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The Ultimate Berry Smoothie Bowl | Nutrition Stripped
Eat Well Jun. 24. 2016
Beverages

Ultimate Berry Smoothie Bowl

Jun. 24. 2016
Beverages
McKel Hill

McKel Hill

MS, RDN, LDN, Dietitian

A creamy and cold smoothie bowl perfect for the warmer months of the year using seasonal berries, fresh mint, and garnishes of your choice.

I’ve been sharing this smoothie bowl quite a bit on Instagram lately since berries (especially strawberries) are in season here in Nashville and in the states, so I’m taking advantage of every opportunity I have to use these antioxidant filled beauty foods! Meet the Ultimate Berry Smoothie Bowl that anyone can make with a good mix of frozen berries or get a little fancy with some toppings from your pantry. Cheers friends, let’s dig in!

Just like all my recipes, I encourage you to listen in to your body and give it what it needs. Craving more fat? Add in almond butter, full fat coconut milk, coconut oil, nuts, seeds, or avocado. Craving more protein? Add in your favorite plant-based protein, hemp seeds, or organic silken tofu even! Craving more fiber or greens? Add in more zucchini, spinach, or romaine. You can see there are many variations you can play with all within this one recipe. For example, if you’re in the mood for chocolate, add 1-2 tablespoons cocoa powder, cacao nibs to top, and chocolate plant-based protein powder for an added chocolate boost.

My favorite trio of berries to use in smoothie bowls are raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries all for different reasons. First off, raspberries give smoothie bowls an amazing thick texture due to their high fiber content, and they boost an added bonus of being one of several fruits I consider low sugar. Strawberries give it a thick texture but with a beautiful sweet flavor, so you don’t need much. Blueberries on the other hand are loaded with antioxidants, far more than both raspberries and strawberries, especially wild blueberries. Now, I know some of you are not in the US (actually many of you- hi!), so you might not have access to fresh berries right now and that’s okay. The best option is to use frozen organic berries as much as possible, plus it’s a good thing that they’re affordable and available year round no matter where you live. If you’re using local and seasonal berries in your area, I like to give them a good wash, dry, and then pop them in the freezer in an airtight glass container or a baggie right before they get “too ripe” or go bad. This freezes them at their peak ripeness and allows you to get the most nutrition and flavor for your buck! I’ve been LOVING and playing a lot lately with these Alkalising Greens from WelleCo (Elle MacPherson’s line) and have been using them daily as a way to sneak in even more veggies and greens to my diet especially with how busy things have been. The greens (surprisingly) taste delicious and are really easy to add to recipes like this smoothie bowl or I’ll stir it in water for a quick energy boost on the go. I also added the Super Elixir Vanilla Nourishing Protein  to this smoothie because  in addition to it also adds B vitamins, 9 essential amino acids, and even digestive enzymes. Plus it’s non-GMO, organic, vegan, and seriously DELICIOUS and NS approved.

 

Since we have a lot of fruit going on in this smoothie, I like to balance it out with a fiber rich vegetable that’s also great at giving this smoothie a smooth and creamy texture, and you probably guessed what that ingredient is – frozen chopped zucchini! I first shared this Blue Morning Smoothie Bowl last year using frozen zucchini to add fiber, water, and texture without adding up the calories or grams of sugar like frozen bananas typically do. Want to learn more about the nutrition and health benefits of these berries? Check them out in the NS Pantry: Strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries.

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Do you think this earns the title “best” Berry Smoothie Bowl?! What would you use to top it? Let me know what you think in the comments, rate the recipe if you try it (it helps me improve them for you), and if you make it at home share it on Instagram with #nutritionstripped so I can see!

p.s.

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This post was in partnership with WelleCo but all opinions about the product are my own. Thank you for supporting brands that support Nutrition Stripped.

The Recipe

Serves 2

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Ingredients:

2 scoops Super Elixir Chocolate Nourishing Protein Powder

2 cups unsweetened or homemade almond milk

1 cup frozen chopped zucchini

1 cup frozen organic raspberries

1/2 cup frozen organic strawberries

1/2 cup frozen organic blueberries

2 tablespoons shredded coconut

1 tablespoon almond butter

1 teaspoon lemon zest

Juice of 1 lemon

Optional garnishes: bee pollen, fresh mint, shredded coconut, goji berries, sliced bananas, sliced kiwi, edible flowers, and hemp seeds

 

Directions:

In a high-speed blender, combine all ingredients and blend until smooth and thick. If the smoothie is too thick, add more almond milk or water to thin; but remember this is a smoothie bowl and it should be as thick as soft serve ice cream and thick enough to eat with a spoon.Add garnish toppings as desired, enjoy immediately.

Notes:

To freeze zucchini, simple chop it up (you can leave peel on or off) and freeze it in a large container or bag just like you would bananas for a smoothie. Add to any smoothie for a low sugar option.

My favorite ingredients that I use to top this smoothie bowl are: hemp seeds, bee pollen, shredded coconut, goji berries, cacao nibs. You can find edible flowers at your local farmer’s market or pick them from your yard (just know exactly what you’re eating!).

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  • Ann

    RD proud!!!!

  • Soni

    This truely is THE BEST BERRY SMOOTHIE BOWL EVER! I don’t have the exact brands and toppings you use but it didn’t stop me from trying this recipe out on my day off for breakfast, and I wished I made the two servings instead of one for myself after the first bite! Love how well the zucchini works in this and it’s a great recipe when you get a bit tired of having banana based smoothies for so long. I topped mine with goji berries, a piece of dried fig and mango, and cinnamon granola I made from the deliciously ella blog! Can’t wait to wake up in the morning and give this recipie another go!

    • McKel Hill

      SO glad you enjoyed this Soni! I love this smoothie bowl for the summer, it’s so good. Thanks for all the kind words and for sharing- so appreciate it xxM

  • SamDLP

    I’ve been wanting to make a bowl like the acai ones I see everywhere! I love the flavor! I think the lemon juice gives it such a unique flavor like a popsicle. One problem, mine didn’t come out thick. I didn’t include the zucchini, but I ended up adding spinach that helped it get a little thicker but it’s still not creamy thick.

    • McKel Hill

      Adding the frozen zucchini is key to making it thick and creamy like I shared in the blog 😉 I hope you try it out like that next time!