photos by kristen kilpatrick
Now that I’m eating breakfast more often, I’m faced with a new conundrum: how to make my morning meal healthy, quick, and most importantly, not boring. Since smoothies check all the boxes, I make one for brekkie most days of the week, but sometimes I just don’t want to drink my breakfast, ya know? Scroll on for my new favorite solution that combines all the healthy superpowers of a smoothie, but also requires a bowl and spoon (and therefore, feels a little more hearty. Even if it’s only in my imagination.)
Step 1: Make your smoothie extra thick.
For this to happen, you need to start with frozen fruits and veggies and add just enough liquid to combine it all together without getting too liquid-y. A high-powered blender works great here, so you can use the tamp to blend everything together but keep it thick. Here are my favorite smoothie recipes for this one:
Pro tip: when you’ve got ripe bananas on the counter, peel, break into large pieces, then store in a ziploc in the freezer so you’re always prepared.
Step 2: Put a few dollops of yogurt into your bowl, pour about a cup of smoothie on top, then use your spoon to swirl it together. Get artsy.
This is a really tough recipe, huh? Jk, but hey: things don’t have to be complicated to be good. Any yogurt will work here (I’m obsessed with Noosa), and I’ve also been experimenting with some of the dairy-free alternatives out there, like almond milk and plant based types.
Step 3: Go crazy with crunchy toppings.
Granola, berries, chia seeds, and toasted nuts are all delish. I love to keep a batch of my pecan and coconut granola on hand in the freezer for times like these.