Whether you need a jump-start in the morning or that little something that’s going to stop you hitting snooze for the seventh time in a row, smoothie bowls are your answer. Trending on every form of social media, food bloggers and photographers alike are obsessing over these colorful creations. With almost limitless possibilities, smoothie bowls are the easy way to inject superfoods and other ingredients high in vitamins and minerals into your diet. Here are five of the world’s best superfoods you should be blending daily. Edible flowers optional.
Benefits: Hailing from the Amazon rainforest, acai has been used for hundreds of years for its healing properties. Known to provide a boost of energy, as well as helping to stimulate the immune system, you will love this berry for its anti-aging effects too – it’s one of the best sources of antioxidants in the world.
Breakfast Bowl: Eaten alone or blended with other ingredients, açaí is super versatile. Heike Müller of @tastyasheck blends it with berries and tops it off with cocoa and tahini granola for a little crunch. Kiwi and edible flowers make the bowl all the more tantalizing.
Benefits: The humble avocado. Not just for your toast, this fruit can be whizzed up on its own or with a whole host of ingredients for a creamy bowl of goodness. High in nutrients and lacking cholesterol or sodium, avocados are mainly known for their levels of potassium – way more than that of the banana.
Breakfast Bowl: Carolin of @carokocht blends spinach and banana with avocado, which ensures you will stay full until lunchtime. Topping the smoothie bowl with apple, bee pollen, dried mulberries, and coconut flakes ensures a burst of flavor with every bite.
Benefits: They may be small but these fruits are top when it comes to antioxidants. Protecting our bodies from free radicals, which are linked to aging and disease, they can also help prevent infections with a substance called anti-adhesives. For those working out, blueberries have been known to help aid muscles in recovering post exercise.
Breakfast Bowl: Jose of @naturally.jo creates a blueberry smoothie bowl with a base of frozen bananas and blueberries. Topped with fresh banana slices, shredded coconut, and fresh and frozen blueberries, this frozen treat is perfect for a hot day.
Benefits: With one cup of matcha tea equal to 10 cups of brewed green tea, the antioxidants and minerals you receive are quite unlike any other food. Helping to boost memory and concentration, it is the perfect ingredient to add to your smoothie before heading to the office.
Breakfast Bowl: Whizzing some pear into her matcha smoothie bowl, Katia of @blackwhitevivid also adds fresh slices of juicy fruit on top. With kiwi fruit, lime, and mint adding a kick to the recipe, who needs a green juice?
Benefits: Even a small serving of spirulina will provide you with countless benefits. A blue-green algae that is grown in freshwater, the plant – which is often served in powder form – can serve a pretty powerful punch when it comes to flavor. Mixing it with sweeter ingredients can aid in weight loss and boost energy, while also helping prevent ailments.
Breakfast Bowl: Inspired by the ocean, Sarah of @sculptedpilates creates a whole host of blue smoothies using spirulina. Mixing the superfood with frozen bananas, oats, cashews, and dairy-free and gluten-free yogurt, her creations will ensure you start your day the right way.