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Embracing the refreshing power of smoothie bowls

Packed with fiber, protein, healthy fats, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and carbohydrates, a smoothie bowl encompasses ingredients from all five food groups

Update : 25 Apr 2024, 10:01 PM

As the daily temperature continues to rise in Dhaka, residents are increasingly seeking out refreshing, healthy meals to beat the heat. 

Enter the smoothie bowl -- a perfect solution for the scorching summer days. With an abundance of tropical fruits available during this season, smoothie bowls offer a delightful and nutritious option.

These rich and creamy bowls, bursting with vibrant colors, not only make a delicious breakfast but also add a touch of elegance to your Instagram feed. 

Essentially, a smoothie bowl consists of a cold blend of frozen fruit and liquid, such as whole milk, plant-based milk, or yoghurt, served in a bowl. Unlike traditional smoothies, the texture of a smoothie bowl is thicker, almost akin to a sorbet.

Toppings like granola, nuts, seeds, fresh fruits, and dried fruits add a delightful crunch to the smoothie bowl, elevating its taste and texture. While many perceive it as a side dish or dessert, a properly balanced smoothie bowl can serve as a complete meal on its own.

Packed with fiber, protein, healthy fats, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and carbohydrates, a smoothie bowl encompasses ingredients from all five food groups. 

Incorporating all these essential nutrients into your breakfast routine provides a healthy and energizing start to your day. So, whether you're looking for a nutritious breakfast option or a refreshing treat to cool down, a smoothie bowl ticks all the boxes.

You need a thick smoothie before you can make a smoothie bowl. This is often accomplished by combining milk or a non-dairy milk substitute with a fair amount of frozen fruit, such as frozen bananas, frozen strawberries, and other frozen berries. 

After that, add whatever toppings you choose to the smoothie. Granola, nuts and seeds (sunflower, pumpkin, and chia), fresh fruit (strawberries, bananas), nut butter, and sweeteners (maple syrup) are all excellent choices for this.

Many diets, such as the paleo and ketogenic diets, as well as more stringent ones like the vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free diets, may be satisfied with a smoothie bowl.

Tropical smoothie bowl

For this recipe, you will need fresh mangoes and bananas. Take two cups of frozen mango chunks and one cup of frozen banana. Blend the frozen fruits in a blender with a little milk. Do not overdo the liquid because it can make your smoothie way too runny. And you want a thickened base for your smoothie bowl. 

Tropical smoothie bowl

Now pour the mixture in a bowl. Top it with some mango and banana slices. Add some coconut flakes and a handful of almond and cashew nuts. For crunch, you can add some granola as well. 

You can use sugar or any other sweetener in your smoothie bowl but it is always good to skip the sugar for the sake of your health.

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