Almond Raspberry Smoothie Bowl
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I really do love this time of year, not just because it’s absolutely beautiful here in Palm Springs, but because everyone is so focused on becoming healthier. January has a very positive vibe to it. People are focused, active and excited about being a better version of themselves – I know I am! When thinking about how to eat healthier, breakfast is a great place to start as it sets the tone (and energy level) for the day. My favorite go-to? Smoothie bowls like this Almond Raspberry one.
Smoothie bowls are so ultra fabulous because they take an already great idea – smoothies – and take them up a notch. You can hide just about anything in a smoothie, which is what makes them such a powerhouse when it comes to nutrition. The only thing they lack, though, is texture. Some mornings, I just CRAVE texture, especially a big crunch. Enter, the smoothie bowl.
When you pour your smoothie into a bowl, you now have options to add toppings, much like you would at your favorite fro-yo spot. I generally put the same things on top of my smoothie bowls – fresh fruit, cereal, nuts and chia seeds. These add a ton of texture to your smoothie, which I think leaves you much more satisfied than drinking just a smoothie.
If I’m in a rush, the only thing I’ll add is cereal because I find that crunch the most important part! You can use all kinds of cereal, whatever you like/have on hand, but I like to use cereals that have a variety of textures – flakes, oats, clusters, nuts or dried fruits – these are the absolute best. Since their arrival to my local Walmart shelves, I have been obsessed with the Great Grains cereals. I’ve used the Raisins, Dates & Pecans variety in two other recipes on the blog but today I used Crunchy Pecan. In Post Cereals Great Grains, there are 36 grams of whole grain per serving, 12 vitamins and minerals, and 20% of your daily value for fiber.
If you are not a clean-eating, nutrition nut, don’t worry. Finding a new you this year can be achieved with simple choices and healthy meals like smoothie bowls. Remember, you can hide anything in a smoothie. In this raspberry almond smoothie, I added a superfood-packed protein powder that offers a HUGE boost in health and also energy. No one even notices, even the kiddos. If you have picky eater kids, definitely offer them a smoothie bowl – let them add the toppings to make it fun and interactive.
Like I mentioned before, cereal is everything when it comes to a smoothie bowl. The three varieties below are some of my favorites to use as crunchy toppers, but also just to enjoy on their own. I love Great Grains, but Grape Nuts and Post Cereals Raisin Bran are classics that I always keep in my pantry. When I don’t have time to “make” breakfast, cereal is my go-to and also my favorite late night meal. Staying on track nutritionally is always easier when you have healthy, convenient foods on hand like cereal. Not only is cereal filling, but choices like Post Cereals Grape Nuts, which have been a morning staple for over 100 years, is an excellent source of 7 grams of fiber, and contains 52 grams of whole grain.
Start your day off right with spoonfuls of goodness from Post Cereals. Find Great Grains, Grape Nuts and Post Cereals Raisin Bran at Walmart in the cereal aisle. For more ideas on what to do with cereal outside of a bowl with milk, check out this #cerealanytime Pinterest page!
Raspberry Almond Smoothie Bowl
- 1 cup frozen raspberries
- 1 1/2 cups almond milk
- 1 heaping Tbl almond butter
- 1 heaping Tbl strawberry protein powder
- 2 dates, pits removed
- Great Grains cereal
- fresh raspberries
- chia seeds
- sliced almonds
- coconut flakes
- In a blender, combine all smoothie ingredients and blend on high until smooth. Pour into bowls.
- Top with cereal, fresh raspberries, chia seeds and sliced almonds. If desired, sprinkle coconut flakes over top. Enjoy!