Smoothies. I love ’em, but for some reason they never feel like a meal to me when I drink them through a straw. I’m almost always itchin’ to snack again not too long after I drink one.
It may be my brain playing tricks on me, but the act of drinking my meal just doesn’t feel right.
But a smoothie bowl on the other hand takes all of the things I enjoy about a nice, healthy smoothie adds in some crunchy toppings and transforms it into something that feels more satisfying and meal-like to me.
I guess I just like to spoon.
These smoothie bowls were inspired by my favorite plain lowfat organic yogurt and assortment of toddler feeding products sent over by Tommee Tippee.
Between meals and snack times, it can be tedious to keep food interesting for my 3-year-old. I’m lucky that he enjoys a variety of healthy foods, and even luckier that he’ll drink anything that’s frozen and blended into a smoothie.
So I figured that smoothie bowls would be right up his alley, too!
I absolutely loved the Easy Scoop Feeding Bowls with Lid and Spoon. The bowl has a triangular base to help kids scoop up their food more easily, and the spoon stores right in the top for meals and snacks on the go.
For smaller babies or toddlers just learning to self-feed, the Easi-Mat helps keep the bowl from flying around and spilling all over the place. We’ve all been there. Cleaning food off the walls and floor is suuuuper fun.
My son absolutely loved the smoothie bowls! He had fun picking out which toppings he wanted to eat with each bite, and he thought the new bowl and spoon set were super cool.
We had these smoothie bowls for lunch, but they’d be great as breakfast or dessert, too. He thought they were a delicious treat, and I couldn’t agree more!
I really enjoyed the combination of flavors in these smoothie bowls. There’s a nice dose of leafy greens with all of the spinach, and the mix of kiwi and pineapple worked beautifully together. I always have frozen bananas on hand – they’re a great way to make your smoothie cold and slushy without watering it down at all. If you don’t have them handy, just add in a regular banana and a handful of ice.
I love putting coconut chips on just about everything. Here, they add a nice bit of crunch to the topping, along with the sunflower seeds. Any combination of fresh or dried fruits, nuts and seeds could work here. The sky is the limit!
Grab a spoon and enjoy this creamy, vibrant green smoothie, topped with your favorite dried fruits, seeds and nuts!
- 1 cup plain yogurt (I used Stonyfield lowfat)
- 2 kiwi, peeled and roughly chopped
- 2 frozen bananas*
- 2 cups (packed) baby spinach
- 2 cups pineapple, peeled and roughly chopped
For topping (feel free to use whatever you have on hand):
- Coconut chips or flakes
- Chopped kiwi
- Chopped pineapple
- Sunflower seeds (without shells)
- Place smoothie ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. If it’s too thick, add some cold coconut water or filtered water to loosen it up a bit.
- Divide smoothie mixture between 3-4 bowls and sprinkle each with rows of your choice of toppings. Enjoy!
Original Recipe by Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen – Ashley Covelli
*If you don’t have frozen bananas on hand, use fresh bananas and add in a handful of ice cubes
- Serving Size: 3-4
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