Like a lot of people, active or not, smoothies and smoothie bowls are one of my favorite things. Especially in the summer. I love to make them at home and always have tons of frozen fruits on hand. Sometimes I mix in some fresh made juice or sometimes I use coconut water. To top them, I use Bob’s Red Mill Granola’s along with some sliced fresh fruit, chia seeds, nuts, and depending on how I am feeling some honey as well.
One of my favorite recipes to make my own smoothie bowls is this:
½ cup Mango (frozen)
1 Banana (frozen)
½ cup Pineapple (frozen)
½ Kiwi (frozen or fresh)
½ cup Coconut water
2 tsp Ginger (grated)
Blend all of these things together and scoop it out into a bowl. You can top a smoothie bowl with practically anything that you like. Some people use cacao nibs, some use pomegranate seeds or sunflower seeds. Peanut butter or any other nut butter is usually good drizzled over the top. It can really be anything you want or have on hand, it’ll be yummy either way.
If you want just a smoothie instead of a smoothie bowl, substitute the frozen pineapple for pineapple juice and the frozen banana for a fresh one. This will make it easier to drink through a straw.
I don’t always want to put the effort into making my own smoothie bowls though. Lucky for me there are two amazing cafes near my home that make amazing ones!
Love Shack Juicery, Ogunquit, Maine
This is one of my favorite places in southern Maine. I have been going here for a few years now and whenever I have friends visit, I always make a point to take them. At Love Shack, you can choose from a variety of smoothie bowls that are all thoughtfully crafted and always given to you with a smile. It is really hard to pick a favorite smoothie bowl from here; they are all so good. My top 3 favorite are:
the Breakfast Bowl: Bananas, Strawberries, Peanut Butter, Fresh dates blended together for the base. This bowl gets topped with fresh banana and strawberry slices as well as with granola, coconut flakes and a drizzle of honey!
the Gold Coast: Mango, Banana, Pineapple, and oats blended together for the base of the bowl. This bowl get topped with granola and chia seeds, coconut flakes, banana slices, raspberries and cacao nibs!
the Green Bowl: Pineapple, Banana, Mango, spinach, and Kale all blended together to make the base for this bowl. The Green Bowl gets topped with granola, strawberry and banana slices, coconut flakes and a drizzle of honey.
You have the option to add any additional topping to your bowls or even take off toppings if you don’t like them.
Aside from smoothie bowls, this place has a menu full of other healthy and yummy options. They have fresh juices, house made cashew milk, coffees, smoothies, ginger shots, and fresh lemonades.
LIVE Cafe, Kennebunk, ME
This is a fairly new establishment in Kennebunk, Maine. It opened earlier this summer and has been a hit ever since. They have three different smoothie bowls featured on a menu full of healthy wraps, salads, sandwiches, juices and smoothies.
I have been here a few times, and have gotten two of the smoothie bowls. The first one I tried was the Protein Bowl. This smoothie bowl consists of: blueberries, bananas, cashew butter, hemp protein, goji powder, maple-almond butter, granola, chia, and raspberries. When I got this bowl I also tried one of their juices, the See Clearly, which is orange, turmeric, ginger and carrot. Both of these items were super yummy!
My favorite smoothie bowl here is the Gott Green bowl. This bowl consists of: mango, pineapple, spinach, basil, spirulina, granola, banana, apple, chia and coconut. I LOVED THIS BOWL! It was creamy and all of the flavors blended so well together! I would have eaten three more if I could. If you are in the Kennebunk or Kennebunkport area, it is definitely worth a trip here!