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Smoothie Bowl or the 50/50/50 bowl

Smoothie bowls are a bit of a fashionable thing at the moment, but I am not going to hold that against them because they can be made in advance, they can be (note the use of can be here, always check the ingredients if you are not making it yourself) very healthy, and they are quick, easy and convenient, when we team that up with healthy I call that a win/win!

Oh yes, doesn't that look amazing. OO! Let's look at another one.

MMMMM! Okay, enough with the salivating, let's get cooking.

So the reason I call these 50/50/50 bowls is because we are looking at three types of fruit in 50 gram or 50% increments. Here, let me show you, let's go to the recipe.

Ingredients - serves one

1/2 (50%) of a banana

50g of a fruit

50g of another fruit.

Hang on, this isn't working, let's do it this way. We are looking at having three types of fruit that taste good together. I have done this with quite a few combinations now and they have all been delicious. The two bowls I have shown you in the photos were

Bowl 1 - 1/2 a banana, 50g frozen unsweetened acai puree, 50g frozen stewed plum

Bowl 2 - 1/2 a banana, 50g peeled pear, 50g frozen mango

You see? I have also made 50g frozen blueberry, 50g strawberry, 50g apple, that was yummy. 50g blackberry, 50g strawberry, 50g frozen mango, again, yummy. You get the drift? Good so let's go back to our recipe and we will use the bowl in the second photo as an example and you can just change up the fruits to suit yourself.

Ingredients - bowl 1

1/2 a banana

50g frozen mango pieces

50g (1/2) a pear, peeled and cored

80g almond milk, or milk of your choice

20g chia seed

2g psyllium husk (optional, I use it because it firms the bowl up and also my gut loves it)

In a high speed blender, I used my nutribullet, puree the fruit and the almond milk, tip in the chia seed (and psyllium if you are using it), give it a stir, pour it into a small bowl, cover, pop into the fridge for at least two hours or until you are ready to eat it. I usually make mine the night before so it is sitting waiting to be my breakfast when I wake up before the sun to do the breakfast shift at work (I have no interest in cooking before 5am!)

Right, so here it is, it has been soaking overnight, you can eat it like that if you want to and it will be delicious! Or you can top it with some nice little bits and pieces, maybe a little yogurt, some nuts or seeds, a little fruit if you really want to gild the lily, the thing is, here is a really nutritious, delicious breakfast that you can pretty up into something fancy, or you can just gobble it down and give yourself a pat on the back that you have started the day right, it is up to you.

Top tips? Well, the riper the banana the sweeter it will be. Watch out for added sugar in your acai puree. Add frozen berries, they are a freezer staple that works really well here! Think about what flavours you enjoy, if you are thinking tropical this would be glorious done with mango, passionfruit (don't puree that one, add it with the chia seed), banana and coconut milk, mmm, I want that now.... if you want a berry blast, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries.... Go forth and create, the world is your smoothie bowl.



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