I am really not a smoothie person. I don’t even own a blender.
But the whole world seems to be obsessed with this smoothie bowl fad! If you follow as many food bloggers and foodies as I do, you’ll see at least 2-3 pictures of smoothie bowls every day! They’re everywhere, and I must say, they are gorgeous. With such vibrant colors and even more vibrant toppings they are definitely works of art. And these masterpieces take all of 5 minutes to prepare, so why have I never tried? Well, I’m not really a breakfast kind of person. To be honest, I usually forget to eat until around 2/3 PM when my stomach finally puts its foot down. I know it’s not the healthiest way to go, I’m just so busy throughout the morning and everything else seems more important than eating.
This past week I cleaned the fridge one morning and I pulled out a few fruits that needed to be eaten in the next day or so. I decided I could take five minutes out of my day to try and make a quick brunch for myself, and with the fruit in hand, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to try a smoothie bowl. And honestly, it really only took five minutes. I know myself though, and that I would not get full on fruit alone. I would just end up needing to eat something else again soon, which would be a waste of the whole brunch thing, so I decided to try adding some chia seeds which are packed with protein, fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, and calcium. That all sounds good to me! I also love their consistency when they blend with water – very tapioca-like and thought it would make the perfect addition to my smoothie for a nice and filling brunch. It definitely was!
As I said, I don’t own a blender, so I made this in the food processor. That worked for me, because – just like gazpacho – I like my smoothies chunky. But if you’re on the other end of the spectrum and want a smooth smoothie, just throw it into the blender! Also, if you’re not a coconut person (if that’s even possible) substitute for almond or soy milk or even go dairy! You can also serve this as a refreshing soup on a hot summer day!