Your Guide to the Ultimate Summer Smoothie Bowl
Summer is (just about!) officially here, and with it comes an almost non-stop parade of warm weather treats to tempt us.
Flag cake? Barbecues? Poolside margaritas? Yep, count us in for all of the above... and then some. While those are a few of our favorite (occasional, mind you!) indulgences that pop up as soon as the temperatures begin to soar, they usually make it all too easy to quickly forget about anything green... and good for you. We don't know about you, but for us, that means that our usual kale salads and green smoothies are usually the first victims. Luckily, there's an incredibly easy (and Instagram-worthy) to still get in your 5-to-8 a day that will satisfy pretty much any sweet tooth, too: smoothie bowls! With endless ingredient combinations, they're fun to make, refreshing in the warm weather, and an easy way to sneak in a hefty serving (and then some) of the sort of leafy greens your body (and skin!) loves and needs. Get blending... and show us your creations on Instagram @drunkelephantskincare!
1. Begin with a thickening protein base. This could be anything from tofu to nut butter (almond's our favorite, and nowadays you can find it at almost any grocery store), Greek yogurt, coconut yogurt, or even chia seeds, which thicken up after being soaked in liquid for a little while. Another easy cheat? Acai packs! You can find them in the frozen aisle.
2. Add in a little liquid: 1/3 to 1/4 of a cup of almond, hemp or coconut milk, coconut water, veggie or fruit juice.
3. Add a cup of fruit to thicken (and sweeten!): apple, frozen bananas, berries, peaches. Bonus if it's already frozen! Avocado is another unexpected addition that will make the whole thing incredibly creamy
4. And now for the healthy part: add a handful or two of your favorite green. Kale, spinach, chard, romaine lettuce... The list goes on.
5. And finally? The prettiest part. Add a tablespoon or so of your favorite smoothie add-ons: a little handful of fresh fruit, nuts, seeds, shredded coconut, granola, muesli, dark chocolate chips, bee pollen, cacao powder... From there, you can arrange your toppings in any way you like: we suggest starting with circles around the bowl, or a line down the middle, for the most aesthetically-pleasing effect. That said? Get creative!
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