Blueberry Banana Smoothie Bowl
This blueberry banana smoothie recipe takes minutes to make with just 5 simple ingredients: spinach, almond milk, frozen banana, frozen blueberries and vegan vanilla protein powder. Top it off with your favourite smoothie bowl toppings and dig in! It’s a little like ice cream, a little like a smoothie and a whole lotta delicious.
Health Benefits of Blueberries
I think you’re probably familiar with the health benefits of blueberries by now but a quick review can’t hurt. I find the more I know about the benefits of foods, the easier it is to include them in my diet on a regular basis. Here are just a few of the benefits of blueberries:
- they’re antioxidant rich and help to protect our bodies from the damage done by free radicals
- the anthocyanins in blueberreis help proteinct against high blood pressure
- eating blueberries could improve memory and cognition by fighting free radicals that damange the brain
- a compound in blueberries called pterostilbene may help protect against colon cancer
- they have anti-inflammatory properties so are a great food for athletes and those suffering from an auto-immune disease such as arthritis
- 1 cup contains 25% of your daily vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant
- they contain iron, calcium, magnesium, vitamin K, manganese and zinc, all of which are important in maintaining healthy bones
- they fibre they contain helps reduce cholesteorl levels and decease the risk of heart disease
- the vitamin B6 and folate they contain may help reduce the risk of heart attack
Those are just a few of the deets on blueberries. Like any berry, blueberries are low in sugar, high in fibre and an excellent food to include in your diet regularly. Plus, they taste amazing, so why not, right?!
I’ve got a couple other blueberry smoothies recipes, check out my Blueberry Sweet Potato Smoothie or Low-Sugar Blueberry Coconut Smoothie Bowl. You could also try my Peanut Butter Banana Blueberry Oatmeal. Blueberries are also excellent in salads!
Best Smoothie Bowl Toppings
Ah, my favourite topic. Smoothie bowl toppings! This is where it gets fun. Here are the best toppings for smoothies bowls:
- nuts: almonds, cashews, pecans, walnuts, hazelnuts, pistachios
- seeds: hemp seeds, chia seeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds
- nut butters: peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter, hazelnut butter, homemade or store-bought
- seed butters: tahini, sunflower seed butter
- dried fruit: goji berries, mulberries, chopped dates, rasins, chopped figs, chopped prunes
- fats: cacao nibs, flaked coconut, shredded coconut, coconut butter
Smoothie Nutrition Boosters
Another fun part of creating smoothies is blending in nutrition boosters. These are totally optional as you’re already getting a ton of nutrition from the blueberries however, if you don want to give yourself a little boost here are my favourite superfoods to add to smoothies:
- handful of spinach or kale
- spoonful of ground flax
- superfood powders: morniga, spirulina, chlorella, camu camu
- adaptogenic herbs: maca, ashwagandha, holy basil, rhodiola, shativari, schizandria
- medicinal mushroom: chaga, lion’s mane, cordyceps, reishi. I recommend Four Sigmatic for this, use “runningonrealfood” for 10% off. Shop here.
Best Blender for Smoothies
I have to recommend a Vitamix. I know it’s an investment but ever since I got one I now understand the Vitamix craze. It’s a smoothie game-changer and I use it at least twice a day for everything from sauces to dips, smoothies, matcha, soups, dressings, you name it.
I bought a refurbished Vitamix so it was little more affordable than a brand new one. They come just like new with a full warranty so it’s a great option if you don’t want to shell out for a new one. Mine came to $400 which I can totally get on board with for something I use so often and I know will last for years.
I got the model with just a switch and a dial. I didn’t want all the fancy digital buttons. I also got the shorter container which has been great but I would recommend the taller one if you plan on making small portions. I don’t have the single-serving attachment but if anyone has it, let me know what you think because I do miss that feature from my Ninja Blender!
Get Smoother Smoothies, Shop Vitamix! I really can’t recommend one enough, especially to take your soups and smoothies to the next level.
If a Vitamix isn’t in the works for you right now, Ninja Blender is a great options too. I had one for years and it was more than adequate. I even made nut butters, hummus and all my no-bake bar recipes in it. It’s a fantastic option for under $100.
Blend up this Blueberry Bowl
Okay, blueberry banana smoothie bowl. You really can’t go wrong with a blueberry and banana combo, you know? Blueberries add the nutritional punch, frozen banana adds the ultimate creaminess and vegan protein powder adds the protein to round out those carbs. I’d recommend adding a source of fat as a topping to help balance it further.
Recipe Nutritional Details
This recipe serves 1 and not including the toppings, it provides 282 calories with of 41 grams of carbohydrates, 25 grams of protein and 4 grams of fat. You’ll also be getting potassium, fibre, vitamin K, manganese, vitamin C, iron and calcium.Print
- 3/4 to 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (250 mL)
- 1 1/4 cup frozen blueberries (140 g)
- 1/2 a frozen banana (60 g)
- handful of fresh spinach (30 g)
- 1 scoop vanilla plant-based protein of choice (30 g)
- Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender, starting with 3/4 cup milk and adding a bit more if needed, mix until thick, smooth and creamy.
- Scoop into a bowl, add desired toppings and enjoy.
To make this a drinkable smoothie, simply add more almond milk until you reach your desired consistency.
- Serving Size: 1
- Calories: 282
- Fat: 4 g
- Carbohydrates: 41 g
- Fiber: 10 g
- Protein: 25 g
Keywords: protein, shake, smoothie bowl, high-protein