January 30, 2024

Recipe: Berry Smoothie Bowl

A creamy smoothie with crunchy toppings — in a bowl!

Bowl with raspberries, blueberries apples, almonds and chia seeds on a white tabletop

Ready to dip your spoon into the smoothie bowl trend? Get your fill of creamy smoothie goodness with a healthy heaping of crunchy, healthy toppings, including slivered almonds and chia seeds.

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Ingredients

Smoothie base

  • 1 1/2 cups plain yogurt
  • 1 banana, frozen
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup berries of your choice
  • 1 tablespoon flaxseeds
  • 1 scoop vanilla plant-based protein powder, optional

Toppings

  • 1 tablespoon slivered almonds
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon pomegranate seeds

Directions

  1. Blend all base ingredients together until smooth, adjusting for sweetness and thickness.
  2. Serve immediately in a large bowl with toppings.

Ingredient health benefits

  • Yogurt: With probiotics and prebiotics to go around, yogurt is a great way to show your stomach some love. Yogurt is also a complete protein, which means it has all nine essential amino acids that your body needs to function properly (but can’t make on its own). And, most famously, it has calcium to keep your bones happy and healthy.
  • Bananas: Most everyone knows that bananas are a great source of potassium, but there’s so much more to this zany-looking fruit than popular knowledge conveys. Bananas also have magnesium and vitamin B6, which help regulate blood pressure and metabolism. And they have fiber to keep your gut working properly.
  • Flaxseed: This little seed really is worth the hype. Flaxseed is a source of omega-3 fatty acids (omega-3s, for short), which are vital for your body to function as it should. Flaxseed also has fiber and antioxidants that fight damaging free radicals and chronic inflammation.
  • Almonds: This nut may seem ordinary, but its benefits certainly aren’t. Almonds are rich in calcium and unsaturated fats that raise your “good” (HDL) cholesterol. Your brain will also thank you for the flavonoids and vitamin E.
  • Chia seeds: Another tiny seed with plenty of perks, chia seeds improve your digestion and promote the growth of good bacteria that keep your gut healthy. Their quirky ability to expand in fluid can help you stay fuller for longer when they’re in your stomach juices, which can be helpful if you’re trying to lose weight.
  • Pomegranate seeds: These little gems are as good for you as they taste. The squishy packets around the seeds contain juice that’s high in antioxidants, which might support the health of your heart. Pomegranate juice may also have cancer-fighting abilities, but research is ongoing. Still, incorporating pomegranates into a hearty, nutritious diet wouldn’t hurt!

Nutrition information (per serving)

Makes 4 servings
Serving = 3/4 cup

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Calories: 160
Carbohydrate: 27 g
Sugars: 17 g
Fiber: 4 g
Saturated fat: 0.5 g
Cholesterol: 5 mg
Protein: 9 g
Sodium: 70 mg

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