Healthy, refreshing, and delicious, this green smoothie bowl is simple to prepare and fun to decorate. Start your day with a huge dose of fresh fruit and vegetables. In this post, we’ll describe our three recommended steps to creating your own perfect smoothie bowl.
What I love about health food stores
I’m a bit of a health food store junky. Growing up on the East coast of the US, one of my favorite pastimes was discovering unique coops with homemade food and local products. Perhaps because each store had its own character. Quirky neighborhood employees often worked at the health food store in exchange for store credit. There was usually the smell of some vegetable soup bubbling and a weird blend of essential oils. Due to this, every visit was an adventure of special finds; hand-knitted hats, bamboo hairbrushes, locally made soaps, vegan ice cream or flyers for yoga classes nearby.
After moving to Tel Aviv, I found a neighborhood health food store that checked all of the right boxes. In the heart of the picturesque Neve Tzedek neighborhood, you can find the sweet “Neroli”. The interior of the store was designed and built by its owners using recycled materials. The shelving is made of beautiful rustic wood that was found washed up on the beach, and the chandeliers are made from old spoons and bowls, turning broken objects into art. Besides the awesome decor, they have great organic fruit and vegetables and a delicious raw food bar. I’ve also found the staff to be very knowledgeable in recommending different alternative medicines.
What I learned about the ultimate smoothie
To top it off they make the most delicious smoothies. They freeze fresh fruit ahead of time, so no ice is needed. The frozen fruit makes their smoothies extra creamy, thick and flavorful. They also use good quality almond milk as the base and whole dates to add sweetness. With a couple of dates thrown into the blender, there is never a need to add another kind of sweetener. The greens they put in the green smoothies bowls and shakes are also vibrantly fresh, literally just arrived from a local organic farm.
Step One in creating the Perfect Green Smoothie Bowl
After purchasing a Ninja blender, I was ready to conquer smoothie making at home. I took the tips learned from “Neroli” and got to work. As the base for my homemade smoothies, I decided to use our delicious fresh “almond milk” recipe. It is divine all on its own, so I knew that it would be delicious blended with fruit and vegetables. I noticed that another staple to a creamy smoothie is the frozen banana. It gives the faint taste of ice cream and creates a creamy consistency. In addition to almond milk and frozen banana, I experimented with different kinds of nuts to add protein and thickness. Walnuts, pecans, and almonds all worked equally well. You can find our delicious homemade almond milk recipe here.
Next on the list was some more fruit. Depending on the type of smoothie you’re craving, different types of fruit will work. If you’re going for something more tropical try banana, pineapple, and mango with an orange juice base instead of almond milk. If you want something very ice cream like, try taking the almond milk, banana, and nut base and throwing in some frozen acai and two majhul dates. One of my favorite smoothies from Neroli is with acai and banana, it completely satisfies my ice cream cravings. In the green smoothie bowls that you see here, we added frozen banana, apple, and blueberries to the almond milk and nuts. The green apple gives a bit of tartness and the blueberries add color.
Last but not least is the option of adding vegetables. Leafy greens are classic. In these smoothie bowls, we used kale and spirulina powder. For those of you unfamiliar with spirulina, it is actually a type of blue-green algae. This may sound strange, but it is considered an ultimate superfood. It contains all of the amino acids, comparable to eggs! Spirulina has a huge list of health benefits and immune-strengthening properties, it may even help keep away cancer.
Another interesting vegetable to try is nutrient-rich cauliflower. I recently heard a cool tip from Foody First about freezing cooked cauliflower and adding it to smoothies. She swears that you can’t taste it once blended with everything else and that it makes the smoothie extra creamy and healthy. The best thing about adding vegetables is the satisfying feeling that you get watching your children devouring a lovely portion of kale, spirulina or cauliflower.
Make Your Green Smoothie Bowl Beautiful
In order to make a smoothie bowl instead of a smoothie that you drink, just add less liquid. Start with a bit of almond milk or juice and slowly add in a little more at a time so that the ingredients can blend together. Once the smoothie is in the bowl you can choose pretty toppings for decoration. Colorful fruit, edible flowers, coconut flakes, all look beautiful. You might be surprised how children are much more eager and curious to try a new dish if it is aesthetically pleasing; a beautiful smoothie bowl, vegetables aligned in the shape of a face, yogurt died pink with beet juice…these little things spur their curiosity.
Green Smoothie Bowl
- 3 frozen ripe bananas
- 1 frozen green apple
- 10 blueberries
- 2 curly kale leaves
- 1 teaspoon spirulina powder
- almond milk as needed to blend
- a handful of almonds
- 1 date optional
Some Optional Toppings
- kiwi slices
- star fruit
- edible flowers
- coconut flakes
- chia seeds
- Add the bananas, apple, blueberries, kale, and almonds to your blender.
- If you're familiar with spirulina add a teaspoon, if not then try starting with 1/2 a teaspoon and adding more if you like it.
- Add a 1/4 cup of almond milk and blend.
- Add more almond milk if needed, until the consistency is smooth like ice cream, but still nice and thick.
- Serve in bowls and decorate as desired.