I’m not shy about my love of smoothies, or more precisely my love of smoothie bowls. It’s the customization that really appeals to me. How you can so easily sneak in things like spinach and kale without noticing but also make them feel like a decadent treat. They’re great for kids as I’ve talked about here, and here, and here. See I love a good smoothie. But today I want to talk about toppings. Smoothie bowls are nothing without the toppings. They make an ordinary smoothie into something extra special and the nice part is that they’re endless. Below are 10 easy smoothie toppings to take your smoothie from good to great.
I’m a big fan of adding nuts to my smoothie bowls, especially for texture. My favorite add-on is slivered or sliced toasted almonds for a perfect crunch. But peanuts, walnuts, pistachios and cashews are just as amazing. To keep calories down consider chopping them up instead of dropping on whole.
When I’m making smoothies for Noe I add the seeds directly into the smoothie but for my smoothie bowls like to put them on top for crunch and contrast. My favorites are chia, flax and sesame seeds. I buy black and white sesame seeds just to mix it up. Eating is just as much about your eyes as your taste buds so having something different makes the bowls more fun to eat.
I don’t use a ton of nut butter on top of my smoothies but a lot of people like to add a spoonful of almond, sunflower seed or cashew butter to theirs for an added protein boost.
I’ve talked about adding quinoa to smoothies before in this post but I recently rediscovered it for smoothie bowls. I love the little crunch it has but it’s also a lower calorie topping option than some of the above and it gives a little extra protein and fiber for staying power.
It might seem weird to add fruit to a fruit smoothie but I love a few blueberries, sliced bananas or some sliced strawberries on top from time to time.
A little coconut goes a long way to making your smoothie feel decadent. Shredded, shaved, toasted, any of the above are great additions.
This is my absolute favorite smoothie bowl add on. My personal favorite is the granola in the bulk bins from Sprouts or Safeway but you can absolutely make your own as well.
Any crunchy cereal pairs well with smoothie bowls. Rice Crispies and Chex are a favorite on mine.
Again, it’s all about the texture. I personally really like how raisins and dried cranberries get a little hard from the cold smoothies adding a little extra chew and satisfaction to your smoothie bowl experience.
I didn’t say every topping was super healthy 🙂 But a few chocolate chips or shaved dark chocolate can take a smoothie to the next level. Just don’t go overboard.
So there you have it, 10 easy smoothie toppings that will take your smoothie bowl from good to great.