Disclosure: This blog post is part of a series that I received funds for from the Midwest Dairy Council to highlight dairy-focused recipes that feature the versatility, nutrition, and delicious flavor of dairy.
I’ve got to be honest here. When I first started seeing bloggers and other dietitians post photos of smoothie bowls, I kind of rolled my eyes. If I’m drinking a smoothie for a meal, it is usually because I’m short on time and certainly do not want to be eating my smoothie with a spoon.
I’m a convert. Sure, it may not be for everyone or for everyday. But a smoothie bowl can be a great way to get in different flavors and nutrition, and picking out your toppings is just plain fun!
I will admit I had a great time looking for toppings that not only went with the smoothie flavor of mint chocolate, but also were red or green to go along with the holiday season. And, if you’ve caught my video on Instagram, you’ll notice that you can sub in pomegranate arils for dried cranberries, too!
On the nutrition side, adding Greek yogurt made from whole milk means this smoothie bowl is going to be higher in fat and protein. That combo will help you feel full and may also help you stay fuller for a longer period of time. Full-fat dairy does not have to be off limits at home. Win, win! It’s a nutrient-packed breakfast option that will be sure to bring a smile to your face. Give it a whirl this week!
Mint Chocolate Smoothie Bowl
Makes 1 smoothie bowl
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 cup whole-milk vanilla Greek yogurt
- 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1-2 drops mint extract
- 1 tablespoon of each topping:
- Dried cranberries or pomegranate arils
- Chia seeds
- Pumpkin seeds
- Mini chocolate chips
- 2 tablespoons diced Granny Smith apples
- Add milk, yogurt, cocoa powder, and mint extract to a blender. Blend until smooth.
- Pour smoothie into bowl. Top with remaining ingredients.
- Enjoy immediately!
Nutrition Facts: 440 calories, 19.6 g fat (8.4 g saturated, 4.9 g polyunsaturated, 2.9 g monounsaturated), 110 mg sodium, 318.5 mg potassium, 49.3 g total carbohydrate (7.3 g fiber, 23.4 g sugar), 19.2 g protein. 34.4% DV of calcium, 11.9% DV of iron.
Do you have a favorite smoothie bowl combination? What’s your favorite topping to sprinkle on top? Let me know below!