There will be tons of smoothie bowls on megtrition, I can promise you that! One reason is that they are so tasty and so fun to photograph! However the main reason is that my opinion on smoothies for a very hearty snack or even a meal have completely changed. There's a few reasons for that...
The main reason is that I've learned to love smoothie recipes that have no fruit so are very low in sugar. I'm truly passionate about controlling sugar intake (a full blog post to come on this), but I used to only know how to make smoothies with tons of fruit in them and it would just be too much sugar for me, so I would avoid smoothies all together. So a smoothie with no or very little fruit, I know what you're thinking, how can that taste good?! It's admittedly a little bit of an acquired taste, but I promise with the right flavor combos you'll learn to love it!
Another reason I've learned to love smoothies/smoothie bowls is after reading Body Love by Kelly LeVeque (you can find a link to her book on my Good Reads page). She explains her formula for the perfect plate, which she cutely calls the "Fab Four" (protein, fat, fiber, greens). If you can fill your plate or smoothie with these four things, you will be fueling your body to truly run at its absolute best and avoid blood sugar spikes. Kelly makes a great point that most people are usually in a big rush (especially in the mornings), so a "Fab Four" smoothie might be the perfect solution.
Here are my favorite ingredients to make your Fab Four smoothie:
Protein: collagen peptides, chocolate protein powder, vanilla protein powder
Fat: avocado, almond butter, cashew butter, coconut butter
Fiber: flax seed, chia seed
Greens: spinach, kale, zucchini, cauliflower, micro greens
While I don't think a smoothie is always the best idea for a complete meal (e.g. if you're training hard and need more calorie dense food, if you have or are recovering from an eating disorder, and plenty of other reasons), I do think smoothies can be an excellent option for some people. I also found that in my specific case, smoothies were a great way to help heal some digestive issues I was having related to eating too much meat. I encourage you to experiment and find what works best for you!
The recipe for this coconut vanilla smoothie will help get you started! And hopefully the info above inspires you to try making fun new smoothies at home. And don't forget the fun toppings!