Recipe: Berry Smoothie Bowl

For a while now, smoothie bowls were something I never thought much of. I loved looking at photos of them on the internet, but actually making one seemed unnecessary to me. It's just like eating a lumpy smoothie with a spoon. 

But while spending the day at the beach, I saw a ton of people sitting on the beach eating these gorgeous looking pink bowls filled with fruit. After hunting down where they were from, and also what they were (pitaya bowls!), I knew I needed one (and then maybe another one for the trip home...). I was hooked. It's like smoothie soft serve and I haven't stopped eating these at home.

I do have to give credit to my friend, Chelsea, for teaching me how to properly freeze a banana. Pro tip: don't freeze it with the peel on. 

Berry Smoothie Bowl

Makes one very large bowl

Smoothie Bowl
1 banana
1 1/2 cup frozen mixed berries
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup plain or vanilla yogurt

Toppings
1/2 cup granola
3 strawberries, sliced
1/4 cup blueberries
1/4 cup raspberries
3 tablespoons of toasted coconut

Peel the banana and place in a bowl in the freeze for a minimum of an hour.

Once semi-frozen, blend the banana together with frozen berries, yogurt, and water. Once fully blended, spoon into a large bowl and top with any toppings of your choice. I went with toasted coconut, blueberries, raspberry, strawberries, and granola. Eat immediately.

Recipe: Watermelon Pizzas

Do people still bring fruit salads to backyard bbqs?

When I think about it, I was a child the last time I ate a homemade, melon-ball-filled fruit salad made by someone's aunt. Maybe I just don't go to enough good bbqs and I should reevaluate the people I know. Maybe the fruit salad has been replaced with the fruit tray, which is great but always includes that dip in the center that I can't resist. And store-bought fruit salads are 90% giant melon chunks, which really breaks the "everything should be the same size" rule and is a complete disappointment to me since I don't like cantaloupe or honeydew. Don't people own melon ballers anymore?

Since we're on the topic of fruit salads, that's basically what these Watermelon Pizzas are. It's definitely not necessary to cover a watermelon slice with a fruit salad so it looks like a pizza. These probably also wouldn't be great for a large bbq as they are a little time consuming to decorate. But if you want a fun way to eat some fruit, throw it on a watermelon slice to look like a pizza and feed a few friends. It's for the sake of fun. And healthier than dipping strawberries into that fruit dip!

These pizzas can be made with whatever fruit combination you can think of. Below I made one with peaches, blueberries, and basil (which also has kiwis in the picture, could have done without honestly) and one with strawberries, blueberries, and kiwis. They both include goat cheese, but if you could try feta instead! Want to make these vegan? Switch out cheese for coconut flakes. Don't like balsamic vinegar? Leave it off! Have a bunch of mint growing in the garden? Switch out the basil of that! Possibilities are really up to you. 

The only thing to note: For presentation purposes, you'll want to slice your fruit a little on the thicker side. Really thin slices of the kiwi and peaches started to become transparent on top of the moist watermelon. But, still tasted good!

Peach, Blueberry, and Basil Watermelon Pizza

Yields 6 slices per pizza

1 1-inch slice of watermelon
1 ounce goat cheese
handful of blueberries
1/4 of a peach, sliced
3 basil leaves
balsamic vinegar 

Cut slice of water into 6 equal pieces. Add fruit so that each slices has a little bit of everything. Sprinkle with goat cheese. On a cutting board, roll the basil leaves into a little tube and slice into strips. Sprinkle on pizza. Finish with a little balsamic vinegar. Serve and eat immediately.

Berry and Kiwi Watermelon Pizza

Yields 6 slices per pizza

1 1-inch watermelon slice
1 ounce goat cheese
handful of blueberries
3-4 strawberries, sliced
half kiwi, sliced
balsamic vinegar 

Cut slice of water into 6 equal pieces. Add fruit so that each slices has a little bit of everything. Sprinkle with goat cheese. Finish with a little balsamic vinegar. Serve and eat immediately.