Smoothie Bowls Are a Better Breakfast Than Cereal — There, I Said It

Like the puppy that I do not have but hope to someday, smoothie bowls are perfect and I don't mind cleaning up after them.
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Like the puppy that I do not have but hope to someday, smoothie bowls are perfect and I don't mind cleaning up after them.

Remember a few months ago when The New York Times ran that article saying the cereal industry was dying and other publications latched onto a portion of the story saying Millennials were too lazy to clean their cereal bowls after they ate and that's why cereal industry was dying? 

I was all over here like, lol, da fuq?

Because:

  1. I'm so tired of bogus generational accusations and divides. It's tired and unproductive.
  2. That's not even what the actually study concluded! 

The article written on the study stated that almost 40% of Millennials surveyed by Mintel for its 2015 report said cereal was an inconvenient breakfast choice because they had to clean up after eating it

End stop.

Nowhere in the did it say "We asked a bunch young people if they were lazy, and said they were like, 'Yah, bruh, that's why I don't eat cereal. Feel me?'"

I'm so dang tired.

There are many reasons why breakfast has gone by the wayside, but let's not jump to lazy. Sometimes, in the morning I forget to put on deodorant before I have to leave to catch the train to endure the hour commute to my job, let alone have time to make, enjoy, and then clean up a breakfast meal. And if being lazy about a cereal bowl is what I prioritize to be lazy about when there are loans to pay off, full-time jobs to maintain, side hustles to grind at, systematic racism to fight, a patriarchy to take down, and climate change to reverse, I'll be as dang lazy about a cereal as I please! (It's been quite a week for me, dolls.)

I'm not here for your shame, Big Cereal. No one is lazy. Or maybe I am sometimes — I don't know. We're all just hustling to make it to our jobs that don't quite pay all the bills. So, for the time being, I've soured on cereal and am turning all my attention to smoothie bowls. 

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This is the new health bowl for the Instagram generation, and it's delicious and way easier to make than I ever thought. They're very satisfying, you can play around with ingredients and proportions, it's healthy AF, and you can dress them up or dress the down depending on whether you want a photo op with them. Like the puppy that I do not have but hope to someday, smoothie bowls are perfect and I don't mind cleaning up after them.

Below are a couple recipes for smoothie bowls that are delicious and easy and easily modified with different ingredients, which I love. One reason I'm bad at cooking and baking is the defined recipes and portions; I have an innate aversion to rules and being told what to do. It's not the best quality, but not my worst. So, with smoothies bowls, I tend to play with ingredients and portions. 

But to give you all some guidelines or jumping-off points, I spoke to a fitness fan and a nutritionist about their favorite recipes.

Sara Vance, nutritionist and author of The Perfect Metabolism Plan gave me these tips:

  • Choose naturally low-in-sugar, high-in-fiber fruits like acai, pitaya, or blueberries.
  • Freeze bananas when they are still green-tipped; they will be lower in sugar and higher in healthy, resistant starch.
  • "I always add a pinch of high-quality, unprocessed, mineral-rich salt (like Himalayan) to bring out the flavors and sweetness."
  • "I always add chia seeds, which boost the omega-3, fiber, protein and mineral content, fill you up, and help keep you hydrated and satisfied longer."

Her favorite recipe is the Pitaya Bowl:

  • 1/2 cup coconut water (alternatively you could use water or a non-dairy milk)
  •  1/4 cup soaked raw cashews (adds protein and healthy fats to stabilize blood sugar; also high in zinc; adds creaminess)
  • 1 big handful of baby spinach leaves (or greens powder or another leafy green)
  •  2 tsp of chia seeds— soak in coconut water for 3 to 5 minutes
  •  1 packet of PitayaPlus dragonfruit (it's in freezer section at Whole Foods)
  •  1/3 of a frozen banana
  • a pinch of high-quality salt
  • ice (as needed) to thicken
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Some suggested toppings (the first three are in the pictured recipe):

  • shredded unsweetened coconut
  • gluten-free granola
  • sliced banana
  • bee pollen
  • hemp hearts

Soak cashews in water for 10 mins (up to six hours), drain water. Put everything into a Vitamix or blender (except ice). Blend well, using tamper to stir. Add ice as desired to thicken; blend well, stirring. Spoon mixture into a bowl, add desired toppings and serve immediately.

And here's a smoothie bowl recommendation from my friend and fitness fan, Eli — The Buzz Bowl:

  • 1/4 cup cold brew coffee ("I like Chameleon")
  • a splash of almond milk
  • 1 frozen banana (sliced)
  • 1 scoop protein powder ("I like Plant Based ToneItUp Perfect Fit Protein in Chocolate or Vanilla Latte")
  • 2 tsp raw cacao powder
  • 1 tsp Raw Cacao Nibs
  • 1 medjool date
  • a sprinkle of cinnamon
  • 6 ice cubes
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And finally, my favorite smoothie bowl! The Calle Creation! Keep in mind I hate measuring.

  • 1 banana
  • a handful of cherries
  • acai frozen pack
  • unsweetened vanilla almond milk (a generous splash)
  • a handful of frozen dark cherries
  • a handful of blueberries
  • a hefty spoon of hemp powder

Have you tried making a smoothie bowl? They are way easier and way tastier than I imagined. Tell me your recipes, please!