Tropical Superfood Smoothie Bowl
Summer is here and there’s nothing better than eating something refreshing and cold. While ice cream is the perfect example, a tropical superfood smoothie bowl is a healthier option and with the right toppings, you can pack it with all kinds of vitamins and minerals.
For me, smoothie bowls are just a vessel for the toppings because they add so much flavor and texture to the creamy base. One thing I absolutely hate about most smoothie bowls is that they always include bananas as the main base ingredient. This is because bananas are cheap and they’re creamy but they’re very overpowering and mask other flavors. This recipe avoids bananas so you get the full fruit experience.
This smoothie bowl is one of the many recipes I include in the 6-week customized meal plans I offer. I take personal care to make sure your plan includes delicious recipes that fit the macros you need to get the body you want.
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Tips for The Perfect Smoothie Bowl
I combine a 1:1:1:1 ratio of pineapple, guava, strawberries, and mangoes for my base. This ensures a very fresh tropical balanced flavor and the mangoes give it the perfect creaminess. You can use absolutely any frozen fruits you want and alter the ratio based on your preference. It’s important to use fruit that was very ripe before freezing. The riper the fruit, the more delicious the smoothie bowl. Unless you’re a huge fan of bananas, I never recommend them in a smoothie bowl. They have an overpowering flavor that will mask the other fruits.
I NEVER use any form of liquid in my smoothie bowls. Everything has to be frozen to achieve an “ice cream” like consistency. This takes time and patience but it’s so worth it. If you don’t feel like dealing with that, you can add a bit of fruit juice or use unfrozen strawberries.
Bee pollen: This ingredient looks like soft yellow pellets and has a very sweet honey-like flavor. They are plant pollen that is picked up by bees as they gather nectar from flowers. Bee pollen color and flavor vary based on the flowers. It possesses antifungal, antimicrobial, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory effects.
Goji berries: These berries are usually found in Asia, particularly in the northwest regions of China. When dried, they are chewy with a subtle sweet flavor. The health benefits of goji berries include anti-radiation, anti-aging, and anti-cancer effects. Goji berries can also improve immunity and antioxidation.
Cocoa nibs: These nibs are the byproduct of broken down cocoa beans. Cocoa contains polyphenols that have antioxidant properties which can have positive effects against several disorders, including nerve damage, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. Moreover, they decrease levels of LDL-cholesterol and improve cognitive function.
Hemp hearts: hemp hearts come hemp plants and no, they don’t get you high. The hemp plant contains nearly untraceable levels of THC. They have a very nutty flavor and are soft in texture. They are packed with omega-6 fatty acids and have anti-aging and anti-inflammatory effects. They also have positive effects on cardiovascular and gastrointestinal diseases.
Chia seeds: these seeds come from a flowering plant and were one of the most important components of the diet of Mayas and Aztecs. Chia seeds contain healthy polyunsaturated fatty acids, dietary fiber, vitamins, and some minerals. These seeds are also a great source of polyphenols and antioxidants.
Tropical Superfood Smoothie Bowl Recipe
- 100g frozen mangoes
- 100g frozen pineapple
- 100g frozen guava
- 100g frozen strawberries
- Toss all the fruits into a blender and blend until creamy and smooth. (SEE NOTES BELOW). Top with your favorite ingredients!
Notes: Blending this without any liquid requires patience but this method is optimal to achieve the perfect thick creamy smoothie bowl. I suggest mixing the fruit frequently between blending to make things easier. If you don’t want to deal with this, you can use unfrozen strawberries or a little fruit juice to help with the blending.