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Food Inspiration  |  June 01, 2016

The smoothie bowl. Yes, please.

Lee Tilgham sketching a smoothie bowl design in her apartment.

Smoothies have a very special place in our hearts. They allow us to start our days on the sweetest of nutrient-packed notes. And when it comes to what goes into them, everyone gets to write their own rules. Hello, veggies before lunchtime.

Smoothies are a new craze around here – we must’ve tested hundreds with our new protein powders. But they’re nothing new to our friend Lee Tilghman. In fact, she took our new smoothie love one step further by introducing us to the smoothie bowl. Oh. My. While training for the Brooklyn Half Marathon, Lee found she needed a more satisfying punch to her morning smoothie. So she poured it in a bowl, added toppings, grabbed a spoon and changed the whole routine. The rest is delicious history.

As for what goes into her smoothie bowls, Lee says it’s always changing. Though one thing is certain: She considers protein powders a must-have to ensure she’s getting the nutrients her body needs throughout the day.

They allow us to start our days on the sweetest of nutrient-packed notes.

But for Lee, smoothie bowls aren’t just about getting fuel. She finds true joy in the process of creating them. Often she’ll sketch her smoothie bowl on a notepad the night before. And in the morning, while building it, she gets down close over her bowl to add toppings, making sure everything is in exactly the right place. It’s an experience she calls meditative … with a result we call beautiful.

Lee gave us a few tips for our own smoothie bowl routines, such as sourcing seasonal fruits and veggies from our local farmers market and experimenting with frozen avocado in place of bananas (it adds thickness without sweetness). Right on, Lee. And as far as making our bowls as beautiful as hers? She recommends paying careful attention to colors, making sure the top of our bowls showcase a variety of fruit in different hues. Think of it like building a rainbow!

To help perfect our newfound smoothie bowl skills, Lee created two recipes just for us. We could go on and on about how delicious they are, but we’re getting drowned out by the sound of the blender. Enjoy!

Green Dream Bowl

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Swiss chard
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1⁄4 frozen avocado
  • 1 tsp spirulina
  • 2-4 tbsp water
  • 1 serving Sun-Up Coconut™ Organic Breakfast Super Blend powder

Toppings

  • 11 blueberries
  • 1 small clementine
  • 1 pumpkin seed
  • 1⁄4 tsp flax seeds
  • 1⁄4 tsp hemp seeds
  • 1⁄2 tsp crushed pistachios
  • 1 tsp cacao nibs
  • 1⁄2 tsp sesame seeds
  • 3 almonds
  • ½ tsp coconut chips
  • 1⁄4 tsp sunflower seeds
  • 9 goji berries
  • 1 tbsp organic oats

Nutrition Information

Calories: 460
Dietary Fiber: 17 g
Servings: 1
Sodium: 170 mg
Sugar: 26 g
Total Fat: 19 g

Directions

Place the first 6 ingredients into your blender in the order listed and blend for 30 seconds. Pour into a bowl, decorate with toppings and serve immediately.

Cookies ’N’ Cream Bowl

Ingredients

  • 1 large organic pear, frozen
  • ½ cup organic coconut meat
  • 1 tsp maca powder
  • 1 tsp lacuma powder
  • 1 tbsp cacao nibs
  • 2-4 tbsp almond milk
  • 1 serving Cocoa Awakening™ Organic Breakfast Super Blend powder

Toppings:

  • 2 strawberries
  • 7 blueberries
  • 1⁄2 kiwi
  • 5 pistachios
  • 6 goji berries
  • 6 pomegranate seeds
  • 1/4 tsp cacao nibs

Nutrition Information

Calories: 660
Dietary Fiber: 27 g
Sodium: 85 g
Sugar: 40 g
Total Fat: 29 g

Directions

Place the first 7 ingredients into your blender in the order listed and blend for 30 seconds. Pour into a bowl, decorate with toppings and serve immediately.

Tags: Smoothie Recipes, Vegan Recipes, Vegetarian Recipes, Plant-Based Recipes, Food Art

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