This ketogenic smoothie bowl is filled with amazing superfood ingredients – like matcha powder, goji berries, chia seeds, and more. Plus, it’s completely sugar-free, dairy-free (and nut-free) and low in carbohydrates so you can enjoy it on a ketogenic diet as well as a Paleo (or any other low carb diet).
First, let me introduce some of these amazing ingredients to you:
What is matcha powder? Matcha powder is essential powdered Japanese green tea. If you’ve been to Japanese restaurants, then they might have served you matcha tea. Or if you’ve ever had green tea ice-cream or other green tea flavored desserts, then you would have likely tasted matcha in them.
Benefits of matcha powder While matcha has been used in Japan for millennia, it’s recently entered the Western world as a desirable superfood. From being a great antioxidant to boosting energy and concentration, matcha is now a revered substance! Whether the claims are exaggerated or not, matcha is definitely a great tasting and pretty healthy ingredient to add into your morning smoothie bowl. At the very least it’ll give you a boost of caffeine.
Ketogenic Smoothie Bowl Ingredient – Chia Seeds
What are chia seeds? You’ve probably come across chia seeds before. They’re these tiny balls that become puffed up when hydrated to form a sort of gel. They’re great in various recipes for adding some stickiness to things as well as for adding crunch.
What do chia seeds look like? Here’s a photo of chia seeds when they’re dry, and below that is a photo of the gel that forms around the chia seeds when they’re soaked in water (or juice) for a while.
Benefits of chia seeds: Like matcha powder, chia seeds have been used in ancient cultures. Unlike matcha, the ancient cultures that relied on chia seeds were based in South America rather than Asia (e.g., Aztec, Mayan, and Inca cultures).
Health-wise, chia seeds have been known as a superfood due to their omega-3 content (although honestly, the omega-3 in chia seeds is not the best form for you – omega-3 in seafood is much better).
Ketogenic Smoothie Bowl Ingredient – Goji Berries
What are goji berries? Goji berries (sometimes also called wolfberries) are these bright red (slightly orange) berries that are native to China (traditionally grown along the Yellow River). The goji berries we’re used to seeing are mostly in the dried form – they look a bit like withered and wrinkled red olive pits!
The actual health benefits of goji berries are debated, but they do add a very slight sweetness (as well as beautiful color) to the smoothie bowls.
Ketogenic Smoothie Bowl Ingredient – Cacao Nibs
What are cacao nibs? As I explain in this article here, cacao nibs are basically broken pieces of cacao beans. They’re very crunchy and rather bitter.
Benefits of cacao nibs: Health-wise, they are a decent source of some minerals like magnesium and potassium. They are also high in antioxidants as well as fiber. And it’s probably these properties that have elevated cacao nibs to the status of “superfood” in the media.
What do cacao nibs look like? Here’s a photo of cacao nibs:
Ketogenic Smoothie Bowl Ingredient – Coconut
I probably don’t have to tell you too much about coconuts, and this ketogenic smoothie recipe uses both coconut yogurt (you can use a different base instead of the coconut yogurt e.g., if you’re ok with dairy, then Greek yogurt would work) and coconut flakes.
Step 2: Pour smoothie into a bowl. Make sure the smoothie is thick enough.
Step 3: Start adding the toppings one at a time.
You can place the toppings on however you like – strips or quadrants or little patches or circular or all together. This is your chance to be creative with your food. You can also add additional yogurt on top.