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Eat Well Feb. 11. 2014

Tropical Superfood Smoothie Bowl

Feb. 11. 2014
McKel Hill Kooienga, MS, RDN, LDN

McKel Hill Kooienga, MS, RDN, LDN

Founder of Nutrition Stripped and the Mindful Nutrition Method™

Let’s just take a moment away from reality and dream of white sand beaches, warm breezes, and cool ocean water, all while enjoying this Tropical Superfood Smoothie Bowl.

Today I’m sharing with you all a variation of my Stripped Green Smoothie Bowl using delicious tropical sweet fruits with some of my favorite “superfoods” on top. I don’t know about you and where you’re located, but here in Nashville it’s been cold, rainy, and a bit gloomy.

Couple that with my admiration of spring and summer (what can I say, I’m a Cancer girl), this smoothie was the perfect way to bring me into a summer moment. As we’ve talked about before, smoothie bowls have been my favorite thing besides just drinking my smoothies. They’re super thick and creamy, filled with raw fruits and veggies, superfoods, healthy fats, and plant protein. It’s designed to be a meal in a bowl- and a delicious one at that.

What Are Superfoods?

I’ve talked about “superfoods” before and in this smoothie I use spirulina and baobab powder, both of which are delicious and nutrient dense superfoods for this tropical smoothie. If you’ve never tried baobab before it tastes similar to a citrus fruit with bright flavors and it’s even orange in color. More importantly, than it’s a great taste, is the nutrition profile. Baobab contains heaps of vitamin C, magnesium, potassium, and calcium. Couple the vitamin C found in baobab with the iron in spirulina and you have a better chance of increasing iron that’s absorbed in the body.

Spirulina, on the other hand, is dark green, it’s blue-green algae high in minerals, amino acids (a.k.a. protein!), vitamin A, vitamin B12 (although the B12 here isn’t as bioavailable as other forms of B12), iron, chlorophyll, and magnesium. It’s an excellent addition to plant-based meals to boost the protein content since spirulina is about 60-70% protein. Spirulina has a mild flavor; to me it tastes like a blend of chocolate, seaweed, and vanilla- an odd combination, right? I promise, when mixed when your favorite smoothie it tastes wonderful.

I know smoothie bowls may seem like an odd thing to try at first, especially if you’re not used to eating your smoothies with a spoon, but I promise you’ll love them! I personally have these most mornings for breakfast because they remind me of a big bowl of ice cream with granola on top or even a bowl of yogurt with granola on top- both of which I don’t consume because I’m dairy free, so these are perfect replacements.


This is a meal in a bowl, if you’d like this to be lower in calories or lower in sugar, simply add half of the amounts of fruits to your liking.

Remember, use the hashtags #nutritionstripped and #NSnourishbowl to share your creations with me, I can’t wait to see! I hope you all try this one out, it’s delicious and tastes just like the tropics.

The Recipe

Serves 1



2 cups raw spinach

1 frozen banana

1 cup frozen pineapple

1 tablespoon almond butter

1/2 cup coconut water

1/2 cup ice (add more to thicken to your liking)

1 teaspoon Spirulina powder

Toppings: homemade granola, shredded coconut, or goji berries


  1. Add all ingredients into your Vitamix/Blendtec or blender and mix until thick and creamy.
  2. You can adjust the amount of coconut water and ice to make it thicker or thinner, depending on how you enjoy it, I like it with the amounts listed above. The desired consistency is like soft serve ice cream.
  3. Garnish with optional toppings like goji berries, more pineapple, coconut, etc.
  4. Serve immediately and enjoy!

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