Updated: Jul 10, 2019
Wowie, it’s been hot out. I don’t know about you, but I’d say here in So-Cal summer is officially in full swing! And while we can’t escape the heat all the time , we can make it just a tad better with a cold treat in hand. And this tropical power smoothie bowl is sure to do the trick!
What is there not to love about a good smoothie bowl? You can’t go wrong! This bowl is a combination of bursting flavor and incredible nutrients to fuel and heal your body.
When it comes to smoothie bowls I don’t discriminate. Whether acai, pitaya, stone fruits or melon- I love all the fruity flavors! But for summer, I always love something with a tropical twist, it feels lighter and gives me that summery flavor I’m after. So this bowl was created with that in mind.
The fruits I’ve included in this recipe are banana, pineapple, and mango, and are all whipped together with creamy coconut milk. And on top, I have fresh banana, mango, and raspberries (I wanted so badly kiwi’s but couldn’t find them at Sprouts or TJ’s🤷♀️, would make this bowl so good!), shredded coconut, shaved almonds, dried goji berries, granola, and chia seeds. If you’re a fan of making smoothie bowls I recommend investing in a few of these dry ingredients- they’ll last you a while and are also good in homemade granola or energy bites a few of my other favorite quick and easy snacks.
There are a few ingredients in this recipe that elevate it beyond your average smoothie bowl. Organic turmeric, and protein powder. Both of which increase the nutrition content of this smoothie bowl.
The taste of turmeric is often described as warm and bitter. It reminds me a bit of ginger but a little more earthy. Some don’t enjoy the flavor- but I say don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. I’ve seen turmeric included in many green smoothies or berry blends- but the spice is actually really nice when mixed with these tropical flavors- I think it grounds the flavor.
And with the health benefits, it’s a no-brainer. Turmeric has many benefits- including that it supports cognitive function, helps soothe arthritis (high anti-inflammatory properties), fights aging and increases skin health, supports your immune system, heals wounds, supports cholesterol levels and blood sugar levels (which may help you lose weight!). If you would like to look up more specifically the various conditions and diseases turmeric can be used to treat please check out this WebMD article.
Finally, the last ingredient in the smoothie part of this bowl is protein powder! With the protein powder included, this smoothie bowl moves from a simple sweet snack to the perfect post-workout fuel. I used the Sprouts Vanilla Vegan Protein which has 20 grams of protein per serving. I personally really enjoy this protein powder for smoothies. It adds some sweetness to the smoothie but doesn’t add a graininess or that nasty protein flavor that some can leave in your drink. (In fact, I forgot the protein was in the smoothie as I was chowing down on this example bowl🙈). But please use your choice of protein powder! Whatever you’re used to, or enjoy will be best.
Tropical Power Smoothie Bowl Recipe
Prep Time: 5-10 minutes, Blend Time: 2-5 minutes, Makes: 1-2 Servings
1 Cup Frozen Pineapple
1 Cup Frozen Mango
1 Frozen Banana
1/2-1 Cup Coconut Milk (depending on how thick you like it)
32 g. (or 1 serving) Protein Powder of choice
1/2 Tsp. Turmeric
Sliced Almonds or Macadamia Nuts
Dried Goji Berries
Anything else that sounds good to you!
Combine all smoothie ingredients in the blender and blend on high power until smoothie is completely blended and smooth. If it gets stuck during blending, feel free to stop the blender and stir the smoothie with a spoon to get any frozen chunks that may be stuck in the blades free, and then blend again.
Once blended, pour the smoothie into a bowl, and put in the freezer to keep cool while prepping other ingredients (this will also help toppings from sinking if this is something that bothers you about your smoothie bowls).
Slice mangoes, banana and any other fruits you would like to include as topping on your smoothie bowl.
Arrange all your toppings of choice on top of your smoothie bowl. This is the fun part- feel free to get artsy with it!
And voila, just like that an easy smoothie bowl you can make at home! Enjoy!!