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Try This Post-Workout Treat: Smoothie Bowls


I just came across this mouthwatering idea from the OnSugar blog Twins That Blog.

With the weather getting warmer and summertime approaching, I have a new breakfast obsession — Smoothie Bowls. Apparently many bloggers call this a SIAB (Smoothie in a Bowl) for short. Well, I have just recently started experimenting with SIABs, and I love them. This is just what I need after a morning run. It's a simple, refreshing, easy, and filling breakfast. It's exactly what it sounds like — a smoothie poured into a bowl instead of into a glass, and it is usually topped with granola, fruit, or other toppings. You eat it with a spoon, like cereal.

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My SIAB this morning (pictured above!) consisted of:

- 3 pieces of frozen banana
- 3 frozen strawberries
- 4 frozen blackberries
- 1/2 cup of skim milk
- scoop of ground Salba
- small scoop of chia seeds
- small bit of raw cacao nibs
- small scoop of peanut butter
- blended and topped with Bare Naked "Fit" Vanilla Almond Crunch granola

I want to try adding spinach to the smoothie next time, to make a Green Monster Smoothie Bowl.

There are so many ways you can make this breakfast, and it is just soooo delicious. And for me, it is much more satisfying than just drinking my breakfast. I never feel fulfilled that way.

Now, for the cleanup — it is SO FAST AND EASY. Maybe everyone does this and I'm just not aware, but this is something I've been doing since college (where I shared my roommate's vitamix..... oh vitamix, how I miss you). Once you are done making breakfast, give your blender a quick rinse in the sink (maybe wipe away some peanut butter if it stuck to the sides), and then put some soap in the bottom and fill the blender 2/3 of the way with hot water. Put the top on, put it back on the blender, and blend! This cleans the blades and the glass really well. If anything is stuck to the sides afterward, it will wipe away easily with a sponge. Rinse and let dry! Perfect! I guess if you have a dishwasher you don't have to worry about the cleanup quite as much . . . but I don't have one of those magical things, so I have to clean my blender the old-fashioned way. Cleanup is so quick and easy that I have no excuse to not make a delicious, healthy breakfast each morning.

Do you enjoy SIABs? What are some of your favorite smoothie bowl combos?

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3 years 42 weeks
i make mine with: frozen strawberry's, raspberry's, half a banana, flaxseed & plain almond milk. top off with pumpkin spice granola (from trader joes) and a few walnuts i break up by hand delish!!!!
amber512 amber512 4 years 11 weeks
The total calories when I make a SIAB is about 250-400 calories depending on if it is a snack or a meal. Why is everyone freaking out about this?
animatedpunk animatedpunk 4 years 12 weeks
Smoothies aren't unhealthy if you make them yourself with the right ingredients, and a little bit of granola goes a long way.
4 years 12 weeks
So, basically granola AND a smoothie? Um, yikes?
sparklestar sparklestar 4 years 12 weeks
To me this just looks like I'd be totally undoing the point of going for a run! It just looks so unhealthy.
Spectra Spectra 4 years 12 weeks
I'm not big into smoothies actually, but if I am going to have one, I'd probably drink it from a glass. Eating it from a bowl sounds like kind of a pain.
Raynne413 Raynne413 4 years 12 weeks
I can't wait to try this! It's a GREAT way to get in my fruit and dairy for breakfast!
Soniabonya Soniabonya 4 years 12 weeks
I am in love the Acai Bowls. I love going to Santa Cruz and go to either Samba Rock or Cafe Brasil for bit of healthy heaven.
lilxmissxmolly lilxmissxmolly 4 years 12 weeks
These were originated on the KathEatsRealFood blog! She even came up the term.
Brittneylb Brittneylb 4 years 12 weeks
I totally add grape nuts to the top of my smoothie, because I need to chew something to feel like I am actually getting to eat breakfast. I will have to try it in a bowl next time!
amber512 amber512 4 years 12 weeks
When you make it at home you control how much sugar and calories are in it!
michlny michlny 4 years 12 weeks
If Smoothies are so high in sugar and calories - wouldn't a BOWL just be over the top?