Tropical Mango Smoothie Bowl

I am feeling refreshed and fulfilled after an amazing vacation in Maui. We hiked waterfalls, layed by the pool, drank champagne, enjoyed local fish and coconut ice cream, went snorkeling, and munched on island fruit.

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It’s always an adjustment to transition from vacay mode back to adulting. Since arriving back to Monterey, I’ve started my new position at the gym (more to come on this later if you guys are interested), received my official Precision Nutrition Certification in the mail (yup, I offer Nutrition Coaching now!), and redecorated my bedroom, all while struggling from some major jet lag. It’s always an adjustment to transition from vacay mode back to adulting. Rather than mourn the end of my trip, I decided to bring a piece of the island back to my kitchen!

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If you follow me on Snapchat, you know one of my favorite island treats are smoothie bowls. (If you don’t follow me, why the hell not?! Add me – username: lifeinspandex). They have the consistency of fro-yo without all the artificial additives and a whole lot of good stuff. Hello micronutrients!

Tropical Mango Smoothie Bowl

I love putting frozen mangoes in my smoothies. They give them a super creamy texture and are filled with anti-aging antioxidants and Vitamins C, B, and A. Mangoes can also help alkalize the body, aid in digestions, promote low blood pressure, and even possibly prevent cancer! One of the best parts of a smoothie bowl? Toppings! I used some low-sugar granola, frozen blueberries, and chia seeds. However, the options are limitless. I also like topping my bowls with sliced almonds, hemp seeds, shredded unsweetened coconut, and fresh fruit.

Tropical Mango Smoothie Bowl

Tropical Mango Smoothie Bowl


1/2 cup frozen mango

1 frozen banana

1 tbsp all-nautral peanut butter

1 scoop vanilla plant-based or whey protein powder

1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk (You can add more if needed. The less liquid you use, the thicker the shake will be)

Whatever toppings your little heart desires!

Tropical Mango Smoothie Bowl


  1. Put all ingredients in a blender.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Pour in a bowl
  4. Add toppings and eat up, buttercup!

What do you do to help lessen the blow of post-vacation blues? Tell me in the comment box below!

Health and happiness,


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Hi and welcome to Life in Spandex! I'm Emily, a personal trainer who believes there should be no secrets standing in your way to getting fit. I am sharing my knowledge here on this blog in order to help you reach your goals. Fitness should be fun, eating healthy should taste good, and feeling your absolute best is the ultimate goal. Let's get fit together!
  1. […] my love-hate relationship with sugar for recipes like my Chocolate Banana Nut Protein Pancakes, Tropical Mango Smoothie Bowl, Yogurt and Chocolate Dipped Strawberries, and Double Chocolate Single Serve Mug […]

  2. Emily-I love frozen mangoes too. However, I had one fitness coach tell me that my morning regime of yogurt, fruit and granola (homemade of course) was high calorie so I’m confused as to what to do. I eat a bowl maybe 2x a week. Your positives on the above recipe make it seem possible. Please advise. Would you access my granola recipe and let me know if I need to change anything with it? And where did you get your mermaid tea towel? (-:

    1. Hi Libby, the carbohydrates, fats, and proteins each of us need are different. I definitely don’t eat this bowl every day not every week since I tend to be more carb sensitive. If you have any further questions about your nutrition, I offer nutrition coaching! Just email me at xoxo

      1. Thank you. I’ll definitely reach out. For the moment I’m tracking my carbs/fats/proteins as percentages and eating well. (enough calories too). Its much better than restriction ‘diets’.

    2. Oh and I got it in Maui! Lol

  3. THE LAST TASTES OF SUMMER in a bowl! πŸ˜‰

  4. Love the photos, and the smoothie looks yummie

    1. Thanks Cecilia!! πŸ™‚

  5. Anything with Mango – and I’m obsessed! I recently had mango salsa and I’m still thinking about it.

    1. I love mango salsa!! It’s best fresh, but trader joes has a really good one too

  6. Ooooo, this looks so amazing! I wish I could eat mango (I developed a really bad allergy to it recently). Might have to do it and substitute other fruits!

    1. Aw man! I think it would be good with pineapple or papaya too!!

  7. I love smoothie bowl. I am always looking for new flavors to try out.

    1. They’re so refreshing and fulfilling. Satisfies my sweet tooth too πŸ˜‰

  8. I’m going to need the vacation and the smoothie please.It looks like you had a great time.

    1. I could go for one of both again too πŸ˜‰

  9. This looks yummy! I’m so glad you had a nice trip. Maui looks beautiful.

  10. I’ve never been to Maui — looks amazing! Glad you had a great trip!

    1. It’s beautiful! Have you been to any of the islands, Michelle?

    2. It’s so beautiful! Have you been to any of the islands, Michelle?

  11. Great time on vacation, congratulations on earning your certificate and starting your new position and on the great looking smoothie bowl.

    1. Thank you Candy! πŸ™‚

  12. I will be enjoying this for breakfast tomorrow. Thank you!!!

    1. You’re welcome!! Enjoy, Amanda πŸ™‚

  13. My friend and I just discovered smoothie bowls over the weekend. So excited to try this!

    1. Yay!!! They’re addicting. πŸ˜‰

  14. Looks so good! Thank you for sharing! Pinning!

  15. I’m such a homebody. By the time I get home from a vacation, I’m ready to be home. It’s not that I don’t enjoy vacation, but I like being around my stuff. This smoothie bowl is interesting.

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