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The Summer Bowl- Say Goodbye to Smoothies

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fruit bowls

Fruit Bowls

On a quest for a healthy, filling breakfast? Look no further than a new twist on an old favorite-  fruit bowls. Below is a list of mix and match items the whole family will love. Below are some of my suggestions.

Choose a “bowl”

  • Mini melons – the markets offer mini varieties of watermelon, cantelope and gaia melons to name a few
  • Papaya
  • Orange or grapefruit halves, scooped out (you can use the segments as part of the filling)
  • Half a peach
  • Half an avocado

Choose a base

  • Plain or flavored yogurt (regular or non dairy)
  • Cottage cheese
  • Frozen pureed bananas (frozen berries or peaches would also be yum)
  • Acai (take that $10 acai bowl-these 4 packs of acai cost less than 1 bowl! )
  • Chia pudding (This super easy recipe makes 4 serving)  Chia seeds contain more calcium than milk, more antioxidants than blueberries and more Omega-3 than salmon, If the seed-y texture is an issue, blend to eliminate seeds. Sweetening is optional as the coconut milk makes this a bit sweet on its own

Add your toppings

  • Chopped nuts or seeds (get adventurous with sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds or even black or plain sesame seeds for extra crunch)
  • Hemp, Flax Seed, Chia Seeds or Goji berries for an anti-oxidant punch
  • Fresh fruit (can you have too much?)
  • Spirulina or Maca powder
  • Matcha green tea powder
  • Honey, coconut sugar or date sugar
  • Squeeze of lemon or lime
  • Unsweetened coconut flakes
  • Granola or other cereal
  • chocolate chips or sprinkles (because summer should be fun!)

Most of these require little to no prep and each family member can customize their own. Fill these with a frozen treat like yogurt, ice cream or sorbet for a dessert or fill with salads as a fancy lunch. Show us your bowls!

 

 

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