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Green Smoothie Bowl with Mango + Hemp Seeds + some health benefits of smoothie bowls!

Vegan, gluten-free, nutrient packed green smoothie bowl.
Green Smoothie Bowl with Mango + the health benefits of smoothie bowls!

I feel like there are two types of people in this world.

Those who love smoothie bowls.

And those who don’t.

But first let’s talk about smoothies. When balanced correctly, they can be the perfect meal replacement or mid-meal snack. I make a seasonal version of this classic green one a few times a week. I usually eat a smoothie as snack or portable breakfast {when I’m in a real hurry}.

I drink smoothies for health reasons. They’re a great way to load up on nutrients. And they support a balanced lifestyle. But for me, smoothies aren’t super satisfying. Especially as a meal. Smoothie bowls though, totally different story. And there’s actually some science behind this. Yes you guys – science!

Green Smoothie Bowl with Mango + the health benefits of smoothie bowls!

Green Smoothie Bowl with Mango + the health benefits of smoothie bowls!

Green Smoothie Bowl with Mango + the health benefits of smoothie bowls!

If you feel weird about dumping your smoothie into a bowl, topping it real pretty, sitting down and digging in, maybe this information will help ease you into it. I doubt the smoothie bowl trend started as a means to provide better digestion and meal satisfaction, but they’re certainly subsequent benefits.

The science lies in a few basic principles.

Digestion and absorption.

And satisfaction and enjoyment.

Digestion begins in your mouth. Chewing your food {thank you beautiful toppings!} releases digestive enzymes {hello, saliva} and so the process begins. Drinking a smoothie basically delivers your food straight from straw to esophagus. Skipping this first digestive stage altogether. And, chewing helps us release nutrients. The more we chew, the more nutrients we get.

Bowls make food taste better, really. Research suggests that the vessel in which we eat our food matters. And eating from a bowl suggests a more cozy, substantial, satiating experience. Which provides a healthier relationship with food, a fuller belly and reduction in overeating.

A few of my favorite smoothie bowls include this beet berry one and this chocolate hazelnut one.

This green smoothie bowl was originally published in April 2014. Like it, love it or leave it, this post has remained one of my most popular. The images and content have been updated and improved. The recipe has stayed the same, babes. Well I added a pinch of salt. It needed it. It combines a spring combination of tropical mango and hearty greens. The hemp seeds bring a super creaminess. If you don’ have hemp on hand though, you could use flax instead.

Green Smoothie Bowl with Mango + the health benefits of smoothie bowls!

Green Smoothie Bowl with Mango + the health benefits of smoothie bowls!

Green Smoothie Bowl with Mango + the health benefits of smoothie bowls!

Green Smoothie Bowl with Mango + Hemp Seeds

Prep Time 1 min
Cook Time 1 min
Total Time 2 mins
Serves 1 bowl     adjust servings

If you don't have hemp seeds or cannot source them, flax seeds work also. The best part about smoothie bowls are the toppings. See notes below for additional topping options. This recipe makes 1 bowl, and it can easily be double or tripled.


  • 1 bananas
  • 1/2 cup mango, diced
  • 3 handfuls baby kale {or spinach}
  • 2 tablespoons hemp seeds
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk {or preferred milk}
  • 1/8 teaspoon pink salt {or sea salt}
  • handful ice


  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and process until totally smooth.
  2. Pour the smoothie into a bowl and layer on the toppings. Here I used sliced mango, a drizzle of honey, hemp seeds and red russian kale sprouts.

Recipe Notes

fresh mango slices, or other seasonal fruit
hemp seeds
chia seeds
sprouts, or micro-greens
shredded coconut
bee pollen
buckwheat groats
goji berries
Green Smoothie Bowl with Mango + the health benefits of smoothie bowls!

26 Responses to "Green Smoothie Bowl with Mango + Hemp Seeds + some health benefits of smoothie bowls!"

  1. Reply


    May 2, 2014 at 2:30 PM

    Just beautiful, Sherrie! This is too perfect for spring, and it sounds beyond delicious and refreshing.

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    May 3, 2014 at 1:25 AM

    This is just too freaking good looking. Like a little bowl-full-a-spring! Yum.

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    May 3, 2014 at 1:50 AM

    This bright green color and those yellow mango slices. I love love love this smoothie!

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    Loving Life Naturally

    January 15, 2015 at 12:22 PM

    Too beautiful not to share!

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    Hippie Butter

    February 13, 2015 at 7:11 PM

    I bet a little scoop of hemp seed butter would go great on top. I have one word for your recipe, amazing! And excellent photos, they’re going to look great on Pinterest.

