A healthy, vegan smoothie bowl for the Fourth of July. Or the fourth of any month.
As you may know, I’m someone who loves random bits of trivia. Especially trivia that’s even remotely related to food.
So before I give you my last Fourth of July recipe for this year, did you know…
- Both Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died on July 4, 1826 within five hours of each other.
- Americans consume more hot dogs on July 4 than any other day of the year, with 155 million hot dogs being consumed on Independence Day alone.
- Not only is it a mystery what in a hot dog, but it’s also a mystery how the hot dog came to be.
- The first person to put their John Hancock (so to speak) on the Declaration of Independence was, in fact, John Hancock.
While most people probably don’t focus on breakfast for the Fourth of July, there’s no reason why the first meal of the day can’t be fun and festive.
If you’re looking for something that’s ridiculously easy, super healthy, doesn’t require an oven (or stove) and only takes a few minutes to whirl together, then I have a suggestion for you: the smoothie bowl.
For ages I’ve avoided smoothie bowls, simply because I think things in glasses look pretty (and after taking so many oatmeal pictures, I was kind of tired of seeing bowls all the time).
But then one day it hit me. I eat my smoothies with a spoon. I love adding toppings (especially granola!) to my smoothies. So I hadn’t tried a smoothie bowl, why!?
I guess what I’m trying to say is: expect more smoothie bowls in the future. Anything you can decorate is going to be a hit with me.
I simply can’t end this post without including three more random trivia facts:
- The US imported $257.8 million worth of fireworks in 2014.
- July 4 is also Liberation Day in Rwanda
- In a letter to his wife Abigail, John Adams declared, ‘The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America’. We can all be wrong.
Have a festive Fourth of July (or just a fabulous weekend)!
- For the smoothie
- 1 frozen banana
- ½ cup frozen cherries
- ½ cup chopped cantaloupe (rockmelon)
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ cup almond milk
- Shredded coconut
- Sliced banana
- Blend the frozen banana, cherries, cantaloupe, vanilla extract and almond milk until smooth. For a thinner smoothie, add more almond milk. For a thicker smoothie, add more frozen cherries.
- Transfer the smoothie to a bowl.
- Decorate the ‘flag’ by sprinkling some shredded coconut in the top left-hand corner. Arrange the sliced banana into ‘stripes’, and sprinkle blueberries over the shredded coconut to make the ‘stars’.