For the most part, I don’t think that the idea of a green smoothie bowl is something that would generally appeal to the masses.. I mean, it’s green for a start! Personally, I quite like green smoothies and juices however, I know for lots of people, drinking something containing handfuls of kale, avocado and spinach probably doesn’t sound like the most delicious thing In the world. In some cases, they would be correct because I’m not overly keen on all of those super green detox juices with only a squeeze of lemon added in to break up all of the earthy veggie flavours. Luckily for you guys.. this recipe is none of those things! It’s fresh, fruity and really quick to make for yourself at home.
I’m surprisingly not a huge smoothie fan and much prefer to eat a meal rather than drink it. That’s where smoothie bowls actually create a nice compromise and you can garnish them with all of your favourite toppings, just like you would a bowl of porridge. You can create super thick and velvety consistencies by freezing your fruit before hand and It legitimately tastes like your tucking into a great big bowl of fruity ice cream for breakfast.. but still packed with vitamins and those all important micros!
Speaking of which, although I am mentally aware of my rough daily food intake from previous years of tracking my calories, it’s not something that I’ve really been paying strict attention to recently and My Fitness Pal has taken a real backseat in my life this month. That’s certainly not to say that I’ve been having cheat day everyday because I don’t want to track what I eat. I generally find that when I’m to watching every gram of sugar, carbohydrates and protein, I eat a diet higher in nutritious foods. I know I’m not alone In these findings; but sometimes when you’re strictly tracking your food, you can become more focussing on the numeric values of food rather than the nutritional profiles. Yes, a banana does contain a large amount of carbs and sugars.. less than some ice lollies in fact; however, bananas are a great source of potassium and have many other incredible benefits. This doesn’t apply to everyone, but I’ve been guilty of choosing more macro friendly food options over the micro dense ones. Sorry to side track a little here, but It’s just something that I’ve been noticing recently and wanted to share with you guys!
Anyway, this smoothie bowl is great! The mango provides a delicious sweet and tropical flavour, perfect for this time of year and pairs perfectly if you use coconut milk.. kinda’ like Pina colada vibes going on! For the green addition, I’ve chosen spinach here as I find this to be the most subtle in flavour.. like honestly, you can’t even taste it’s in there! If you’re just starting out with green smoothies, I would highly recommend starting off with spinach, then progressing to kale and greens powders as you go!
Tropical Glow Smoothie Bowl
- 1/2 large ripe mango
- 4 heaped tbsp Onken Mango papaya & passionfruit yoghurt
- 7 cashew nuts
- Tbsp vegan protein-optional
- Handful spinach
- Splash of milk - coconut/almond milk work really well
- Place all of the ingredients into a blender and blitz until smooth and creamy.
- Pour this into a bowl and add in all of your favourite toppings.