I’ve always been obsessed with smoothie bowls. In fact, I’m sitting here and writing this as I’m eating an acai bowl. Even when I make smoothies without toppings (aka a normal smoothie that every other living being drinks out of a straw), I use a spoon. I just think it makes it last longer. Who wants to be slurping their amazing creation away in 30 seconds?
Which brings me to the fact that I have no idea how I am just now starting to pack a travel-sized blender with me when I travel. Where has my Hamilton Blender been all my life?! Flashback to the few times I was working programs in Dallas and Austin and would pack up my entire, huge Ninja blender with me. As much as I love my Ninja, I really should have just shelled out the $16 for the Hamilton Blender earlier on. Some things you just learn along the way.
Since then, I like to consider myself a hotel room smoothie bowl connoisseur. If you follow me on Snapchat, you know that I made one every single day of the 23 days I was in Marco Island. After witnessing my first smoothie bowl creation, my co-worker even went on to Amazon and had one shipped directly to the hotel for himself. That’s how great these things are. And I gotta say it was pretty fun comparing our smoothie bowl recipes (thank you Greg for the apple + non-dairy yogurt + cinnamon idea that I will be trying soon).
So I have 3 main tips before we get on to my fabulous recipes:
Tip #1 – Make sure you have a refrigerator in your hotel room. It is possible to make these without a refrigerator (use water as a liquid base instead), but it will not taste as good in my opinion.
Tip #2 – Get a bowl from your hotel’s restaurant. Ask for one at whatever breakfast buffet they may have, room service, or even dinner restaurants might be generous. Another option if all else fails is using a plastic cup (just go to your local Starbucks or coffee shop and ask for one in a medium or large size).
Tip #3 – Refrigerate your bananas. I prefer frozen bananas for my desired smoothie thickness, but refrigerating them is the next best option.
NOW ON TO THE GOOD STUFF!
Mango Coconut Turmeric Smoothie Bowl
I’ve recently become obsessed with turmeric and won’t travel without it. Turmeric is anti-inflammatory and has so many health benefits it’s insane. I’m also equally as obsessed with coconut oil (in food, as a hair mask, as a moisturizer… so many uses), so the ingredients in this smoothie are a perfect dream team. These flavors blend together to taste like a tropical bowl of sunshine with a little kick.
- 1 cup mango
- 1/2 banana
- 1/3 packet Vega One All-In-One Nutritional Shake French Vanilla Flavor
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 cup coconut water or unsweetened coconut milk
- 1/2 cup ice
- Toppings: 2 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut, 1 tablespoon chia seeds, handful sliced raw almonds, 1/4 banana
Matcha Pineapple Smoothie Bowl
I can always count on matcha to bring me back to life, which is why this smoothie is perfect to kick off a busy day. Matcha is an antioxidant powerhouse that I consistently use as a substitute for coffee. One serving of matcha is equal to 10 cups of green tea! Add a little fruit and spinach in there and you’ve got yourself a balanced breakfast.
- 1/2 cup pineapple
- 1/2 banana
- 1 teaspoon matcha powder
- 1 tablespoon raw honey
- 1 handful organic spinach
- 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
- Toppings: 1/4 cup THIS amazing cereal, 2 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut, handful sliced raw almonds, any leftover pineapple
Mocha Protein Smoothie Bowl
This is the smoothie bowl I crave the most purely because it tastes like a better version of coffee ice cream. Seriously, it is that good. My favorite way to enjoy it is as a post workout treat although you can enjoy it any time of the day (maybe even after dinner dessert?) Plus, the mocha flavor also makes it feel like you are drinking coffee (kinda, sorta) without the post-caffeine crash.
- 1 banana (preferably frozen or refrigerated)
- 1/2 packet Vega One All-In-One Nutritional Shake Mocha Flavor
- 1 tablespoon unsweetened cacao powder (I love this one that has maca too)
- 1 tablespoon raw almond butter
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- 1/2 cup ice
- Toppings: handful of chopped pecans, handful of strawberries, leftover banana
Happy smoothie bowl-ing and safe travels y’all!