Four Smoothie Bowl Recipes That Will Put a Spring in Your Step!

by Julia Sementelli

While there a handful of smoothie bowl spots in Boston, I have found that the best smoothie bowl is the one that you make at home! Fuel up for finals with these four perfect-for-spring smoothie bowls that will keep you feeling satisfied and refreshed to take on this busy yet exciting month.

While Winter Storm Stella may have set us back a little in the warm weather department, Spring has officially begun! April is when we start to shed our winter skin and crave foods that are bright and refreshing. Although I have been known to eat them in the dead of winter, smoothie bowls are the ultimate breakfast to fuel you for busy days but also to keep you feeling fresh. And they are also a great way to eat your fruits and veggies, especially when life gets hectic (Hello, upcoming finals!) All of my smoothie recipes have one thing in common: they all include pomegranate arils, the seed pod inside of a pomegranate where all of the fiber and nutrients can be found. Pomegranates are a source of antioxidants and have even been shown to potentially improve performance during exercise! For the sake of ease, I typically buy pre-packaged arils since de-seeding a pomegranate can be rather time-consuming.  Read on for four spring-ready smoothie bowl recipes:

Tropical Pomegranate Smoothie Bowl. Photo: Julia Sementelli

Tropical Pomegranate Smoothie Bowl. Photo: Julia Sementelli

Tropical Pomegranate Smoothie Bowl (Serves 1)

Ingredients:

For the smoothie:

1 cup frozen strawberries

½ cup frozen mango

½ cup frozen pineapple

1/3 cup almond milk (recommended: coconut-flavored almond milk)

1 teaspoon maca* (optional)

Toppings:

2 tablespoons pomegranate arils

1 tablespoon melted coconut butter

2 teaspoons shredded unsweetened coconut

Directions:
  1. Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth (mixture will be thick)
  2. Top with pomegranate arils, melted coconut butter, and shredded unsweetened coconut
  3. Enjoy!

*Also known as Peruvian ginseng, maca’s primary benefit is increasing energy without the less desirable effects of caffeine.

Antioxidant-Packed Green Smoothie Bowl. Photo: Julia Sementelli

Antioxidant-Packed Green Smoothie Bowl. Photo: Julia Sementelli

Antioxidant-Packed Green Smoothie Bowl (Serves 1)

Ingredients:

For the smoothie:

1/3 cup coconut water

1 cup baby spinach

1 cup frozen mango

½ frozen banana

1 teaspoon chlorella* (optional)

½ teaspoon turmeric

Toppings:

2 tablespoons pomegranate arils

½ sliced banana

Directions:
  1. Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth (mixture will be thick)
  2. Top with pomegranate arils and sliced banana
  3. Enjoy!

*Chlorella is a single-celled algae that can provide a solid dose of antioxidants and protein (it is 50% protein per serving!).  While science has yet to support many of the claims surrounding it, there is no denying that it is a simple way to give you a boost of nutrients when you are short on time.

Chocolate-Covered Pomegranate Smoothie Bowl. Photo: Julia Sementelli

Chocolate-Covered Pomegranate Smoothie Bowl. Photo: Julia Sementelli

Chocolate-Covered Pomegranate Smoothie Bowl (Serves 1)

Ingredients:

For the smoothie:

1 cup frozen cherries

1 cup frozen peaches

1/3 cup pomegranate juice

1 tablespoon unsweetened cacao powder

1 scoop chocolate protein powder

Toppings:

2 tablespoons pomegranate arils

1 tablespoon cacao nibs

Directions:
  1. Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth (mixture will be thick)
  2. Top with pomegranate arils and cacao nibs
  3. Enjoy!
Peanut Butter and Pomegranate Smoothie Bowl. Photo: Julia Sementelli

Peanut Butter and Pomegranate Smoothie Bowl. Photo: Julia Sementelli

Peanut Butter and Pomegranate Smoothie Bowl (Serves 1)

Ingredients:

For the smoothie:

1/3 cup pomegranate juice

2 cups frozen strawberries

1 tablespoon powdered peanut butter

1 scoop unflavored protein powder

4 ice cubes

Toppings:

2 tablespoons pomegranate arils

1 tablespoon smooth or chunky peanut butter

Directions:
  1. Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth (mixture will be thick)
  2. Top with pomegranate arils and peanut butter
  3. Enjoy!

 

Julia Sementelli is a second-year Nutrition Communication & Behavior Change student and Boston-based registered dietitian who divides her time between being a clinical dietitian, working with private clients to heal their relationships with food, eating, going to SoulCycle, and taking pictures of the delicious smoothie bowls (among other things) that she makes in her apartment.  You can find her on Instagram (@julia.the.rd.eats—follow her!) where she shares her love of real food, fitness, and balance.

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