Sunshine Smoothie Bowl

It’s been almost 8 weeks since I started my blog. It has been so fulfilling for me to share all of my ideas and culinary creations with you! So much of my inspiration comes from the amazing images that my camera is able to create.  I never realized how much I would love my camera. I wish I had bought an amazing camera years ago! I spent months and months researching, trying to pick the best one, and I am so happy with the one I bought! This smoothie bowl is inspired by the beautiful sunflower field that was my first post on my blog.

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Sunshine Smoothie Bowl

Servings: 1

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 apple of choice
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1 small container of plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon blue spirulina
  • Mango, almonds, etc for topping

Instructions:

Blend ingredients together and top with toppings if desired. Enjoy!

 

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Cherry Limeade Smoothie Bowl

I accidentally bought 3 pounds of sweet cherries today.  Apparently it is almost the end of sweet cherry season in the south. In other news, lots of cherry recipes coming your way! I rarely buy cherries, but after eating a few (dozen) handfuls of these babies, I was wondering why I don’t buy them every summer. They are the perfect mix of sweet and tart. This smoothie bowl is like drinking a cool refreshing cherry limeade but in smoothie form, it is delicious!IMG_8113.jpg

Cherry Limeade Smoothie Bowl

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup lime yogurt
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1/4 ripe avocado
  • juice of 1/2 lime
  • 1/2 cup pitted cherries, halved
  • Cherry jam
  • Other toppings: pomegranate seeds, more cherries, toasted coconut, almonds, etc.

Instructions

  • Add yogurt, banana, avocado, and lime juice together in a blender, Vitamix, or Magic Bullet.
  • Swirl in cherry jam. Add cherries and other toppings if desired. Enjoy!

Superfood Matcha Smoothie Bowl

Anyone else’s succulent party favor from our wedding still alive? We have three left: two are thriving and one is holding on for dear life. Every time I look at these cute little cacti, it brings me back to two years (how has it been TWO YEARS?) ago to our wonderful wedding. Here’s a picture of those little guys (oh how they have grown) exquisitely captured by Esther Nail. 🙂

I’ve made a variation of this smoothie several times, alternating ingredients for what I have in the house. The components include a mixture of green veggies and various fruit. My main problem with traditional superfood or green smoothies has always been that they either taste like I’m drinking a liquified salad or they are so full of sugar that I think I’m cancelling out any benefit I’m getting from the healthy ingredients. Something about adding the matcha masks some of the earthiness of the green veggies. Plus, then you feel like you’re indulging in a matcha iced latte while still getting a healthy dose of nutrients and antioxidants.

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Superfood Matcha Smoothie Bowl

Ingredients:

  • Handful of green leafy veggies (I used a mixture of kale and spinach)
  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon honey or sweetener of choice
  • 1/2 teaspoon matcha powder
  • 1 stalk celery
  • 1/2 green apple
  • Another fruit: 1/3-1/2 cup frozen peaches, blueberries, raspberries, etc., depending on desired level of sweetness (can omit altogether if desired)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • Toppings as desired: cut apples, almonds, coconut chips, etc.

Directions:

  • Blend ingredients together in a blender, Vitamix, or Magic Bullet until blended. Add toppings and enjoy!

Mother of Dragon Fruit Smoothie Bowl

AKA the “Stormborn, Queen of the Andals, the Rhoynar and the First Men, Protector of the Realm, Queen of Meereen, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Mother of Dragons, The Unburnt, Breaker of Chains, Princess of Dragonstone” Smoothie bowl.

But really. If you’re not currently watching Game of Thrones, you need to stop what you are doing right now and immediately binge watch all 6 1/2 seasons. I’m going to try to avoid any spoilers but I am still in shock from the most recent episode. The dragons! And the fire! Wow. What girl doesn’t want to be Khaleesi when she grows up?

Scroll down for the smoothie bowl inspired by the Mother of Dragons herself.

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I had honestly never had fresh dragon fruit before but I picked these babies up from the Vietnamese food market and they did not disappoint! The texture is similar to a kiwi but not quite as sweet. They are either pink or white on the inside so buying them and cutting into them is like opening a present – what’s inside is always a surprise!

This has to be my favorite smoothie bowl to date. The creaminess of the coconut milk adds an extra layer that put this healthy lunch over the top! Plus there’s no dairy so it is completely vegan. Although I eat meat and dairy products, I find myself making a lot of vegan desserts and meals. It can’t hurt to at least minimize consumption of animal products – and in some cases I prefer the result to the butter and egg filled version!

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Mother of Dragon Fruit Smoothie Bowl

Servings: 1

Ingredients:

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/4 cup canned coconut milk
  • handful of frozen mangoes
  • handful of frozen raspberries
  • handful of frozen or fresh strawberries
  • roughly 1/3 cup chopped dragon fruit or pitaya
  • toppings: strawberries, dragon fruit, mangoes, coconut chips, almonds, blueberries

Instructions:

  • Blend all ingredients together in a blender. Add toppings and enjoy.

 

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Summer Peaches and Cream Smoothie Bowl

Another delicious smoothie bowl! I’ve always enjoyed a good smoothie in the summertime because they are light and fresh. I recently switched from smoothies to smoothie bowls because I love that you can put in add ins such as fresh fruit and nuts that add a little crunch rather than just drinking something that’s basically liquid. It ends up being more filling while still being refreshing and nutritious. It’s definitely peach season in the south and these peaches that I picked up from one of the locally grown farms were sweet and delicious!

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Summer Peaches and Cream Smoothie Bowl

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup fresh (or frozen) peaches
  • 3/4 cup Greek yogurt (Greek Gods Honey Vanilla yogurt paired perfectly with the peach flavor)
  • splash of milk
  • optional swirl of strawberry jelly
  • optional 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder
  • toppings: I used chia seeds, pistachios, strawberries, and cut fresh peaches

Instructions:

  • Blend ingredients together in a blender or Magic Bullet. Add toppings and enjoy!

Mermaid-Approved Blueberry Matcha Smoothie Bowl

Continuing with the blueberry theme of this week, I’m posting about this delicious smoothie bowl I had for lunch recently. It’s easy to make this recipe with simple ingredients that you probably already have in your fridge or freezer, and you can change it up depending on the season or your mood. I’ve started putting bananas that are starting to go brown into a bag in my freezer, so that I always have them on hand. Just make sure you peel them first – definitely haven’t made that mistake before…. 🙂 I added a little something extra to my smoothie bowl for a wonderful afternoon anti-oxidant matcha pick-me-up! The cool blue-green color of the mixture got me wanting to be relaxing on a beach somewhere!

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Mermaid-Approved Blueberry Matcha Smoothie Bowl

Ingredients

  • 1 frozen banana
  • Yogurt of choice (I used Siggi’s Blueberry Yogurt)
  • Handful of blueberries (I used fresh, but frozen works too)
  • 2-3 tablespoons milk of choice
  • 1-2 teaspoons matcha powder (depending on your taste buds)
  • Toppings: I used blueberries, oats, slivered almonds, and coconut chips

Instructions:

  • Blend banana, yogurt, fruit, milk, and matcha in a blender – I used a Magic Bullet.
  • Add toppings and enjoy!