Cool Down with Refreshing Smoothie Bowls

Some of the best ways to cool off this summer is by making “cooler” foods, especially popsicles, smoothies, and smoothie bowls.

Whether you’re sipping bellinis on the beach, floating in the pool, or relaxing under the sun in your backyard, these smoothie bowls are perfect for a nice cool breakfast or a refreshing snack.

Take advantage of this summer’s seasonal fruits and beat the heat with these great, refreshing smoothie bowls.

Seasonal Eating is Important

Fruits and vegetables lose essential nutrients immediately after they are picked.  As the produce travels from the farm, to the grocery store, to your house, and finally ends up on your plate, the produce can lose up to 45% of its essential nutrients.

Seasonal eating is the best way to reduce the travel time from farm to plate and maximizes the nutrients extracted from each bite.

Change your meals with the seasons, focus on fresh vegetables and fruits, and give your body the nutrition it needs to derive natural energy.

Check out this post to find out what fruits and vegetables are in season during the summer.

Do Smoothie Bowls Really Need a Recipe?

Seasonal Fruit

Actually…no!

Believe it or not, you can follow this general list below and customize your very own smoothie bowls.

Serves 2

Ingredients – Smoothie:

  • 1 cup ice
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds or flax seeds (added for fiber)
  • 1 cup coconut milk or nut milk
  • 3-4 cups fruit (berries, bananas, pineapple, or apples)
  • 1 cup frozen vegetables (cauliflower, spinach, or kale)
  • 2 servings Protein Powder (Please read ingredient label carefully.)
  • Optional: 1 tsp cinnamon
  • Optional: 1 tsp bee pollen
Choosing Protein powder

I use a very clean protein powder, which contains ONLY egg whites, called Paleo Protein.  It’s very easy to add to just about anything.  It doesn’t change the flavor and it still tastes great when simply mixed with water.

This Paleo Protein provides 25 grams of protein per serving!

The fruit can be frozen or fresh depending on what you have on hand.  I recommend that if the fruit is in season…use fresh!  It not only benefits your health, but it also helps the local economy when you shop seasonally and local.

Chia and Flax

The chia and flax is added as an additional source of fiber, but it also thickens the consistency of the smoothie bowls.  It does NOT add or detract from the flavor at all.

Health Benefits of Cinnamon

Lastly, the cinnamon or bee pollen can be added for additional health benefits.

Cinnamon has been around for centuries – dating back to Ancient Egyptian times.

The most common health benefits are its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.  However, it can also reduce the risk of heart disease, lower blood sugar levels, and protect against infections.

Plus it tastes great!

Health Benefits of Bee Pollen

Bees collect pollen on their legs and use this pollen to create honey.  When the bee enters the hive, some of this pollen drops off its legs and falls to a compartment on the bottom of the hive.  This pollen is then collected, dehydrated, and packaged.

Most local honey facilities may also produce and sell the pollen; simply ask around your local farmer’s market.

Bee pollen has the same health benefits as honey.  The most well known benefit is allergy relief, but it also increases energy, boosts the immune system, and reduces stress.

Check out Dr. Axe’s post to learn more on Bee Pollen and its amazing benefits.

Directions:

Once you have all the ingredients for your smoothie bowls, simple combine it all in your blender and blend for 30-60 seconds or until smooth.

Ingredients – Optional Toppings:

Once your smoothie is in the bowl, top it with some great additional toppings.  Choose from these suggested below or completely customize it by adding whatever you desire.

Make your own Smoothie Bowls

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Smoothie Bowl

Now that you’re armed with the general guidance, it’s time to experiment with your own smoothie bowls.

Just in case you’re not ready to jump in…I have 2 great smoothie bowl recipes below that will help get you along your way.

Serves 2

The Dark Side Smoothie:

  • 1 cup ice
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 2 bananas
  • 2 cups blueberries
  • 2 cups frozen cauliflower
  • 2 servings Paleo Protein

Green Team Smoothie:

Smoothie Bowls Make Great Popsicles

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Cool Popsicles

Simply replace ice with water, then pour into popsicle molds and freeze for 2-4 hours for a refreshing snack when the summer gets hot.

This popsicle mold is my favorite!

Simply fill the molds and place the top over the liquid.  There’s a space for you to put the popsicle stick so it stays in the middle every time.

Smoothie Bowls in Cups aka Smoothie

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Green Team Smoothie

Just because the Smoothie 2.0 turned into the Smoothie Bowl doesn’t mean your forget about the Smoothie.

Smoothies are great for on the go and still provide the same health benefits!

What’s your Favorite Smoothie Bowl Recipe?

Do you make your smoothies or smoothie bowls the same way all the time?

Have you found a superpower ingredient for your smoothie bowls?

Comment below and join in the conversation.

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