5 Superfood Smoothie Bowls To Try This Summer
1/5 Matcha Melon at Flamingo Bloom
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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2/5 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
3/5 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
4/5 Be-Juiced + Bar
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
5/5 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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