Peruse Pinterest or Instagram for healthy breakfast ideas, and you’re sure to see dozens artfully arranged bowls filled with oats, fresh fruit, nuts, and seeds. Although I’ve been a longtime lover of smoothies, I’ve been reluctant to try the oh-so-trendy smoothie bowl (mostly because eating a smoothie with a spoon, rather than drinking it from a glass, seemed strange to me).
Recently, I was invited by Toronto Yoga Mamas, to join a small group of health-minded women for a smoothie bowl workshop sponsored by Canadian company Genuine Health. Our morning began with watermelon infused water, rooibos tea, and 45 minutes of energizing yoga led by studio owner, Jamie Kalynuik. Meanwhile, my husband took our daughter to run errands, so my sister and I basked in a morning of self-love—sooo needed!
Besides our totally delicious smoothie bowls, we ladies snacked on vegan protein bars post-yoga. I’ve tried dozens of protein bars over the years and finally gave up because most of them are dry and oddly textured. I was honestly thrilled (and frankly surprised) to discover that these bars were perfectly moist, without that powdery protein taste I’d come to expect. Lemon Coconut was a winning flavour in my books!
Ok, time to make yourself a smoothie bowl! Here is a step-by-step for building your bowl, followed by a delicious smoothie recipe from Genuine Health.
1// Prepare the Bowl
Select a tropical fruit as a vessel for your smoothie; we used a small watermelon. Slice the fruit in half (sharing the other half with a friend, or saving for later) and scoop out the interior. You can add the scooped-out fruit to water for a refreshing infusion!
2// Prepare the Toppings
There are so many options for smoothie toppings! We enjoyed sliced fruit, hemp hearts, coconut shavings, granola, dried goji berries, and raw coco nibs. Simply slice fruit, such as strawberries or bananas, and arrange all toppings into prep bowls.
3// Add the Smoothie
Pour the smoothie directly from the blender into the fruit bowl (scroll down for an amazing “Pre-Workout Energy” recipe). Extra smoothie can be refrigerated for later, unless you plan to top-up your bowl for seconds that is.
Time to get creative! For a truly Insta-worthy smoothie bowl, carefully spoon your toppings over the mixture in a pleasing pattern. I created a spiral design, but rows also look great. Using small cookie cutters, stamp out delicate shapes from slices of dragon fruit and arrange over the toppings. Add edible flowers for extra fancy presentation.
Pre-Workout Energy Smoothie
Vegan, gluten-free, nut-free, no bake/raw, soy-free
- 1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
- ½ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1 small beet (raw), peeled and chopped
- 1 cup mixed strawberries, blackberries and cherries
- 1 scoop Fermented Vegan Proteins+ (unflavoured)
- Juice from ½ lime
- 1 tbsp raw honey or agave syrup
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- ½ ice
Mix the above ingredients in a blender and bingo bango, you’ve got yourself a tasty (not to mention delightfully pink) smoothie. Here’s to better breakfasts friends!
A big ‘thank you’ to Toronto Yoga Mamas and Genuine Health for hosting this fun event focused on healthy eating and mindful morning rituals.