5 Superfood Smoothie Bowls To Try This Summer

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July 20, 2018 | BY Erica Fong

Smoothie bowls have taken over our Instagram feeds and it's no surprise why. Colourful, delicious and fun to eat, they're thicker than smoothies with an ice-cream like base and topped with a kaleidoscope of superfood toppings in rainbow colours. Great for breakfast, snack time or even dessert, try one of the following Hong Kong smoothie bowls to cool off this summer:

Matcha Melon (Photo: Courtesy of Flamingo Bloom)
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Matcha Melon at Flamingo Bloom

Superfood: Matcha

With a creamy base made out of bananas, red grapes, raw oats, almond milk and premium matcha powder, the Matcha Melon smoothie bowl at Flamingo Bloom is topped with a medley of fresh fruit including mango, strawberries, honey melon and banana. 

Matcha is well known for its antioxidant properties and its ability to boost brain function, decrease bad cholesterol, increase metabolism and protect the heart and liver from damage.

Flamingo Bloom, G/F, Shop B, World Trust Tower, 50 Stanley Street, Central, Hong Kong, flamingo-bloom.com

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Smoothie bowls at The Cakery (Photo: Courtesy of The Cakery)
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Blue Ocean at The Cakery

Superfood: Blue spirulina

Calming just to look at, the Blue Ocean smoothie bowl is exclusively available at The Cakery’s Landmark location, along with their two other smoothie bowls. Made with bananas, coconut milk and blue spirulina, it’s a creamy concoction that's topped with blueberries, coconut flakes, honey, chia seed, almond and lavender.

Blue spirulina is actually a blue pigment derived from blue-green algae more commonly known as spirulina, which is typically a deep green colour. Even though the pigment has been extracted and singled out, it remains rich in protein, vitamins, minerals, carotenoids and antioxidants that can help protect cells from damage.

The Cakery Landmark, Shop 303, 3/F, Landmark Atrium, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong, thecakery.com

The Cocobowl (Photo: @supabowlhk/Instagram)
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Cocobowl at Supabowl

Superfood: Homemade almond butter

Packed with more superfoods than you can pronounce, the smoothie bowls at Supabowl are especially popular on Instagram. Make your own bowl, or go for the crowd favourite Cocobowl as it comes in a freshly husked coconut shell that you can either keep as decoration (after scooping the meat out) or boil in soup (without the shell). 

Topped with strawberries, banana, blueberries, coconut flakes, kiwi and more, be sure to ask for a drizzle of their homemade almond butter for a shot of natural, good-for-you protein. Almond butter is a good source of healthy monounsaturated fats, vitamin E and magnesium, which boosts heart health by promoting the blow of blood, oxygen, and nutrients. It also keeps your blood sugar stable so you can avoid that mid-afternoon crash.

Supabowl, Shop A1, 5 Swatow Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong, supabowlhk.com

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Acai bowls (Photo: Courtesy of Bejuiced)
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Be-Juiced + Bar

Superfood: Acai

A long-time favourite for Hong Kong smoothie bowl lovers, Be-Juiced offers acai bowls on the icier side made with frozen acai pulp, fresh banana and apple juice. Choose from a variety of toppings such as bee pollen, goji berries, chia seeds, cashew nuts, hemp seeds and more, in addition to fresh fruit.

Acai berries come from the Amazon rainforest and are loaded with antioxidants—even more than their berry counterparts: blueberries and cranberries. Other benefits include increased energy, immunity, mental function and libido—so get ready to burn some extra calories.

Be-Juiced + Bar, 45 Peel St, Central, Hong Kong, bejuiced-hk.com

The Acai Berry bowl (Photo: Erica Fong/Hong Kong Tatler)
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Acai Berry Bowl at Grassroots Pantry

Superfood: Sprouted pumpkin seeds

Made with frozen acai pulp and Raglan coconut yoghurt, a dairy-free alternative from New Zealand, the Acai Berry Cacao Bowl at Grassroots Pantry is the perfect combination of sweet and tart. It's topped with seasonal fruits, cranberry clusters and toasted coconuts, along with flax seeds and sprouted pumpkin seeds that have been dehydrated into chewy chunks. 

Pumpkin seeds are packed with magnesium that help regulate blood sugar, reduce heart disease risk and control blood pressure. They're also high in dietary fibre and can help with insomnia due to their high levels of tryptophan, an amino acid that aids sleep.

Grassroots Pantry, 108 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, grassrootspantry.com

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