Plain Jane acai bowls are sooo 2017, am I right? Time to step up our game in the kitchen and dive into other superfood combos we can indulge in & take pictures of for our IG feed. Smoothie bowls are so easy to make, and you can customize them according to your every need, craving, or desire- from the base to the toppings you choose to finish it off with.
I love playing with different fruits, superfoods, and loads of healthy fats (hello peanut butter, cashew butter, pistachio butter), so here are some of my favorite bowls you need to try this summer!
I am absolutely in love with this “overnight-oats” quinoa twist from Sakara Life. Adding a bit of extra crunch & protein, this combo keeps you fuller for longer and is ideal for summer breakfasts.
- 1.5 cup quinoa, dry
- 3 cups almond milk
- 2 cups organic frozen mixed berries with blueberries and strawberries
- 1/3 cup pumpkin seeds
- 1/2 cup fresh organic berries
- Cacao nibs for garnish and crunch
TOP SAKARA TIP:
HOW TO COOK THE MOST PERFECT QUINOA OF ALL TIME:
First rinse quinoa with water and strain. Then bring almond milk to a light boil in a saucepan. Add quinoa and reduce heat to simmer and cover with a lid for 10 minutes until tender. Don’t overcook, so it doesn’t get mushy. Put cooked quinoa into a bowl, stir, and let it cool in the fridge.
Then put the frozen berries with a little water in a blender. Serve 1/2 cup of of berry mix and 1/2 of quinoa in a bowl. Top with fresh berries, seeds, and cacao nibs!
*I love adding some shredded coco & golden berries as well! Sakara Life has so many amazing meals & recipes on their website, and if you’re interested in learning more, or trying some of them out, check out my review and save 20% when shopping with my code!
Ever since I tried a tropical smoothie combo in Mexico this spring, I realized how much acai bowls are overrated. Mango, pineapple, passionfruit, papaya…all of these incredible flavors together create Vitamin C magic in your mouth, and adding some bee pollen to boost your immune system together with turmeric and black pepper (to activate its most important component, curcumin) to fight inflammation, and lucuma powder with beta carotene, Vitamin B3, iron & zinc; all make this one of the must-have staples in your diet!
- 1 cups frozen mango
- 1/2 cup frozen pineapple
- 1/2 cup fresh papaya
- 1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
- 2 tbsp hemp seeds
- ¼ tsp ground turmeric (and a touch of black pepper)
- 1 tbsp lucuma powder
- Passionfruit squeezed (half of one)
- 1 sliced kiwi
- 2 tbsp coconut flakes
- 1/4 cup chopped papaya
- 1 tsp bee pollen
- 1 tbsp almond butter
- 1 tsp goji berries
Put the ingredients (not toppings) in a blender until smooth. Pour into a bowl and arrange all the toppings on top in stripes.
The bright pink dragonfruit color makes it stand out in the crowd, so it’s definitely hard to resist, but aside from its instagrammable appearance, the red pigment (lycopene) is well known for its health benefits. From reducing heart disease & fighting free radicals, to lowering the risk of cancer & HPV, this smoothie bowl quickly became one of my absolute favorites! This particular recipe has an extra kick to it- omega packed chia seeds & fizzy kombucha, which make the texture unique and addicting.
- 1/3 cup almond milk (preferably unsweetened)
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1/2 cup frozen fresh pineapple chunks
- 1/2 cup pink dragonfruit flesh
- 1/4 cup kombucha (any flavor)
- 1/4 cup fresh pineapple
- 1/2 tablespoon shelled pumpkin seeds
- 1 tsp bee pollen
Mix almond milk and chia seeds in a bowl with a whisk. Put into fridge until thickened, about 10-15 minutes. Whisk the mixture again after 5 minutes. Put frozen pineapple chunks, dragonfruit, and kombucha in a blender until smooth. To finish, put the chia seed mixture on one side and the smoothie into other side. Garnish with fresh pineapple slices, seeds, and bee pollen.
When it comes to balancing estrogen levels, there is almost nothing better than maca. Native to Peru, its roots have been used as medicine for centuries! Giving you that natural energy boost, loads of iron, iodine and vitamin C, it also stimulates the production of estradiol & lowers cortisol, making it perfect for anyone struggling with hormonal issues. Its flavor is similar to butterscotch and caramel, which pairs it perfectly with vanilla or chocolate. I always love adding cinnamon and cardamom to mine because it tastes exactly like chai ice cream!
- 2 1/2 frozen bananas (peeled, sliced and frozen)
- 1 tbsp cinnamon and 1 tbsp cardamom
- 1 1/2 tbsps Maca powder
- 3 dates
- 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1/8 cup chopped hazelnuts
- 1/2 banana sliced
- Almond butter and chocolate chips
Put all ingredients into a blender and process until smooth. You can add more almond milk if it isn’t creamy enough. Roast the hazelnuts in the oven to brown them. Add the hazelnuts, sliced banana, and other toppings. Enjoy!
No smoothie bowl blog post can be written without a detoxifying, green goodness! I found this one on Minimalist Baker’s site, and I loved it so much, I found myself tweaking the recipe because I must have made it 100 times, so I decided I could play with it as well!
- 1/4 avocado (ripe)
- 2 medium frozen bananas
- 1 cup fresh mixed berries
- 2 cups of spinach
- 1 cup of kale (remove stems)
- 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
- 1 Tbsp flaxseed meal
- 2 Tbsp salted creamy almond butter
- ½ tsp spirulina for detoxifying properties
- Roasted unsalted sunflower seeds
- Raw almonds
- Shredded coconut (unsweetened)
- Fresh berries
Put all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Add water if it isn’t thin enough. Taste and adjust flavor if needed. For extra protein, add almond butter! I love adding pistachio, and it’s also green This also offsets / enhances the natural sweetness of the smoothie. Top with desired toppings!