smoothies! Just so refreshing any time of day/year/
This is a great post! I used to have smoothies all the time, but I usually stop when it gets cold outside. I’ll have to try it your way one of these days!
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Even though it doesn’t get cold in Florida I like oatmeal in the summer and now smoothies in the winter!
Julia @ Lord Still Loves Me says
Whenever I see your smoothies on my IG feed, I just stare at the beauty. They always look amazing! I’m actually not a huge smoothie person, but you make me want to venture out and try new flavors thanks to your pictures!
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It’s really only recently that I’ve become obsessed with them. I think I’m just obsessed with all the toppings I can put on too :)
I missed the boat on the smoothie bowls but now I need to change it up and try this! We drink smoothies in our house every single day!
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My whole family just started drinking smoothies regularly. Even my dad likes smoothie bowls (and that’s saying a lot).
Liz @ The Clean Eating Couple says
Mmmm I could totally go for a smoothie or smoothie bowl right now… I’ve been slacking on my smoothie game lately.
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I need to start putting the ingredients all together in plastic bags in the freezer. It would definitely cut down on time!
Brie @ Lean, Clean, & Brie says
Smoothie bowls are the bomb! I used to not drink as many because they wouldn’t fill me up and I would still be left hungry but once I started adding toppings (like nut butter) they really started to fill me up and now I love me a good smoothie bowl!
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I should have mentioned that I typically eat them as snacks because they don’t always fill me up. Extra toppings are needed for that!
Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine says
I just can’t do it…no smoothie for me…but Maybe a super super thick bowl would be okay :P
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I prefer thick too! Adding toppings helps because I like the crunch.
My NutriBullet arrived on Monday so smoothies will be a daily occurrence from now on! xx
Could there be a better package to receive on a Monday?! Excited for you!
I don’t think a food can really be “basic” in the contemporary context we use the word, so I don’t think it matters that you hopped on the smoothie bandwagon, they’re popular for a reason, they’re delicious! Your smoothie ingredients are perfect! I love frozen fruit, yogurt and a bit of spinach in my smoothies!
You’re right- they are popular for a VERY good reason.
Rebecca @ MyEagerFeet says
Do you have any tips for people who don’t like smoothies? I want to like them really badly, but I can’t get over the texture (the taste is fine). Maybe I am missing something, but every time I have one, I have to choke it down.
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I have a HUGE problem with texture. I won’t eat a lot of foods because of it so I completely understand. I’ve found eating it with a spoon (rather than drinking it) helps. Is it normally too liquidy or too thick for you? Or neither?
Great post! I’m the same, I wake up early and eat breakfast before anyone else is up. Smoothies are such a great way to start the day, but I have yet to try a smoothie bowl! The first picture looks delicious!
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Thank you! Smoothie bowls are very new to me too. But I love eating food out of a bowl for some reason!
Laura @ This Runner's Recipes says
Beautiful graphics! I go through phases with smoothies, although starting to add coconut milk to them made me love them again. I’m a smoothie drinker, never much of a smoothie bowl person.
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Thanks, Laura! I haven’t added “real” coconut milk (from a can) but I can imagine that would make it so thick and creamy!
rachel @ athleticavocado says
i love topping my smoothies with granola too, gotta have that crunch!
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