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Swap Out Straws for Spoons with More Summertime Smoothie Bowls

Updated: Jul 20, 2020

While I’m a fan of stainless steel straws (paper straws get soggy on me too quickly), nothing

compares to eating breakfast or any PM snack with a spoon. Transform your smoothie habits

this summer from sipping to spooning while keeping you and the environment a bit healthier.

Smoothie bowls take no extra time to make compared to traditional smoothies because you

can easily customize your toppings with whatever you have on hand!

However, for an added tropical crunch I highly recommend keeping these toasted coconut chips in your pantry.

Make Smoothie Bowls Out of Just About Anything

Frozen Fruit Meet Your New BFF, Frozen Avocado

Frozen fruit is an essential for any smoothie or smoothie bowl, but have you recently noticed in the freezer aisle bags of diced avocado too? Whether you purchase these or freeze your own avocado chunks, your smoothie bowl will instantly become more creamy, satisfying and heart- healthy.

Add in a Powerhouse Green

Green smoothies are nothing new to RDs, but a large majority is still forgetting to add in leafy

greens. Spinach leaves make preparing any smoothie bowl more fun (sometimes changing the

color of the final product) and nutritious for all ages. Plus, it’s a great way to use up spinach

that’s close to going bad.

Added Sugar is NOT so Sweet

High-sugar diets greatly increase our risk of heart disease which is the #1 killer in both men and women. This simple smoothie bowl recipe makes an ideal breakfast (or PM treat) alternative to donuts, waffles and Frappuccino’s.


Simple Smoothie Bowl (Serves 2)

All you need:

  • ½ ripe avocado (OR use Dole frozen diced avocado)

  • 1 small ripe banana, peeled

  • 1 cup frozen mixed berries (OR use Hy-Vee Short Cuts triple berry blend + add ice)

  • 1 large handful spinach

  • 1 cup fat-free Fairlife milk

  • ½ Tbsp chia seeds

  • 1 scoop vanilla bean Performance Inspired whey protein powder

Optional toppings: Hy-Vee Short Cuts triple berry blend, roasted sunflower seeds or pepitas, mixed nuts, coconut chips, drizzled agave syrup

All you do:

  1. Combine avocado, banana, berries, spinach, milk, chia seeds and protein powder in a blender.

  2. Blend on HIGH until creamy and smooth.

  3. Pour smoothie into serving bowl and top with desired toppings. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts per serving:

290 calories, 8.5 g total fat (1 g polyunsat. fat, 7 g monounsat. fat), 1 g saturated fat,

170 mg sodium, 754 mg potassium, 35 g carbohydrate, 10 g fiber, 10 g sugar, 22 g protein

Daily Values:

15% vitamin A, 20% vitamin C, 23% calcium, 7% iron

Cheers to a safe and healthy summer!

Erin Good, RD, LD

Erin Good is a Corporate Dietitian for Hy-Vee, Inc. in Iowa. Erin is passionate about guiding, motivating and helping others achieve a happy, healthy lifestyle.



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