I’m so excited to share one of our new favourite healthy breakfast recipes with you today – a mango smoothie bowl!
Smoothies are sometimes hit or miss in my house, mostly I think because they are a bit more casual in nature. When the whole meal is in a cup, you’re less likely to be sitting down and focusing on drinking your smoothie and there’s a chance that the smoothie will get forgotten or left unfinished.
With the smoothie bowl, not only do you get this awesome, delicious smoothie, you also can thicken it a bit more with chia seeds or flax meal for added protein and fiber AND you can top it however you want. We tend to go with coconut shreds, granola, and fresh fruit – but you could even add sprinkles or cocoa nibs (or a small shaving of good quality chocolate) to make it more enticing to a reluctant breakfast eater.
So while a smoothie might be more convenient when you’re truly “on the go,” the smoothie bowl is a great option for sitting and enjoying your meal and focusing on eating – which I find is necessary with kids.
We’ve had so much fun playing with different flavour combinations with these smoothie bowls – this and our chocolate smoothie bowl are definite favourites.
If you don’t think your kid will like all of these toppings, my friend Agnes over at Hello, Wonderful! shared this cute Disney-inspired way to decorate her child’s smoothie bowl.
We’ll be playing more with the smoothie bowl idea (and sharing the best recipes we come up with) but if you want to experiment on your own, here are some basics to keep in mind:
- 2-3 cups of fruits and veggies
- 1/2-1 cup of liquid: coconut water, milk, yogurt (a liquid for our purposes), water
- Added toppings, optional – fruit, cereal, pureed quinoa, pureed oatmeal, etc.
- Added fiber, optional – flax meal, chia seeds, etc.
- Optional sweeteners – honey, maple syrup, etc.
Try to slowly increase the amount of vegetables in comparison to the fruits. I’m okay with using all fruit at first to get kids used to the taste of mango smoothies (or as an alternative for dessert or unhealthy breakfasts) but you ideally want to have more vegetables than fruits to balance out the natural fruit sugars.
And, at first, feel free to add in the optional sweeteners. If you’re transitioning yourself or your family from a less healthy lifestyle or breakfast choice, adding a teaspoon of maple syrup or honey to a big bowl of smoothie is still way healthier than eating a less nutritious cereal, toast, or pre-made breakfast shake.