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Eat Well Feb. 11. 2014
Breakfast

Tropical Superfood Smoothie Bowl

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

McKel Hill, MS, RDN, LDN

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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 about the 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 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 a 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- 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.

Tropical Superfood Smoothie Bowl
Recipe Type: breakfast, smoothie
Author: McKel Hill, MS, RD, LDN
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 1
A thick and creamy green tropical smoothie bowl filled with pineapple, coconut water, spinach, and banana.
Ingredients
  • 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)
  • 2 teaspoons Baobab powder (Organic Burst)
  • 1 teaspoon Spirulina powder (Organic Burst)
  • Toppings: homemade granola, shredded coconut, or goji berries
Instructions
  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!

TIP // 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.

Disclaimer: I received free samples of Organic Burst superfoods mentioned in this post by the generous Organic Burst team. I was compensated for my time. Honest opinions expressed are 100% my own.

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.

xo McKel

The Recipe

Serves 1

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Ingredients:

  • 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)
  • 2 teaspoons Baobab powder (Organic Burst)
  • 1 teaspoon Spirulina powder (Organic Burst)
  • Toppings: homemade granola, shredded coconut, or goji berries

Directions:

  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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  • Talia

    How do you mask the pond algae taste of spirulina powder? It’s really kept me from adding it into my smoothies and as you know it’s so good for you!

    • Hi Talia,
      First and foremost is starting off with a HIGH quality spirulina, I haven’t had one that tastes bad (to me at least). Typically fruits, sweetness and chocolate will “hide” any flavor of it. Hope you enjoy this one!

  • Emma

    Hello,

    I recently discovered your site and am loving it, thank you:-) I have a question about raw vegetable greens; I have thought for some time that it’s best to avoid eating some veggie greens raw, spinach and kale included, clearly you don’t feel this to be the case. I love eating raw spinach, but limit it due to previous advice. I also understand that very important to avoid if you have thyroid issues?

    I’d love to know your opinion… I’m dying to try your super green smoothie!!!

    Thanks so much,

    Emma

    • Hi Emma, Thank you so much! Glad you’ve stumbled upon Nutrition Stripped. I actually go into detail in my Pantry page in the kale and broccoli section about raw greens 🙂 Hope you enjoy the SGS

      • Emma

        Thank you so much!!

  • NIck

    Lime or lemon juice can help mask flavor. Spirulina is definitely a superfood, but for me, I don’t add it to smoothies anymore because it plain ruins the taste of it. Instead a couple of times a week, I just mix a couple of tablespoons with some water, lime juice, and honey, hold my nose, and chug 🙂

    • You should try some of the brands I mention on the “products I love page” those are my favorite and actually taste good! 😉

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