Blueberry Protein Smoothie Bowl

 Vegan blueberry protein smoothie bowl recipe 

I have to admit, until quite recently I was a little skeptical of smoothie bowls. I thought they were kind of impractical and just a way that Instagrammers could make their smoothies look better for photos. But having made a few now I've realised they're pretty awesome because: 

  • Using a spoon to eat your smoothie takes much longer than simply drinking it, which really helps control your eating speed
  • You can make smoothie bowls much thicker - this adds variety and it kind of feels like you're having ice cream for breakfast which is obviously a massive morning win
  • You can appreciate the toppings - for example I love kiwi fruit but if it were blended up with the smoothie the flavour would be kind of lost
  • Yes, they look prettier too, but this is actually important because good presentation of food is a major component to the enjoyment of a meal 

I still drink my smoothies most mornings because time is often short, but when I get the chance I'll definitely be making smoothie bowls more often now. This one was delicious - here's how I made it:

Blueberry Protein Smoothie Bowl

Ingredients (serves 1):

Toppings:

  • 1 fresh kiwi fruit
  • 1 Tbsp toasted almond flakes
  • 2 Tbsp fresh bueberries
  • 1 tsp chia seeds

Method:

Chuck all ingredients in a blender and whizz up until smooth... that's it! You can add a little more water if you want a more liquid consistency, or a few ice cubes to make it thicker. Cut up the kiwi fruit and arrange on top along with the other toppings. It's that simple.

These are great for post-workout refuelling. The natural sugars in the fruits and the protein from the Vega powder, nuts, and seeds is the perfect combination for muscle recovery and growth. 

Nutrition:

  • Protein: 17.8g  (Women: 35.6% / Men: 32.4%)
  • Iron: 4.2mg  (Women: 28.4% / Men: 48.3%)
  • Calories: 359  (Women: 18.0% / Men: 14.4%)
  • Sugars: 32.9g  (Women: 36.6% / Men: 27.4%)
  • Total Fats: 8.4g  (Women: 12.0% / Men: 8.8%)
  • Saturated Fats: 0.8g  (Women: 4.0% / Men: 2.7%)
  • Salt: 0.3g  (Women: 5.0% / Men: 5.0%)
  • Fibre: 13.8g  (Women: 46.0% / Men: 46.0%)

See the Nutrition Info page for more details on % of Dietary Reference Values for men and women.