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Smoothie Bowl: the hip breakfast alternative

A cup of coffee and a bread roll with cheese, cold meats or jam - this is what breakfast looks like for most Germans. But there are other options for the first meal of the day. One alternative is a smoothie bowl. The fruit puree is not slurped out of a glass in this case but rather spooned from a bowl and refined with all sorts of toppings. This provides energy for the day and supplies the body with plenty of vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals.

The Basics

The basis for the bowl is a normal smoothie which should have a viscous consistency for eating with a spoon. To achieve this, blend 100 ml of liquid such as water, juice, milk or almond milk with 250 grams of fruit or vegetables. Fruit with low water content such as bananas, mangos, berries, pineapple, kiwis, pomegranates or peaches is ideal.

You can let your culinary imagination run wild

You can use berries, walnuts, almonds, shredded coconut, dried cranberries, puffed amaranth, flax seeds and coconut flakes as toppings. If you want something a bit sweeter, you can add soaked dates, some agave syrup, a spoonful of honey or peanut butter. Arrange the ingredients in a fan shape or swirls because we know we eat with our eyes too. A pinch of cinnamon, vanilla, ginger or fresh herbs adds more flavour. Use your imagination to create new variations so your breakfast does not become boring again. One delicious combination is a mango smoothie bowl with nuts, porridge oats, some almond milk and Greek yoghurt, for example. A green smoothie with spinach, rocket, cucumber, celery, green cabbage or beetroot provides a light snack. You can make the smoothie creamier with frozen fruits or an avocado, porridge oats, coconut milk, some yoghurt or low-fat cream cheese like quark. You can also add chia seeds, which should be allowed to soak in the smoothie for 15 minutes. Now blend the mixture, transfer it to a large bowl and decorate.


Source: Heike Kreutz, www.bzfe.de