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These Smoothie Bowls Taste As Beautiful As They Look

06/02/2015 11:52 am ET | Updated Jul 08, 2015

Putting your smoothie in a bowl with pieces of fruit and nuts is a much more satisfying way to enjoy your breakfast.

By Lynn Andriani

  • A New Way To Get Your Daily Antioxidants
    Lynn Andriani
    Blueberries often show up on the breakfast table in pancakes or cereal, but this deep fuchsia blend casts the vitamin-and-fiber-packed blueberries in a whole new light. Blueberries deliver a good dose of manganese, which plays an important role in bone health and metabolism, as well as those famous antioxidants (specifically, cancer-preventing anthocyanins), while a teaspoon of chia seeds helps the smoothie thicken up nicely, making it perfectly suited for a bowl.

    Get the recipe: Banana-Berry-Chia Smoothie Bowl
  • Another Reason To Declare Orange Is The New Black
    Charles Masters
    Frozen mango chunks and plain yogurt form the basis of this simple, delicious meal. While it's tasty on its own, the real excitement lies in the garnishes: toasted coconut flakes, diced pineapple and sunflower seeds deliver pops of sweet flavor and the perfect amount of crunch.

    Get the recipe: Mango Smoothie Bowl
  • A Veggie Bowl You'll Actually Want To Eat At 8AM
    Lynn Andriani
    A green smoothie can be a nutritious way to start your day, but if you're thinking it'll taste too much like a salad, don't worry. This one gets a bright taste from a generous squirt of lime juice, sweetness from a Granny Smith apple and some zip from ginger and mint. And while the recipe calls for kale, if you prefer spinach, chard or collards, they're fine to swap in. (Just wash the greens well first because they can be sandy.)

    Get the recipe: Green Smoothie Recipe
  • A Protein-Packed Meal With A Caribbean Feel
    Lynn Andriani
    This tropical-tasting bowl (made with pineapple and banana) also includes a few spoonfuls of almond butter, which will keep you full. Garnish it with cinnamon and flaked coconut and cue the steel drums.

    Get the recipe: Coco-Pineapple-Almond Smoothie Bowl
  • The Sweet Breakfast With An Unexpected Twist
    Lynn Andriani
    Although you might think the bright red color of this bowl comes just from red berries, they're just one reason for the hue. Roasted beets are the other component to this smoothie! They not only add brilliant color, but they bring a deep, earthy flavor that pairs well with tangy plain yogurt and sweet and tart fresh raspberries. A tiny bit of honey keeps it from tasting like a bowl of borscht.

    Get the recipe: Beet-Yogurt Smoothie Bowl

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  • The Nutritional Powerhouse For When You Feel Like A Nut
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    Frothy egg whites are the surprising ingredient that help cinnamon and sugar stick to almonds in this simple roasted snack. The nuts are excellent sources of magnesium, which can help you feel more relaxed. Get the recipe: Cinnamon-Glazed Almonds
  • The Simplest Fruit-And-Chocolate Combo Ever
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    Whether you prefer to think of this as a smoothie you eat with a spoon or a dairy-free pudding, there’s no arguing that whipped bananas and pears plus dark chocolate chips are a delicious combination. Use well-ripened fruit to ensure the finished dish is sweet and smooth. Get the recipe: Banana Pear Pudding with Chocolate Chips
  • Cookies With A Secret You’d Never Guess
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  • Another Delicious Reason To Keep Old Bananas
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  • The Holiday Indulgence We’d Gladly Enjoy Whenever
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    This healthy take on fruit cake is just as flavorful as traditional versions, minus the extra calories. The recipe calls for dried cherries, raisins, apricots, figs and dates, but you can use any fruits you like. It also includes brewed tea and orange zest, which add bright notes. Get the recipe: Fruity Spiced Tea Cake
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