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A Delicious Guide to Making Healthy Summer Smoothie Bowls


July 27, 2023

With the warm sun shining and temperatures rising, summer is the perfect time to indulge in cold, refreshing treats. Making smoothie bowls is one of the most delightful ways to beat the heat while nourishing your body! Smoothie bowls have been an internet sensation among food enthusiasts, with their creamy textures, delectable toppings, and, of course, photogenic qualities.

This summer, embrace your creativity by trying different fruits, vegetables, and toppings. From choosing a simpler approach with some sliced fruits as toppings to more extravagant decorations like edible flowers or even some edible glitter, smoothie bowls are a fantastic way to show off your individuality. Remember to keep your blender handy, as these ten unique and delicious smoothie bowl recipes are delightfully simple to make in the comfort of your home!

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#1 Tropical Paradise

Transport yourself to a tropical island getaway with this blissful smoothie bowl. This vibrant and nourishing smoothie bowl with a blend of tropical fruits and creamy coconut milk is also a visual treat when presented in a natural coconut shell bowl. Throw in some frozen mango chunks, pineapple chunks, a banana, a squeeze of lime juice, and a cup of coconut milk.

If you have any papaya, guava, or passion fruit lying around, be sure to add them to experience the summer island vibes fully. Top your smoothie bowl with fresh banana slices, mango cubes, pineapple cubes, and toasted coconut flakes. This smoothie bowl will have you dreaming of palm trees and sandy beaches in no time.

#2 Watermelon Lime

Inspired by the viral watermelon lime sorbet from TikTok, this smoothie bowl combines its icy, refreshing texture while giving it an authentic smoothie bowl look with creamy yogurt. For this recipe, you will need frozen watermelon cubes, plain Greek yogurt, lime juice (fresh or store-bought), lime zest, and a splash of coconut water. Pop a fresh mint leaf in the blender for a cooling effect, and blend! Keeping the toppings simple, add a drizzle of honey and another sprig of mint for an aesthetic look.

#3 Berrylicious Blast

Unleash this berry-filled smoothie's vibrant colors and flavors, bursting with antioxidants and natural sweetness. Combine frozen strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, plain Greek yogurt, and almond milk in a blender. To decorate, place rows of mixed berries, shredded coconut, granola, and a sprinkle of chia seeds. Enjoy a burst of vitamins and fiber with every spoonful of this delicious berry medley bowl.

#4 Green Goddess Bowl

For a nutrient-packed green smoothie bowl, blend kale, spinach, frozen banana, and a splash of almond milk. You can even throw in half an avocado for added creaminess and healthy fats! Top it off with slices of banana, kiwi, and chia seeds for an extra boost of superfood goodness.

#5 Chocolate Banana Crunch

Indulge your sweet tooth with this guilt-free frozen chocolate banana pop-inspired smoothie bowl. Blend frozen bananas, a spoonful of chocolate protein powder, and peanut butter for a richer flavor. This bowl is best topped with banana slices, cacao nibs (for a crunch in every bite), pumpkin seeds (for added healthy fats), and a drizzle of honey and peanut butter. This lush and decadent smoothie bowl will definitely satisfy your ice cream cravings while being a more nutritious option!

#6 Chai Spice Delight

For any and all tea enthusiasts, this one's for you! Spice up your smoothie bowl game with this unique chai spice recipe. Blend a frozen banana, almond milk, a dash of ground cinnamon, ginger, and cardamom until aromatic or to your taste.

Once in a bowl, top with bits of granola, mango cubes, dried cranberries, and a sprinkle of cinnamon. If you have chia pudding on hand, stir in exotic spices and pour directly into the smoothie bowl for the perfect finishing touch. Now you have your favorite tea beverage in a flavorful smoothie bowl form!

#7 Orange Dreamsicle

A dreamy orange creamsicle-inspired smoothie bowl is just the treat for our sweet summer daydreams. In a blender, combine peeled oranges, a frozen banana, plain Greek yogurt (for a dairy-free option, use coconut yogurt), vanilla protein powder, milk of your choice, and a splash of vanilla extract. Once a velvety texture is achieved, top with fresh orange slices, shredded coconut, chia seeds, and a drizzle of maple syrup. This concoction of zesty, sweet oranges with the creamy goodness of a creamsicle will be a nutritious and nostalgic way to start your day.

#8 Perfectly Pink

And last but certainly not least, what better way to celebrate with the new Barbie movie out in theaters than with a summer smoothie bowl made entirely of pink fruit? Blend frozen pitaya, raspberries, strawberries, peaches, lemon juice, and almond milk until smooth. For an artistic touch, neatly arrange fresh strawberry slices, raspberry, and pitaya balls.

If you’re feeling extra fancy, a few edible rose petals or hibiscus flowers will add a touch of elegance — just like Barbie! Packed with goodness from strawberries, raspberries, and pitaya, this smoothie bowl is a powerhouse of antioxidants and vitamins to help you feel replenished and in the mood for a particular pink movie.

Smoothie bowls are great for any time of the day, whether replacing sugary cereals with these nutrient-packed treats or whipping up a healthy midday snack! They are also the perfect refreshment for a beach meet-up with friends. With no added sugar, these colorful bowls are a delicious and convenient way to boost overall health and energy levels, especially in the summer heat.

Feel free to substitute any of the ingredients in these smoothie bowl recipes with your favorite alternatives to suit your dietary preferences and taste. Whether you're swapping fruits, using alternative milk options, or trying out different toppings, remember that the possibilities are endless. So, experiment, have fun, and grab your blender to treat yourself to scrumptious smoothie bowls all summer!

Ashley Guo
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Ashley Guo is a student at Orange County School of the Arts in Santa Ana, California. She is passionate about dance, piano, and biological research. She enjoys spending her free time reading and volunteering.