Does your skin have the Winter Blahs? This refreshingly creamy and satisfyingly spoonable Glow Smoothie Bowl is packed with all of the deliciousness your skin is craving! Make it today for a treat that will have you glowing from the inside out!
Smoothie or Smoothie Bowl
The first time I made a smoothie bowl I didn’t actually know they were “a thing”. I was craving all of the cold, delicious, nutrient dense goodness a smoothie can offer but I wanted something more satisfying and substantial. Something that felt like an actual meal. Something with texture…spoonable and creamy and crunchy at the same time.
So I made my usual smoothie but thicker, scraped it into a bowl and bedazzled it with a few of my favorite toppings. I don’t think I’ve sipped a smoothie since. It’s been all spoons for me ever since!
And that’s basically the difference between a smoothie and a smoothie bowl. You drink a smoothie because, well… it’s smooth and drinkable. A smoothie bowl on the other hand is thick enough eat with a spoon and gets the added bonus of texture and chewability by way of berries, nuts, cacao nibs, etc. sprinkled on top.
It Doesn’t Need To Be Insta-Worthy
Once I had that first smoothie bowl I started noticing eye-catching, intricately-spiraled over the top smoothie bowl works of art everywhere. They’re gorgeous and impressive, but I’m a bit of a minimalist when it comes to my own creations. I’m hungry and I just want to eat. I don’t have time for all that.
Maybe you can relate?
Plus, you know what? Food is so beautiful on it own. It doesn’t always need extra help from us… sometimes nature is the best makeup artist. I mean, look at those colors and textures!
Gahhh 🥰 ! Just looking at it makes me feel good #BeautifulFood #NaturalBeauty #NoFilter #IWokeUpLikeThis
Skin Loving Ingredients!
Every. Single. One of these ingredients contains vitamins and antioxidants that are known to be beneficial for your skin and for collagen production. Specifically Vitamins C, E, B6, A and K plus Omega-3, Lutein, Potassium, Lineolic Acid and Manganese. And guess what? Their superfood benefits don’t stop at your skin! This bowl is filled with brain loving, gut loving, energy loving, well-beingness.
What’s In The Glow Smoothie Bowl?
- Pomegranate arils
- Milk- I use dairy milk but feel free to use plant based milk if dairy isn’t your thing
- Plain yogurt (greek or regular)
- Beet Root Powder
- Collagen Powder
- Hemp Hearts
- Cacao Nibs
- Optional Honey
When I make my Glow Smoothie Bowl I skip the honey because I love the fresh, natural flavors without additional sweetness. If you like things a little sweeter (no shame in that!) you should absolutely add some honey, either in the smoothie mixture or drizzled over the top. This is your smoothie bowl so make it your way!
And speaking of doing your own thing…feel free to improvise other ingredients and use what you have available. Blackberries, raspberries, strawberries or blueberries are all high in antioxidants and are equally delicious sprinkled on top. Swap acai powder for the beet powder or kale for the spinach. You get the idea…you do you 🥰
Fresh Or Frozen?
I specify in the recipe card which ingredients I use fresh and which I use frozen, but feel free to switch that up, too. My suggestion is at least three frozen ingredients. For me that’s usually the blueberries, bananas and pomegranate arils because I almost always have fresh spinach and avocados on hand.
As long as you use a combination of fresh and frozen you’ll achieve the creamy, thick texture that makes a really good smoothie bowl. It doesn’t matter which is which.
For even more convenience you can portion ahead and freeze individual servings. This is also a great way to save those avocados on the verge of being overripe or fresh spinach that’s no longer salad-worthy.
A Few Words On Pomegranates
Pomegranates are a true powerhouse of nutritional benefits! They’re high in antioxidants, Vitamins C, E and magnesium. Pomegranates are different from other fruits in that the edible part is the seeds/arils inside. Arils are the juicy little pockets of pomegranate goodness surrounding each seed. The seeds are a great fiber source and help balance the natural sugars found in pomegranates.
You have options when buying and storing pomegranates:
- Buy the whole fruit and remove the arils yourself– Buy fruits that feel heavy for their size (it means they’re fresher and juicier) and store whole at room temperature for up to a month or refrigerate for up to two months. If you’ve never worked with a fresh pomegranate before, don’t be intimidated. Here’s a quick video showing you how to quickly seed a pomegranate.
- Buy the arils already scooped out- You can find them in the refrigerated produce section or in bags in the freezer section. The refrigerated arils will keep for about five days in the fridge. If they get a funky smell (like alcohol or nail polish remover) or the bright red starts looking brownish they’re past their prime.
I prefer the frozen arils for making smoothie bowls, personally. When pomegranates are in season you can buy several and freeze the seeds yourself, too. Just spread them out on a lined, rimmed baking sheet, pop in the freezer, and once they’re frozen pour them into a freezer bag. They’ll keep for up to six months.
Is It Magic?
In all transparency, one glow smoothie bowl isn’t going to magically improve your skin overnight. BUT there’s power in regularly feeding yourself nutrient dense, antioxidant rich foods and this smoothie bowl is a great place to start!
And if you make it a habit? It won’t take long before you DO see and feel the difference!
I’d love to hear about your favorite smoothie bowl combos…let me know how you smoothie bowl in the comments!
- 1/4 cup frozen pomegranate seeds
- 1/4 cup frozen blueberries
- handful of fresh spinach (about 1/2 cup, packed)
- 1/2 of a frozen banana
- 1/2 of an avocado, cut up
- 1/3 cup milk
- 1/3 cup plain yogurt (greek or regular)
- 1 teaspoon beetroot powder
- 1 teaspoon collagen powder
- fresh raspberries, blackberries or strawberries for topping
- 2 Tablespoons sliced almonds
- 1 teaspoon hemp hearts
- 2 teaspoons cacao nibs
- Place pomegranate seeds, blueberries, spinach, banana, avocado, milk, yogurt, beetroot powder and collagen powder in the jar of a blender and process on high until smooth. You may need to stop and shake it a few times to get everything blended completely.
- Scrape smoothie into a shallow bowl and sprinkle with hemp hearts, almonds, raspberries and cacao nibs.