The Best Copy-Cat Smoothie Bowl Recipe

Smoothie bowls are tasty little treats filled with literal goodness. A thick base of blended frozen fruit starts the process. From there, it’s undoubtedly time to garnish with freshly cut fruit slices, granola for crunch, and handfuls of super foods. Everything comes together to make one flavorful breakfast that seriously anyone would enjoy.

So, this smoothie bowl kick isn’t new. I’ve loved these things for a while. But here’s my problem…purchasing them from people who sell them in a shop get expensive. The average cost for some of the bowls I’ve gotten are anywhere from $7 to $14 bucks. A little pricey don’t you think?! Unfortunately, with all the packed nutrients and ingredients, it’s reasonable for retailers to sell at this price-point. My wallet just can’t keep up!

Because this breakfast is probably my most eaten meal at the moment, I wanted to share a recipe I’ve been making at home. It’s similar to what you’d buy at a smoothie place but portion controlled with ingredients bought in bulk (this way we can make more than one yummy bowl).

The above bowl was purchased at a shop in my area. Here are the things we need to make a near copy of this!

Banana (frozen and fresh)

Strawberries (frozen and fresh)

Frozen blueberries

Natural Valley Granola

Coconut flakes

Flax seed

Honey or agave

Peanut butter

Almond Milk

Start by blending your frozen blueberries, banana, and strawberries with roughly 1/2 to a cup of your chosen milk. Pulse the mixture until thick.

Near the end of the blending, add in 1 tbsp of peanut butter. If peanut butter isn’t your fav, you can always opt for almond butter! Whatever you choose, blend the mixture again until smooth.

Transfer your smoothie into a bowl and begin slicing/topping with fresh banana and strawberries.

Lay granola for crunch + flax seeds and coconut flakes to enhance your taste.

Lastly, drizzle honey or agave across the bowl for added sweetness!

Super Foods That Taste Good! 

But let’s be real, it’s hard to be healthy. Am I right ladies?! A good chunk of my nutrients are consumed through liquid (that feels so weird to type lol). What I mean, is that you’ve heard me talk about smoothie bowls before. Now, I’m expanding on the power ingredients that go into those! In addition, I’ll touch on some other yummy snacks you can create with these ingredients!

I was recently at TjMaxx and found a handful of products I had never heard of! I decided to pick up a few and taste test + expand my knowledge a bit. In today’s post, I’ll be sharing my experiences with these yummy, healthy, obsessions. They have really transformed my meal prep forever! Let’s get into it!

“I can’t control everything in my life, but I can control what I put in my body”

Matcha Powder

This product is more than just a fine powder made of tea leaves. It’s an anti-aging, detoxifying, mood boosting power house! I always make sure to add at least a teaspoon of this stuff to my smoothies in the morning because it helps aid my health in the right direction!

Keep in mind guys, I’m definitely not referring to the matcha that goes into the green tea latte at Starbucks. Word of advice on that, proceed with caution. Although the drink is thirst quenching, the matcha Starbucks uses is filled with sugar. Stay clear of a matcha with too sugary of a base. In moderation it’s okay but an everyday pick up will only give us unwanted results.

Cacao Nibs 

Mmmm…I’ll tell you what, there’s nothing wrong with a little chocolate. Substitute milk chocolate shreds with cacao nibs! This treat consists of cacao beans that have been roasted, removed from their outer skins, and broken into bite sized pieces. Not only is this great for smoothie mixtures, it’s also amazing on some vanilla yogurt! This ingredient is full of antioxidants, potassium, and protein which makes it one of my favorite super foods!

Goji Berries

Again, another great ingredient stuffed with antioxidants. Goji berries have many benefits from improving your immune system to healthy skin, protecting your eye health, and stabilizing your blood sugar! I recommend letting these soak a bit in a blended acai bowl. At times, the berries can get hard and become too hard to eat. No one likes hard berries!

Chia Seeds

Mmmm I love putting a scoop of chia seeds into my oatmeal with some chopped strawberries and honey! This food also pairs well with coconut milk, vanilla extract, maple syrup, and a dash of cinnamon! Mix it all together and what do you get? Chia pudding!

Chia seeds carry lots of good things your body needs to function like calcium, iron, and fiber. They also carry something called omega 3 fatty acids. This ingredient helps raise HDL cholesterol, which plays a key role in protecting your body against heart attacks and strokes! So crazy how these tiny specs can serve a much larger purpose!

“Make yourself a priority”

The list goes on for benefits on these super foods. Whether you’re choosing to add them for flavor or simply for a health enhancement, there are good reasons to keep them in your kitchen! As a busy body, I try to incorporate a few of these into my daily routine. They can be life-changing beneficial! Are there any super foods I missed? What’s your favorite? I want to hear your thoughts in the comments below or on my other social platforms! Please don’t hesitate to reach out and start a conversation. Can’t wait to connect with you all!

Starbucks Combos You’ve Never Heard Of 

Have you ever accidentally came across a Starbucks drink that wasn’t on the menu? Ever heard of that “secret menu” people talk about? Have you ever tried creating your own? I have!

In today’s blog post, I wanted to share with you all my favorite drinks that are NOT on the menu at Starbucks. A majority of what I usually order always has something extra. Whether that’s substituting for a healthier option or adding my own ingredients, I choose it my way! Sometimes, the things I come up with taste pretty decent! Here are the best ones!

Purple Dream

The purple dream consists of a creamy soy milk base combined with the Very Berry Refresher. A sweet and subtle fruit taste mixed with vanilla is exactly what you can expect out of this drink! This was actually ordered by accident when the Pink Drink got popular! My local Starbucks was out of the Acai Refesher and out of coconut milk so I substituted the recipe with different ingredients. It made for one new tasty beverage!

Strawberry Crunch 

If you’re going to splurge try for the strawberry crunch frappuccino! This drink is very simple! Order a Strawberries and Cream frapp with java chips. That’s it! The java chunks give the drink a savory flavor and tones down the overall sweetness of the beverage. Almost tastes like a chocolate covered strawberry!

Minty Madness

One of my absolute favorite things to order off the menu is the Iced Green Tea Latte. But to me, it will often taste bland and very filling. Throw 2 pumps of peppermint syrup in there and substitute the whole milk for non-fat. The minty flavor of the syrup compliments the matcha powder well! It’s a light, energy boosting, and refreshing flavor for a hot day!

Icy White Chocolate Raspberry

Another sweet drink great for a Spring day! Order an Iced White Chocolate Mocha with 2 pumps of raspberry (for a grande size). This option tastes awesome as a frappuccino too. If you go that route, add whipped cream with some mocha drizzle! So yummy!

Keep in mind guys, these are totally my own creations. They’re not options the staff will know if you give them the name, so follow my instructions above in order to truly get what you want! Most of these are simple and not very difficult to order. So, I hope your barista doesn’t go through too much trouble making them!

Anyways, I’d like to know what concoctions all of you can come up with! Are there any must-try drinks I need to know about? Leave them in a comment below or tell me on my other social platforms! Looking forward to giving them a shot!