Disclosure: This post was made in partnership with the US Highbush Blueberry Council. Thank you for supporting the growth of Food Heaven!
Oh, smoothie bowls. These breakfast delights have made a big impression on the interwebs as of late. Not a day goes by where I don’t see a smoothie bowl recipe on our instagram feed.
But here’s the catch: Many of these smoothie bowls aren’t that healthy.
- They focus on the fruit
- They are heavy-handed on sweeteners like dates and honey
- Many have even more sugar in the form of juice
- They don’t have enough vegetables
- They don’t include protein
- They don’t include some sort of healthy fat
When you add all of these shortcomings together, you are left with an imbalanced smoothie bowl that will probably not keep you full for hours, as it should. This smoothie bowl is different. It covers all of our nutrient bases without sacrificing flavor. For every cup of fruit in your smoothie bowl, we recommend that you add about 2 cups of vegetables. You also should include a healthy fat, in the form of nuts, seeds, or avocado. A good smoothie bowl also includes a protein — Greek yogurt is one of our favorites. For our vegan friends, you can try a vegan protein powder (pea protein powder is good choice), or nuts/nut butter.
The beautiful blue hue in this recipe is thanks to the frozen blueberries. We chose frozen blueberries in this recipe because they are a cost-effective way to boost the nutrition of your smoothie bowl. Many people don’t realized that frozen blueberries are picked at the peak of ripeness and individually quick-frozen in a process known as IQF. We also bulked up the bowl by adding cauliflower, which sounds strange, but doesn’t affect the taste of the smoothie at all. In addition to making the smoothie more thick, cauliflower adds extra nutrients and fiber. The cauliflower, combined with the blueberries, provide 100% of your vitamin C needs for the day.
In case you missed it, this year we became official spokespeople for the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council. As part of the “Blue Crew,” we will be developing a 6-part series of healthy blueberry recipes that are literally knock-your-socks-off delicious. Each recipe will also be in video format, which means you should subscribe to our Youtube channel, if you haven’t already. We kicked this series off with this Warm Cozy Blueberry Crumble Recipe, and watered mouths worldwide with our Bite-Sized Vegan Blueberry Cheesecake and our 3-Ingredient No Churn Blueberry Ice Cream last month.
Okay, now on with the recipe. This one’s simple. All you do is place everything in a high speed blender and blend. Easy enough. To finishing things off, pour the smoothie mixture into a bowl, then serve with your favorite toppings.
Here are some of ours:
- Sliced or chopped almonds
- Pumpkin seeds
- Chia seeds
- Walnuts (provide a dose of omega 3s)
- Coconut flakes
Ready to give this Cauliflower Blueberry Smoothie Bowl a try? Make sure to let us know how you liked it in the comments below and tag us in your creations on instagram (@foodheaven). Catch you next time! xo
- ¾ cup of almond milk unsweetened
- 1 cup of frozen blueberries
- 1 frozen banana small
- ¾ cup of cauliflower
- 1 carrot
- 1 scoop of protein powder
- 5 ice cubes
- 1 tablespoon of fresh blueberries
- 1 tablespoon of coconut flakes
- 1 tablespoon of chopped almonds
- 1 teaspoon of chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon of pumpkin seeds
Blend all smoothie ingredients in a high speed blender. Transfer to a bowl then add your toppings. Enjoy