Few things are better than a rich, thick, creamy smoothie after a workout that tastes like strawberries and cream. Ok, maybe a strawberry smoothie bowl with less sugar and more nutrition that still tastes like dessert!
Continuing with my smoothie bowl series of posts, today I’m excited to share with you this recipe. While I love a filling bowl of strawberries and cream overnight oats for breakfast, I’ve started working out early in the morning a few times a week, and I need more protein and healthy fats in my recovery meal.
I’ve also grown to love to eat a smoothie with a spoon; it makes me feel like I’m eating a meal and not sipping it. Silly, I know, and if you want to make it more liquid so you can sip it through a straw, all you have to do is add a little bit more liquid. Easy peasy, see? I aim to please.
Before you argue that fruit is good for you, I will tell you that I agree that fruit is a nutritional powerhouse and something we should be adding to our diets. However, many readers have to watch their carbohydrate count and sugar intake for different health goals, so I developed this recipe to keep all of us happy.
What does that mean for you, if you can eat more than one serving of fruit per meal? It means that you can still eat more fruit throughout the day and that this strawberry smoothie bowl will provide you with tons of protein, fiber, iron, vitamins and minerals, and healthy fats.
Chia seeds also bring in a lot of nutritional value, most importantly (for me) are omega 3, 6, and calcium. Avocados are a terrific source of fiber, potassium, vitamin K (an essential vitamin that is fat-soluble that can only be absorbed with fat) among other things.
So now you know why I’m totally behind replacing some of the fruit for some avocado and chia seeds. They bring tons of other nutritional value and make this smoothie super thick!
Just like you saw in the video, I also like to pack the smoothie bowl to-go and bring it to the office. If you want to eat it with a spoon, you’ll need a wide-mouth thermos container.
Whether you make this a filling snack or meal replacer, this strawberry smoothie bowl is a winner in my home! No one can taste the avocado in the smoothie, and it delivers a lot of nutrition with each sip.
What other ways do you add nutrition to your smoothies?
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- ½ cup frozen strawberries
- ½ avocado
- 1 cup ice
- 2 teaspoons Chia Seeds
- 1 scoop Vanilla protein (optional)
- Hemp seeds, Muesli, additional chia seeds, shredded coconut, pepita seeds, etc. one strawberry whole, one sliced
- Place all ingredients inside your blender and blend until smooth, pausing a few times to stir mixture if necessary.
- Transfer smoothie inside a medium bowl and top with your favorite toppings.