Immune-Boosting Green Smoothie Bowl Recipe

Green Smoothie Bowls for Winter

You are looking at my current breakfast bliss. Green smoothie bowls have become a favorite of mine, and starting my days with these nutritious, delicious, energy-filled bowls shines a bright winter sunlight on my mornings.

Surely you’ve heard about green smoothies and how they’re taking the Internet world by storm. The idea is to add greens and various superfoods to your fruit smoothies to make them extra good for you, and to give you a headstart on your daily consumption of fresh produce. Beyond the inherent nutritional benefits of the green smoothie, aficionados report a halo effect that steers them toward healthier food choices throughout the day.

I was very tempted to get on board, but I’ve always been more inclined to eat my calories than drink them, so I could never quite warm up to the green smoothie. That is, until I discovered the concept of the green smoothie bowl, wherein you give it a thicker consistency so you can eat it with a spoon and — perhaps more important — sprinkle on all kinds of goodies for added texture.

How to build a green smoothie bowl

There are endless ways you can make a green smoothie bowl, but I typically build mine like this, with an emphasis on immune-boosting ingredients:

Green Smoothie Bowl: Ingredients

  • A foundation of greens, ideally a mix, and in rotation to maximize the benefits: spinach, Romaine lettuce, kale, Swiss chard, tetragon, beet leaves, parsley, celery leaves, cilantro…
  • A couple of fruits for flavor: many of the smoothie recipes I see out there rely heavily on tropical fruit (mangoes, pineapple) or berries (blueberries, raspberries, strawberries) but for my wintertime green smoothie bowls I try to favor more seasonal fruit such as pears, apples, kiwis, and tangerines.
  • A banana (preferably quite ripe, as in the photo) for sweetness;
  • Half an avocado and/or some coconut butter for the creaminess, healthy fats, and staying power;
  • A piece of ginger for flavor, plus a boost to my energy and immunity;
  • Citrus juice for flavor, vitamins, and alkalinizing action.

You blend all of these together with a few ice cubes (or frozen cubes of puréed vegetables if you have leftovers from your baby switching to solids) until you get something that’s a bit like soft-serve ice cream, incredibly flavorful and zesty. The formula is quite flexible of course, and you can play with it according to your preferences and what’s available to you; for instance, I like to throw in a couple of small carrots, a stick of celery, roasted winter squash, or a piece of raw beet if I have them on hand.

Favorite toppings for my green smoothie bowl

As for toppings, these are the ones I particularly like:

Green Smoothie Bowl: Toppings

  • Raw cacao beans, which I buy whole and chop finely, or roasted cacao nibs;
  • Flax meal, i.e. flax seeds that I grind fresh weekly in a coffee grinder I dedicate to seeds and spices;
  • Unsweetened grated coconut that I toast in the oven (about 8 minutes at 180°C, watching closely and stirring halfway through);
  • Dried berries, such as blueberries, cherries, or cranberries, for chewiness;
  • A touch of matcha (green tea powder) for color and caffeine!
  • Chia seeds for the texture and omega 3 fatty acids;
  • Fresh bee pollen (not vegan) for the flavor and the immune-boosting qualities (I buy this fresh from a beekeeper and keep it in my freezer);
  • Cinnamon, freshly ground with my fab grater (I use fresh cinnamon from Cinnamon Hill).

The whole thing is very quick to make, especially if you clean your greens ahead of time (see how I keep my greens fresh). Then it’s just a matter of peeling a couple of fruits and throwing them into the blender; if you’re able to invest in a high-speed blender (see more below about the one I own) you can just toss everything in without doing any chopping.

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And with that, you can kiss the winter doldrums goodbye, and keep those energy-sapping colds at bay!

Watch me demo my green smoothie bowl!

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Join the conversation

Have you hopped onto the green smoothie train yet? Do you have a favorite recipe to share? Or do you like green smoothie bowls better, and what are your favorite ingredient and topping combos?

Immune-Boosting Green Smoothie Bowls

About my high-speed blender

After years and years (and years) of yearning for a high-performance blender — to make really smooth soups, quick sauces and marinades, nut butters and milks, and of course smoothies — I have finally gotten one. Based on my research, I have picked an Optimum blender from Australian brand Froothie as an alternative to the better-known Vitamix or Blendtec. It’s just as high-performing, if not more so; the Optimum is a 2,611-watt blender with 6 stainless steel blades and a single 2-liter (2-quart) jug that works for both dry and liquid ingredients.

I have been (ecstatically!) happy with it, and have entered into a partnership with the brand, so if you’re interested in buying a Froothie blender for yourself, you can use the promo code CD-Optimum-Blender-20 to get $20 off your purchase of the Optimum 9200A on the US store and it comes on top of the rebate already offered on the site. (It will apply to the Canadian site very soon.) The same code will get you 20€ off the Optimum 9400 or 9200A on the French site, the Belgian site, or the Luxembourg site.

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Immune-Boosting Green Smoothie Bowl Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Serves 2.

