Beach Day Smoothie Bowl Recipe: My First Smoothie Bowls, Reworked Pt. 1

The recipe is at the bottom of the post. If you don't care about what I have to say and care only for the food, scroll to the bottom.

Three and a half years ago, I made my first five smoothie bowls. They weren't phenomenal, but because I had never had anything to compare them to, I thought they were the greatest. So I posted them all on The Blergh.

As I gained experience in the world of smoothies, I learned how spectacular a smoothie bowl really could be. So I took my old recipes, reviewed my original inspiration, kept what worked and changed what didn't. Now, I have four new, improved, excellent smoothie bowls to share with you.
I say only four out of the five because one of them was just right from the beginning. That one is the Berry Bowl, a recipe that I love so much I even put it in the eCookbook (there's a recipe video on Youtube, too).

This Beach Day Smoothie Bowl needed a few changes. Now, it is how a smoothie bowl should be: bright and refreshing, yet satisfying. It brings smiles to faces.



Beach Day Smoothie Bowl
Inspiration: Bright, sunny summer fruits

Original: "A whole banana, ten chunks of watermelon, ten grapes, and ten small-ish pieces of coconut" in the smoothie. Topped with mango, coconut, sunflower seeds, frozen grapes, and an orchid for ~aesthetic.~

What I changed: 
I used less watermelon to lessen the grainy texture that melon gives to smoothies. I added pineapple, because pineapple is the epitome of summer and it takes the flavor of any smoothie to the next level. Instead of putting mango on top, I put it in the smoothie.
Instead of putting coconut flesh in or on top of the smoothie, I swirled coconut milk into the smoothie once it was in the bowl. I did this because it's hard to find unsweetened coconut fruit (I don't like using the word flesh. ick) and because the creamy, refreshing coconut milk works so well in this setting.
I used green grapes instead of red grapes because that's what I had. I think red grapes might be better because their skin is not as thick. I'm not big into frozen grapes as it is, but it seems like everyone else in the world is so I gave them a try. Not bad.

Recipe:
For the smoothie
1/4 cup watermelon
Scant 1/4 cup frozen grapes, halved to make blending easier
1/4 cup pineapple
1 banana
A splash of cold water for blending
Blend until smooth.
Toppings
1 tbsp coconut milk, swirled on top
Frozen grapes- as many as you like
Sunflower seeds- as many as you like
1 orchid (orchids are edible. They don't taste great, they just look pretty. Please please if you are going to put flowers on your food make sure they're not poisonous first).

Note: If you want to throw a handful of dark leafy greens, like spinach or kale, into this smoothie, go for it. You'll get the greens' nutrients but not their flavor.


Don't listen to those wayward souls who say that, since it's September, it's fall. It is still summer and will be until the autumn equinox on September 23. So soak up your summer with a beachy smoothie bowl! If you make this, let me know in the comments below, via email, on Instagram, or on Facebook. You can tag me on Instagram @theblerghblog, too. That would make my day.

World peace and love,

Heather <3

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