The following article has been written by Bel from The Root Cause.
Studies show that eating breakfast improves memory and attention, with an overall positive effect on cognitive performance. Therefore, it goes without saying that breakfast is an important meal.
However, it’s also a meal that is often skipped – an Australian study found that 14.8% of children skip breakfast. Teachers estimate that when a child comes to school hungry, they lose up to two hours of learning per day.
These studies indicate that having something for breakfast is better than nothing. But, if we’re offering up breakfast, smoothie bowls are a great option.
A smoothie bowl is a super thick smoothie, served in a bowl (or in an overflowing mason jar in Instagram photos), that usually combines some fruit, vegetables, proteins, good fats, and some complex carbohydrates.
With one smoothie bowl, you can:
Fibre is important for your child’s gut health, with the fibre feeding your child’s beneficial gut bacteria. The fibre also makes their digestive system work a bit harder, so it will help keep them fuller for longer.
And the beautiful thing is they can be made simply, look fun and be super delicious too.
A great smoothie includes a mix of fruit, vegetables, proteins, good fats, and some complex carbohydrates. You can use the template below to help you design your own great smoothie bowl. This is also a fantastic way to empower your kids to play a more active role in making their own breakfast bowl too.
300g frozen fruit
1/4 cup frozen vegetables
1/4 – 1/2 cup liquid
1 tbsp protein
1 tbsp good fats
1 tbsp complex carbohydrates
Choose one or more of the following ingredients in your BOOST options to make your smoothie bowl extra creamy.
Steam and puree a heap of your vegetables like sweet potato and cauliflower in batches. Then freeze them in silicon min muffin trays or ice cube trays. Once frozen, pop them out and store them in a container for ease of use.
You can even pop all the ingredients into one zip lock bag and store them in the freezer so that all you need to do is pull out the bag, pop them in your blender, then add the liquid.
I hope you enjoy trying out smoothie bowls for breakfast or even as a great wholefoods snack. When talking to your kids about smoothie bowls, you may prefer to talk to them about this being a breakfast ice cream. You can just adjust the liquid amount to make the smoothie bowl more like the consistency of ice cream.