Immune-Boosting Green Smoothie Bowl Recipe

Ingredients

    For the smoothie base:
  • The juice of 1/2 lemon or lime
  • 1 thumb-sized piece of ginger, peeled
  • 2 cups greens, from your choice of: spinach, Romaine lettuce, kale, Swiss chard, beet leaves, parsley, celery leaves, cilantro...
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1/2 ripe avocado
  • 1 kiwi, peeled
  • 1 tangerine or clementine, peeled
  • 1 heaping tablespoon of coconut butter
  • If you prefer a drinkable consistency for your green smoothie:
  • 240 ml (1 cup) flavorful liquid such as almond milk, rice milk, coconut water, or 120 ml (1/2 cup) coconut milk or yogurt thinned with 120 ml (1/2 cup) water
  • For topping, your choice of:
  • Raw cacao beans, finely chopped, or cacao nibs
  • Flax meal (i.e. freshly ground flax seeds)
  • Toasted grated coconut (unsweetened)
  • Dried berries (unsweetened)
  • Matcha (green tea powder)
  • Chia seeds
  • Fresh bee pollen
  • Freshly ground cinnamon (I use fresh cinnamon from Cinnamon Hill)

Instructions

  1. If your blender is not a high-speed blender, chop the smoothie ingredients into bite-sized pieces, including the greens.
  2. At the bottom of the blender, place 3 ice cubes with the lemon juice, ginger, and greens at the bottom of the blender. Blend well.
  3. Add in the banana, avocado, kiwi, tangerine, and coconut butter.
  4. Green Smoothie Bowl: In Blender
  5. Blend again until completely smooth. The consistency should be like soft-serve ice cream.
  6. Green Smoothie Bowl: Blended
  7. If you prefer a drinkable consistency for your green smoothie, add in the liquid and process again until fully blended.
  8. Divide among two bowls, sprinkle with the toppings of your choice, and enjoy !
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Green Smoothie Bowls for Winter

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  • Cheryl Lim

    A comment on your first cooking video: Yay, you made your first cooking video!

    The one problem that I have is that at the start, the title in a white font (with minimal drop shadow) on a slightly off-white background rendered several letters nearly invisible for me so I initially read ‘mune-Boost en Smoothie B’ instead which must be jarring for people who don’t subscribe to the various alerts or who view the video through YouTube alone instead of within the blog post which is clearly titled Immune Boosting Green Smoothie Bowl. I was also watching the video on a smaller size instead of through the YouTube site alone, so that didn’t help matters.

    I know the title is animated but it zoomed by pretty quick and not everyone can speed read; it’s not very accessible. I would suggest using a font with an outline or a different colour (font or background) next time.

    But yay, first cooking video! And your tiled wall is a lovely colour; it reminds me of limes!

    • Thank you very much for your feedback, Cheryl, that’s very helpful. I’m making a note of it and will pick a different, more readable title format for next time.

  • Floriane

    At the risk of seeming ignorant, Clotilde, what is the difference between your high-performance Froothie blender and your Kuvings cold press juicer? I longed for months to start doing smoothies & juices (fruits or vegetables), but I have to admit that the subject frightens me a little and I do not know where to begin.
    Thanks for the video though, it was really pleasant to watch! :)

    • A juicer like the Kuvings “cold presses” fruits and vegetables using a sort of large screw that crushes the produce and forces their juice out through a sieve. It’s chiefly used for making juices that are “thin”, like apple juice.

      A blender, on the other hand, uses metal blades to reduce things to a purée. So in the case of fruits and vegetables, you retain the fiber and get a thick consistency, i.e. a smoothie not a juice. You can also use it to mix soups, whizz sauces, process nuts into nut butter, etc.

      In short, I feel the blender has more uses, but it doesn’t do cold-press juices. Does that help?

      • Floriane

        Thanks a lot! It’s right that now I come to think of it, I never thought about consistency so your explanation makes it clearer to me :)

  • Amazing color!

  • Nis Donatzsky

    I really need a blender :)

    However, I also really have to point out that lemon is acidic (citric acid), so can’t very well make anything alkaline/basic. And if you’re mentioning this because you’ve fallen for the alkaline diet sham, I suggest you read these articles that explain why it’s rubbish:

    http://www.shape.com/healthy-eating/diet-tips/alkaline-diet-real-deal
    http://authoritynutrition.com/the-alkaline-diet-myth/

    • Are you in any way affiliated with MythBusters? :D Thank you for your comment. The alkaline/acidic balance is something that’s part of naturopathy, which I’m interested in, but I’ll check out the links you provided and read up.

      As for the skin on kiwis, you’re absolutely right. I guess I’m used to peeling them as I don’t like the texture when eating them on their own, but if they’re going to be blended, that’s not a problem.

  • Mini B

    I was wondering if you’ve attempted to use the Optima blender to make fine nut flour (for example almond or hazelnut flour)? Would it work as a substitute for a food processor (if you don’t need chopping and slicing functionality)? Thanks for your response! I’m trying to decide whether it might make sense for me or not :)

    • Absolutely! You can make really fine nut flour with the Froothie — in seconds, actually. What works best is to do it a cup or so at a time, so you get an even consistency without overprocessing (unless you want almond butter, which it will make efficiently too! ;).

      • Mini B

        Thanks for your response, Clotilde – and the tips, very useful to know! I think I will go ahead and get the blender :)

        • My pleasure! I hope you like it as much as I do, and please report back!

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