When it comes to breakfast bowls, they are incredibly easy to make when wanting to eat healthier and on a time-crunch. Here I will touch on the more sweeter version of the breakfast bowl, and introduce more savory bowl options in another post.
Not only do those in the fitness industry eat them (used as meal preps, pre/post workout or snacks), but ANYONE can enjoy the health benefits and convenience of creating a healthy concoction that is high in protein, healthy fats, natural sugars and antioxidants.
They are also great for the kiddies, as they can get involved by helping you prepare their very own breakfast bowls with items they enjoy eating.
Whether you come across a recipe for yogurt bowls, acai bowls, or smoothie bowls, you will be sure to come across a huge selection with endless recipes that are super easy to prepare!
Be sure to read through to the bottom for links to some of my recipes.
For those who start their day on the “coffee diet”, I promise if you set yourself up with eating a breakfast bowl, you won’t find yourself crash by mid-day (or afternoon). When you start your day with caffeine and sugar, you are jolting your body with temporary energy, and crash as you “come down” from your high, so to speak.
But I don’t have time
with my tips below, putting a breakfast bowl together, shouldn’t take longer than 5 minutes!
On a day you are free, dedicate at least 30 minutes to an hour, to prep ingredients to use for the week, that way it’s easier to put together the day of, or the night before, depending on the type of bowl you are making.
- If using quinoa or rolled oats as a base, cook the number of portions you will want to use for the week, that way you don’t have to worry about cooking it when you need it;
- Prep your fruit by pre-washing and cutting;
- Overnight oats, and chia seed pudding are great to do the night before, as they require time to soak up your selected liquid base, such as almond milk, coconut milk, or dairy if you prefer.
Keeping your ingredients organized helps when putting together your bowl, as you know where each item is conveniently located for quick and easy access.
- When washing and storing raw fruit, place a paper towel at the bottom of the container(s) to soak up excess water. Depending on how many days the fruit will be refrigerated, you may have to replace the paper towel, or remove it completely, to avoid the food spoiling, or getting mushy;
- A squeeze of lemon juice, or pineapple juice helps keep the fruit from browning (anything acidic will help!);
- Keep nuts and toppings separated in jars or containers, that way you can simply sprinkle or spoon your selection when putting your bowl together
Making a Bowl
I usually put together whatever I have on hand, or whatever ingredients seem to make sense with each other.
Remember recipes are endless, as each person has a preference as to the type of bowl you would like to eat, and also your origin / ethnicity as you may have access to more tropical fruits for example.
Just remember to keep it clean and minimal. Check out my article on How to Eat Clean for more ideas!
Anatomy of a Breakfast Bowl
Below are a few recommendations to help get you started…
B A S E
Yogurt (Greek, Coconut)
Rolled Oats / Oatmeal
Chia Seed Pudding
Smoothie (see Smoothie Bowls)
F R E S H F R U I T
N U T S
D R I E D F R U I T
T O P P I N G S
Hulled Hemp seeds
D R I Z Z L E
Smoothie bowls have become quite popular as a crossover between a breakfast bowl and a smoothie.
Smoothie bowls can be any blended concoction of your favorite protein or frozen fruit smoothie, and used as the base of your breakfast bowl, topped with recommendations listed above, or anything you may prefer.
- SMOOTHIE PACKS!
Portion your preferred mix in zippie bags and freeze them, for quick use to drop in the blender.Prefer fresh fruit? Skip freezing and simply refrigerate portions in zippie bags or containers to last up to 3 days (this will reduce your fruit/veg from spoiling or going mushy).
- Freeze your preferred milk (almond/coconut/dairy) in ice trays
Smoothie Layering Tips
If you’ve ever made a smoothie that turned out to be clumpy, chances your ingredients weren’t layered correctly. When layering frozen fruit and ice first, they will get caught in the blades, leaving with you chunks of fruit or bits of ice in your smoothie.
So, yes, there is a way to layer your items for a perfectly smooth blend, add items to your blender in the following order:
- Powders and Sweeteners (honey/agave)
- Soft Items (butters, yogurt, tofu)
- (Fresh) Fruit/Veg
- Nuts and Seeds
- (Frozen) Fruit/Veg
- Ice cubes or Milk cubes
The liquid will blend with your powder and butters, creating a nice smooth consistency for the frozen/fresh fruit, seeds/nuts and ice to mix with
Smoothie bowls can be a meal replacement on their own, by not only topping them with fruits, nuts and drizzles, but you can also include the following add-ins for a more micro and macro nutrients…
Milk (Almond, Coconut, Dairy)
Here are a few recipes to give you an idea, and get your creative juices flowing to create your own breakfast / smoothie / savory bowl concoction.
What’s your favorite bowl? Let me know in the comments below!
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