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    Sarah | Well and Full

    July 28, 2015 at 10:28 AM

    This bowl is so beautifully designed. I feel like when I make a smoothie bowl, it just looks like someone made a smoothie and then threw a bunch of blueberries on top of it.

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    Eden Passante

    September 22, 2015 at 5:30 PM

    This is so beautiful. The colors look amazing, and I’m sure it’s delicious too!

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    Michelle Landry

    April 14, 2016 at 7:01 AM

    I just bought some mangos and am determined to have some greens everyday. Thank you! This looks absolutely delicious!

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    April 19, 2016 at 12:26 PM

    Can this be made the night before? I cannot use the blender in the morning or I will wake up the house.

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      April 19, 2016 at 3:50 PM

      It sure can, Susie.

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    Barrie Scaglione

    March 27, 2017 at 8:53 PM

    A smoothie bowl. What a great idea. I will have to try this one!

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      March 28, 2017 at 11:28 PM

      You’ll love it mom. When I’m visiting next I’ll make some for us. With all that fresh Florida produce! xx

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    March 28, 2017 at 5:58 AM

    Currently devouring this for breakfast. Used frozen banana and mango, and 1 cup almond milk – but hot damn is the velvety texture and flavour combo so perfect! YUM.

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      March 28, 2017 at 11:28 PM

      Those hemp seeds! They bring all the creaminess. So glad it did the trick for you this morning, xx.

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    Kelsey @ Appeasing a Food Geek

    March 28, 2017 at 6:40 AM

    As someone who conducted part of her master’s thesis research on saliva (which is pretty disgusting) this made me so happy! That first step of chewing and the co-mingling of saliva and food is so important for mental perception of satiety. That’s part of the reason why I’ve never been one to consume smoothies. They just don’t do the trick for me. But I kind of forgot all about smoothie bowls. I’ll have to give this one a try! xo

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      March 28, 2017 at 11:40 PM

      Saliva thesis! How fun :)

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    March 28, 2017 at 7:15 AM

    Ah Sherrie – I do love a good update. And I must admit – I am not a smoothie gal. Sure maybe on the rare occasion in the middle of the summer heat, but otherwise I just never even think of them. I do however, love a good juice – go figure. It snowed here last night, but hopefully sometime in July I will think back to you and your wise words and give this beauty a go. Have a great week, xx.

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      March 28, 2017 at 11:25 PM

      Jodi! Snow! Oh my! Sending love, xx.

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    March 28, 2017 at 9:28 AM

    How beautiful and inviting! I used to like smoothies and then I had too much, and I couldn’t think of them at all. Now I am into matcha lattes, but seeing this beauty made me want smoothies again. Thank you!

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    Kalenna DuBois

    March 28, 2017 at 10:56 AM

    This looks so yummy and refreshing!

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    Eden Passante

    March 28, 2017 at 3:27 PM

    This look incredible. Almost too pretty to eat!

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    michelle @ hummingbird high

    March 29, 2017 at 10:26 AM

    Wow, that’s crazy that chewing/eating out of specific vehicles has such an effect on how we consume/enjoy our food. Thanks for sharing! These bowls also look delicious. xo

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    Todd Wagner | HonestlyYUM

    March 29, 2017 at 10:55 AM

    I love this so much. Thank you for breaking-it-down with such authority. I’m a huge fan of smoothie bowls. Basically, whenever I made a smoothie, I’d end up putting toppings on it, and trying to reach my spoon awkwardly into a tall cup. Inevitably, I became a smoothie bowl convert, and have never looked back. Beautifully recipe here, Sherrie!

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    March 30, 2017 at 1:43 PM

    I admit that I’ve always been weird about smoothie bowls (despite the fact that I’ve loved acai bowls since the early 2000s). However, I feel like I should get over it and try one because they sound so so convenient. Not to mention they’re usually gorgeous!

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    Shelly @ Vegetarian 'Ventures

    March 31, 2017 at 4:08 PM

    So beautiful. Don’t be mad but I’m usually totally on the ‘hate it’ side but mostly because that extra step of adding it to a bowl and getting toppings ready just seemed like too much to me. But with those benefits you mentioned, I should probably just embrace the extra two minutes those steps take and start making my smoothies into bowls.

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    Jennifer Farley

    April 1, 2017 at 11:54 AM

    This is a beautiful smoothie bowl. I was a total skeptic until I grabbed one for dinner at an airport one time and had my aha moment. I could put THINGS on it. IT was visually appealing. I GOT IT. Been a bowl enthusiast ever since.

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