Start your day off right with this tasty and nutritious blueberry smoothie bowl! Loaded with antioxidants, it’s vibrant and absolutely delicious.
Smoothie bowls are my new favorite way to enjoy a smoothie. It feels more satisfying to eat my breakfast with a spoon than to sip it through a straw! This blueberry smoothie bowl is made with just 3 ingredients and is every bit as delicious as it is beautiful!
Are you a smoothie fan? I love them! My only issue with traditional smoothies is that they don’t seem all that filling to me. I think it’s a mental thing. When I’m sipping a drink or smoothie, it doesn’t feel like I’m actually getting my calories and nutrients in. Plus I can easily sip a smoothie in about 5 minutes. With a smoothie bowl, however, the physical act of eating with a spoon makes me feel fuller, and it forces me to slow down a little.
I don’t know about you, but I hate being rushed through a meal. Maybe it’s because I seriously think about food allllll the time, so I’ve been looking forward to that meal for a while. Anyone else constantly thinking of food? Please tell me it’s not just me lol.
Okay so I’m sold on eating my smoothies with a spoon, but…
WHAT IS A SMOOTHIE BOWL
It’s pretty much exactly like it sounds… a smoothie, in a bowl! Generally smoothie bowls are a little thicker than a traditional smoothie, since you want to actually be able to eat it with a spoon and not have all your toppings sink down into it. This recipe is made a little thicker than a drinkable smoothie, but not crazy thick. If you want it thicker, start on the lesser end of the milk range and test it. If it’s too thick, add a splash of milk and blend again.
WHAT MAKES A SMOOTHIE THICK
Several things can thicken a smoothie. Using less liquid, using an ingredient that soaks up liquid, using frozen ingredients, etc. For this recipe I opted to use frozen blueberries instead of fresh, so they would naturally thicken the smoothie. Plus they seem to give that incredibly vibrant purple color! I also use less liquid (milk) than I normally would for a drinkable smoothie. I didn’t add any ingredients that soak up liquid, like chia seeds, since that would alter the point value. 2 Tbsp of chia seeds is about 4 smart points. If you have an extra point or so to spare, adding a some chia seeds would be a great way to boost the antioxidant value, as well as adding some great omega-3 fatty acids!
DO I ADD ICE TO THIS BLUEBERRY SMOOTHIE
Since we used the frozen blueberries, there’s no need for ice. If you choose to use fresh blueberries, which you totally can, you’ll have to use some ice cubes. When I tested this recipe I found that using fresh blueberries didn’t yield as vibrant of a purple color, but it still tasted delicious.
CAN I MAKE THIS BLUEBERRY SMOOTHIE WITH ALMOND MILK
YES! I used the 2% milk because that’s what we have on hand most of the time, but in fact, using unsweetened almond milk (or vanilla almond milk for a more vanilla-y smoothie) will save you 1 smart point per serving!
Now I will say that I purposely fully didn’t add any sweeteners to this smoothie bowl. My reasoning is that sweeteners, of any kind, are a personal decision. Some people prefer agave, some prefer honey. Some go for granulated sugar, where others go for sugar-free sweeteners like stevia. Depending on the sweetness of the frozen blueberries, you may not need any sweetening at all. My advice would be to make the recipe as written, taste it, and adjust per your tastes. Obviously any non sugar-free sweeteners will increase your point value, so keep that in mind.
BUT WAIT A MINUTE, AREN’T BLUEBERRIES A ZERO POINTS FOOD?
You’re right, they’re definitely on the zero point foods list… but on the freestyle program, Weight Watchers treats drinks and smoothies differently. Their reasoning is that smoothies and drinks don’t make you feel as full, so it’s easy to over-eat them. You can read all about it here. I don’t know how that is altered because we are actually chewing and eating this smoothie bowl… but to err on the side of caution, the points from the blueberries are counted.
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Healthy Yogurt and Blueberry Smoothie Bowl
Start your day off right with this tasty and nutritious blueberry smoothie bowl!
- 2 cups frozen unsweetened blueberries
- 6 oz low-fat vanilla yogurt
- 1 cup 2% milk
Blend all ingredients and pour into a shallow bowl. Top with chia seeds, shaved coconut, fresh blueberries, fresh raspberries, and kiwi slices in crescent moon pattern. Each topping should be one strip of the crescent pattern.
Add all ingredients to blender and puree until smooth. Pour into shallow bowls and top with desired toppings. Serve cold and enjoy!
Kiwi slices | Shaved coconut | Fresh blueberries | Fresh raspberries | Chia seeds | And any others you'd like!
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