Whenever I think of summer, fruit always comes to mind. I love snacking on fresh fruit instead of reaching for something packaged and processed, specially during summer when fresh fruit is always readily available and in season. Here in Southern California, smoothie bowls have become very popular and today I decided to share how I've been enjoying them. Basically, all you need to do is cut a large fruit such as a papaya, coconut, or cantaloupe in half, discard the insides and you'll be left with a hollow that will be filled with your delicious smoothie (or greek yogurt as seen in the cantaloupe above). Next, (this is the fun part!) you get to customize it with any toppings of your liking. It isn't summer without fruit, and these yummy fruit bowls always give me all the summer feels. They're tropical, fresh, perfect for a quick breakfast or as a snack, and will instantly transport you to a summertime state of mind. Also, the possibilities are endless when it comes to options. Here are some of my favorites:
fruit bowl options: cantaloupe, coconut, papaya, honeydew melon, pineapple
inside: greek yogurt, smoothie of your choice (make sure to make it thick like you would with a regular smoothie bowl), acai smoothie (used to make an acai bowl), cottage cheese, banana nice cream
toppings: strawberries, banana, blueberries, unsweetened shredded coconut, chia seeds, peaches, granola, almond slices, bee pollen, kiwi, diced pineapple, honey
I've thoroughly been enjoying these easy and healthy fruit bowls this summer. I actually remember growing up, every summer my mom would cut open a cantaloupe, scoop out the insides, and fill it back up with strawberry ice cream. I guess you can say this was directly inspired by her... but we're keeping it a little on the healthier side! Ha! Let me know if you decide to make one of these yummy fruit bowls. I'd love to see how you customize it to your liking!
As always, thank you so much for taking a moment to stop by and read. I know I hardly ever post food related blogs, I just couldn't help but share these sweet summer fruit bowls.